New episodes of Books & Co. premiere Wednesdays at 11:30 p.m. on Arizona PBS (8.1) with additional airings Thursdays at 6 p.m. on World (8.3).
As a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, Matthew Palmer has extensive knowledge about global crises and international affairs. Palmer also served on the Council on Foreign relations and currently works for the State Department’s Bureau of Asian and Pacific Affairs. He is fluent in Serbo-Croatian. Palmer toured as an officer in Bosnia, as well as a political counselor. H also spent time in Yugoslavia, where his experiences ultimately inspired his latest novel, The Wolf of Sarajevo.
More than 150 authors - Gain insight into their work and the craft of writing
Books & Co. is an Arizona PBS original production made possible by the Department of English at Arizona State University.
In 1993, long before Oprah’s picks and celebrity book clubs, Arizona PBS introduced Books & Co. The series was based on a simple premise. We would invite writers to join our host to discuss their work and the craft of writing. Over the years Books & Co. has captured some remarkably candid moments as more than 150 guests have shared their thoughts, their moods, even their intellectual quirks.
Join host Alberto Álvaro Ríos, ASU Regents’ Professor of English, distinguished author and poet (also the very first Books & Co. guest in 1993) as he welcomes a new guest each week to our Arizona PBS studios for a half-hour of wide-ranging conversations, including fresh faces on the literary scene, as well as established and prominent writers.
Our back-catalog of authors from all literary genres includes familiar names like Sherman Alexie, David Baldacci, Ann Brashares, Clive Cussler, E.L. Doctorow, Diana Gabaldon, Barbara Kingsolver, Yann Martel, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Jodi Picoult and Anne Rice. The diversity of writers and subject matter has created a singular archive of which we are justifiably proud.
Our website is designed to be a resource for book clubs and bibliophiles of all stripes, where you will find:
It is a resource book clubs can use to choose titles and authors or to develop discussion topics. You can also just catch up on some of the great episodes you may have missed.
1993-1998: Ron Carlson and Jana Bommersbach
The first hosts of Books & Co. were former ASU Professor Ron Carlson, a writer himself, and journalist/author Jana Bommersbach. They alternated hosting the show throughout each season, from the show’s inception through 1998.
2004-2009: Ron Carlson
Books & Co. took a hiatus until 2004, when prolific author Ron Carlson resumed hosting through early 2009 – with the exception of one single episode in 2008, in which Jana Bommersbach returned to interview Ron about his latest book Five Skies, which was just being published at that time.
2009 – present: Alberto Álvaro Ríos
Mid-way through the 2009 season, our current host, multi-award-winning author and Arizona's Poet Laureate Alberto Álvaro Ríos, took over the host’s chair. Alberto is also Regents Professor of English at Arizona State University and Katharine C. Turner Endowed Chair in English. He added his “Host’s Impressions” to Arizona PBS' online resources for each author featured on the show, and as an established author himself, Alberto continued the Books & Co. tradition of conversations with fellow authors that probe deeply into the writer’s craft.
Created by the host Alberto Álvaro Ríos.