BookExpo has invited Senator Al Franken and comedian Marc Maron to appear on a panel discussing politics and their forthcoming books. The conversation is slated for June 1 at 12:30 p.m.
The pairing of the two—Franken is a comedian-turned-politician, and Maron frequently engages his podcast guests in discussions that touch on societal or political issues—may point to a willingness by BookExpo to feature more charged political commentary. The annual gathering of publishers and booksellers may try, in coming months, to tilt its programming for an audience that has become more outwardly political since the 2016 presidential election.
Franken's upcoming memoir, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, which Twelve Books will release on May 30, details his run for the senate in Minnesota after his time at Saturday Night Live. Maron's upcoming book, Waiting for the Punch: Words to Live by From the WTF Podcast, will be published by Flatiron Books on October 17.
This article has been updated for clarity.