Kansas City Star television critic Aaron Barnhart discusses his new book Tasteland, a look back at the best TV of the past 15 years, on Thursday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The event marks the release of the book, in which Barnhart chronicles the 100 best television programs to air during his 15 years as a critic. Each selection includes Barnhart's comments. His selections can all be rented, bought, or downloaded.
The period covered in the book is one of the most turbulent periods in television history. Starting with the late-night talk wars of the mid-1990s, through the rise of quality dramas like The Sopranos, coverage of the 9/11 attacks and televised warfare, reality television, and new technology for watching anytime and anywhere, Tasteland is a fast-paced channel-surf through time.
Barnhart wrote about television for a variety of publications, including the Village Voice and The New York Times, before joining The Star in 1997. He is a regular guest on KCUR's The Walt Bodine Show.
Copies of Tasteland will be available for sale, and Barnhart will sign copies following the event.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event.