LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- What do Ray Bradbury, Elmore Leonard, Anne Rice, James Ellroy, Kirk Douglas, Ron Howard, Queen Noor of Jordan, Walter Moseley, Sidney Sheldon, Coach John Wooden, Robert Reich, Mario Puzo, Ralph Nader, Mitch Albom, Sir Ridley Scott, Dean Koontz, Arianna Huffington and Erin Brockovitch have in common? They are among the scores of noted authors who have guested in discussion and celebration of their works on one of Public Broadcasting's rare, nationally broadcast series promoting reading, Between The Lines, hosted and produced by Barry Kibrick.
The three-time Emmy winning show, a staple on PBS nationally for two decades, will halt production following its three remaining taped broadcasts, Kibrick has announced, "unless and until corporate and audience funding, the first we have ever sought, materializes." Between The Lines airs in a remarkable 160 markets including 48 of the top 50, providing 92% national coverage. The show to date has been funded by a non-profit now facing its own financial cuts. A prior crisis was averted with the funding input of super-selling author Sidney Sheldon, an early guest on and fan of the lauded and loved program.