When you think of the C-SPAN television network, you probably picture scenes from congressional hearings and meetings. I will admit, that is what I thought too. But what I didn't realize, is how much they do with the history of towns and cities all over the country. On the first and third weekends of each month, C-SPAN Cities Tour features the literary life and history of a city – and Amarillo is next on the tour. Tours include visits to literary and historic sites in each town, and interviews with local historians, authors, elected officials and civic leaders.

“We are very excited that C-SPAN has chosen Amarillo for the C-SPAN Cities Tour,” Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson said. “Amarillo has a proud, rich and diverse history, as well as a vibrant literary culture. We look forward to sharing these unique and interesting aspects of Amarillo with a national audience.”

The tour week in Amarillo kicks off on Tuesday, November 5th, where C-SPAN will record the history and non-fiction literary life of Amarillo for the cable network’s non-fiction book channel Book TV on C-SPAN2 and history channel American History TV on C-SPAN3. In a news conference set to kick the week off, C-SPAN Cities Tour producers will reveal the stories and segments that will be explored by the national network. C-SPAN producers will visit various literary and historic sites, as well as interview local historians and non-fiction authors in the area.

Look for Amarillo segments to air on Book TV (C-SPAN2) and American History TV (C-SPAN3) throughout C-SPAN's special Amarillo weekend, Jan. 4-5, 2020.