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BLOOMINGTON - An author's writing style and methods came under heavy scrutiny at the monthly meeting of the Books and Bites club Thursday, and like a fly on the wall, C-SPAN captured it all.

That is, a fly on the wall equipped with three cameras, a sound man, studio lights and a control panel.

The public-affairs cable television network chose to film the club for its "Book TV" program because the club covers nonfiction books, said Krysta Tepper, marketing manager of the Bloomington Public Library.

"It was a grand adventure today," said librarian Jane Chamberlain, who led the discussion. "It was a lot of fun."

The library staff learned Tuesday a crew would be in town filming the club for C-SPAN.

C-SPAN filmed the book club's discussion of Barbara Ehrenreich's book "Nickel and Dimed." It was the first meeting in the club's 11-book series for 2006.

The club is co-sponsored by the Bloomington Public Library and the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department.

Ehrenreich spent time working various jobs trying to understand how unskilled laborers and the working poor try to make ends meet. Club members questioned the validity of her experience.

"I think her privileged background kept her from really understanding what it means to live paycheck to paycheck in an apartment with little to no furniture," said club member Deborah Zilm.

"She bailed at the end of her month," said club member Gerry Decker. "And she was not living just on her salary she made while working at those jobs."

The club had 14 members for Thursday's discussion at the Lincoln Leisure Center.

Chamberlain often times found herself refereeing when the conversation veered off topic onto such things as break times for factory workers.

Director of the segment, Jason Fowler, said he has been filming several book clubs' discussion for the C-SPAN program. He said there will be little editing done of the film.

"C-SPAN goes for a fly-on-the-wall approach to filming," Fowler said. "We will send them the tape and it will air pretty much as is."

An air date for the Books and Bites club has not been scheduled.


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