Books about Christmas -- recommended by the Library of Congress -- will be featured as part of the CBS-/Library of Congress-sponsored "Read More About It" project Saturday night.
At the conclusion of "The Gift" (CBS, 9 p.m.) -- Pete Hamill's tale about a young Navy man who returns to his boyhood home on Christmas -- actor Gary Frank will suggest three books (out of a list nine) for Christmas reading.
"The Gift" marks the third presentation of the "Read More About It" project which provides on-air information about books related to the subjects of selected television programs.
The brainchild of Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin, the project was developed through the Library's Center for the Book, which is charged by a 1977 Act of Congress with creating ways to promote reading.
"We bring together two of the greatest technologies in human history -- books and television," says Boorstin. "We will use the power, the pleasure and the excitement of television to awaken unimagined vast new audiences to the power, the pleasure and the excitement of books."
The project helps television achieve its "fullest potential," say CBS Broadcast Group President Gene F. Jankowski, by "tapping the many opportunities it offers to reach wide audiences of young and old to inform, to stimulate and to motivate."
Programs are expected to continue on a monthly basis throughout 1980, according to the Center for the Book's executive director John Y. Cole. Topics of future programs will include teenage alcoholism, genetic engineering and the life of Paul Gauguin.
The Library of Congress suggests these books to complement "The Gift": "A Christmas Memory," by Truman Capote "Christmas Tales for Reading Aloud," edited by Robert Lohan. "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," by Barbara Robinson. "Miracle on 34th Street," by Valentine Davies. "Miracle in the Wilderness," by Paul Gallico "The Homecoming," by Earl Hamner. "The Gift of the Magi," by O. Henry (pen name of William Sydney Porter). "No Holly for Miss Quinn," by Miss Read. "The Happening," by John Wahtera.