Wednesday, April 23, 2014 · 10:36 a.m.

The North Shore's Winder Binder Gallery and Bookstore will be featured on C-SPAN next week as part of a series in which the public affairs network will showcase Chattanooga history and literary works.

Owner of the local bookstore David Smotherman said it isn't every day that his shop is featured on national television. And when he says "not every day," he means "never," he joked. 

"Anything like this is really cool," he said. "It's a big deal." 

The C-SPAN crews will be in town next week because Chattanooga was chosen as one of 20 United States cities to be visited on the 2013 Cities Tour. 

The Winder Binder interview is scheduled for Thursday, Smotherman said. And C-SPAN representatives will likely interview several other local authors, such as Bill Hull, Smotherman said. 

On Monday, officials will reveal more information about what stories and segments will be covered, according to a news release. 

During their time in Chattanooga, C-SPAN representatives will also conduct community outreach. And they will explain what brought them to Chattanooga and how local residents can use C-SPAN's free resources. 

The Chattanooga stories will air Jan. 18-19 on nonfiction book channel Book TV (C-SPAN2, Comcast channel 104) and history channel American History TV (C-SPAN3, Comcast channel 105) during C-SPAN’s special. 

While the C-SPAN coverage is good national publicity, it also draws local publicity, which helps Smotherman's store, he said. 

This week, Smotherman worked with producers, who conducted a brief interview with him in preparation for next week. 

For more information, visit the C-SPAN Cities Tour website and the C-SPAN Cities Tour Twitter page.

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