Time magazine's Joe Klein to discuss “Islam, Iraq and the War on Terror”

Contact: Mark Gould
Director, Public Information Office
For Immediate Release
November 13, 2006

Time magazine’s Joe Klein to discuss “Islam, Iraq and the War

on Terror” at the eighth annual Midwinter Curley Lecture

(CHICAGO) Joe Klein, senior writer for Time magazine and author of several best-selling books, will discuss “Islam, Iraq and the War on Terror” at the eighth annual Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture at the American Library Association's (ALA) Midwinter Meeting on Saturday, January 20, at 4 p.m. in the Washington State Trade and Convention Center, Room 611-614.

Klein’s provocative weekly column, “In the Arena,” covers national and international affairs. He has written lengthy portraits of Barack Obama, John McCain and Tony Blair, to name a few. In 2004, Klein won the National Headliner Award for best magazine column.

A self-described “political junkie” with a passion for public policy, Klein appears frequently on “Meet the Press” and “The Chris Matthews Show.” He also was a regular contributor to “Paula Zahn Now” on CNN, providing political analysis during the last presidential campaign.

As “Anonymous,” Klein wrote the #1 bestseller, “Primary Colors,” inspired by the 1992 presidential race. The New York Times called it “one of the best political novels to appear in the latter half of the 20th Century.” With three million copies in print, “Primary Colors” was on The New York Times bestseller list for 25 consecutive weeks. It was adapted into a major motion picture starring John Travolta and Emma Thompson.

His follow-up novel, “The Running Mate,” was a behind-the-scenes look at contemporary politics and, as Klein put it, “the difficulties of being a politician and a human being at the same time.” He is currently at work on a new novel.

His latest book, “The Natural: The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton,” also was a New York Times bestseller. His two other nonfiction books are “Payback: Five Marines After Vietnam” and “Woody Guthrie: A Life,” also a major motion picture.

Klein’s other noteworthy accomplishments include winning a National Headliner Award for his Newsweek column, “Public Lives.” He has been a consultant for CBS News, a Washington bureau chief at Rolling Stone and a political columnist for New York Magazine, where he won a Washington Monthly Journalism Award for a cover story on race. His articles have also appeared in The New Republic, The New York Times, Life and The Washington Post. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. For more about Joe Klein, visit the Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture Web site at www.ala.org/arthurcurley.

Curley was a former ALA president, director of the Boston Public Library and active in ALA for thirty years.

“He inspired librarians and communities to view libraries as essential to American democracy and culture,” said Curley committee chair John W. Berry.

The lecture this year is underwritten by American Libraries, celebrating its 100th anniversary, ALA’s Public Information Office and The Campaign for America’s Libraries, as well as donations from the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science and individuals. To support the Curley lecture, visit https://cs.ala.org/onlinegift.

The Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture subcommittee is part of the ALA Public Awareness Committee. Judith Gibbons is chair.