For immediate release | September 14, 2010

Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Rhodes to deliver Arthur Curley Lecture

CHICAGO — Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction winner Richard Rhodes will deliver the Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture as part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in San Diego. Rhodes is sponsored by Random House.

Rhodes will speak on Saturday, Jan. 8, 4:00 -5:00 p.m. PST at the San Diego Convention Center.

Rhodes is the author or editor of 22 books, including "The Making of the Atomic Bomb," which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award and "Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb," which was one of three finalists for a Pulitzer Prize in History. He has received numerous fellowships for research and writing, including grants from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard and MIT and a host and correspondent for documentaries on public television's Frontline and American Experience series. An affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, he lectures frequently to audiences in the United States and abroad.

Arthur Curley served as ALA president from 1994 to 1995, and was director of the Boston Public Library. He was a champion of the arts and of the library’s role as a center that can transform the community. The lecture series commemorates his lifelong dedication to the principles of intellectual freedom and free public access to information. Mr. Curley was an ALA member for more than 30 years.

To donate to the Arthur Curley Memorial Fund, visit the ALA Development Office Web site at


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