TITLE: Herblock: The Life and Work of the Great Political Cartoonist
SPEAKER: Haynes Johnson, Harry L. Katz
EVENT DATE: 10/15/2009
RUNNING TIME: 56 minutes
Marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of political cartoonist Herbert Block, authors Haynes Johnson and Harry L. Katz discuss their book "HERBLOCK: The Life and Works of the Great Political Cartoonist," published by the Library of Congress and Herb Block Foundation, in association with W.W. Norton & Company. Arranged chronologically, the book illustrates the influence of history on Herblock's work as well as his influence on historical events as they unfolded. As a bonus, the book is packaged with a DVD that contains more than 18,000 cartoons.
Speaker Biography: Haynes Johnson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a best-selling author and a television commentator. He has reported on virtually every major national and international news event in the past four decades, including the activities of every President from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Barack Obama. In 1966, Johnson won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished national reporting of the civil-rights struggle in Selma, Ala. Until recently, Johnson was associated with The Washington Post, which he joined in 1969 and where he served as a national reporter, assistant managing editor and a national affairs columnist. He appears regularly on the PBS-TV programs "Washington Week in Review" and "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer."
Speaker Biography: Harry Katz is the curator of the Herb Block Foundation Collection in Washington, D.C., and former head curator within the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Katz is the editor of "Cartoon America: Comic Art at the Library of Congress" and has produced books and exhibitions featuring political cartoonists Jules Feiffer, Pat Oliphant, Ann Telnaes and others.