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October 2, 2000

"Living Legend" Herman Wouk to Read from His Work at the Library of Congress on Wednesday, November 8

Herman Wouk, one of America's most popular writers and a Library of Congress Bicentennial "Living Legend," will read selections from his writings at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, S.E. The program is titled: "One Man Show: Herman Wouk Reads from his Books and Plays." Sponsored by the Library's Bicentennial Program and the Center for the Book, the program is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

"Living Legends" are dedicated individuals who have advanced and embodied the ideal of individual creativity," said John Y. Cole, Co-Chair of the Library's Bicentennial Steering Committee and Director of the Center for the Book. "Herman Wouk is one of this country's most widely-read authors. Through epics such as The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance, along with earlier novels such as Marjorie Morningstar, he has helped shape the historical novel as we know it today."

Wouk, now eighty-five years old, is the author of eleven novels, three plays, and two works of non-fiction. His most recent book, The Will to Live On: This Is Our Heritage (HarperCollins, 2000), is an illuminating account of the worldwide revolution that has been sweeping over Jewry. Currently he and musician Jimmy Buffet are working on a new production of their musical Don't Stop the Carnival, which is based on Wouk's popular 1965 novel of the same name. Herman Wouk was previously honored by the Library of Congress at a symposium on May 15, 1995. The talks presented at the symposium, which was sponsored by the Center for the Book, were published in the volume The Historical Novel: A Celebration of the Achievements of Herman Wouk (Library of Congress, 1999), edited by Barbara A. Paulson. Manuscripts for five of Mr. Wouk's novels are in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, a gift from the author.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress was established in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries. For information about its program, publications, and the activities of its affiliated centers for the book in 40 states and the District of Columbia, visit its Web site at www.loc.gov/loc/cfbook.

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PR 00-153
10/2/00
ISSN 0731-3527

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