September 13, 2000 <em>New York Times</em> Reporter Steven Holmes to Discuss His Biography of Ron Brown at the Library on Wednesday, Oct. 11

Contact: Guy Lamolinara (202) 707-9217

New York Times Washington Bureau reporter Steven A. Holmes will discuss his well-received biography of former Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. The program is free and open to the public. Part of the Center for the Book's "Books & Beyond" author series, the presentation is sponsored by the center and the Library's Humanities and Social Sciences Division.

Ron Brown: An Uncommon Life (John Wiley & Sons, 2000) was hailed by Washington Post political analyst and writer Juan Williams as "wonderful reporting" and a book that opens "rich vistas into American politics and the sociology of black America." Mr. Williams presented a "Books & Beyond" talk about his book Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary at the Library on Jan. 11, 2000.

Steven Holmes reports on race and demographic issues for the Times, where he has worked for 11 years. During this period, he has covered Congress, the presidential campaigns of Pat Buchanan and Ross Perot, and the State Department. Before joining the Times he was a national correspondent for Time magazine. Born in Brooklyn, he grew up in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., which coincidentally is where Ron Brown lived for three years and first became involved in politics. Mr. Holmes graduated from the City College of New York and the Michele Clark Memorial Program for Minority Journalists Program at Columbia University.

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