January 26, 2005 Author Ruth Price To Speak on March 15

Press Contact: Donna Urschel (202) 707-2905
Public Contact: Thomas Mann (202) 707-5173

Author Ruth Price will discuss her book, “The Lives of Agnes Smedley” (Oxford Press, 2005) at the Library of Congress at noon on Tuesday, March 15, in the sixth floor Dining Room A in the Library’s James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. A book signing will follow the lecture. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. This event is sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Division of the Library.

Price’s biography is an account of the life of activist and author Agnes Smedley. Price’s book is the result of more than 15 years of research, during which she made a startling discovery: At the height of the Cold War, Smedley was accused of espionage for the Soviet Union; the charge was never proved and has been decried for decades by commentators and historians as a McCarthyite smear. Price’s book confirms for the first time that Smedley was indeed a spy but one who operated out of her passionate beliefs and ideals. Some readers will know Smedley from her groundbreaking books such as “Daughter of Earth” and “Battle Hymn of China”; others may know her as a Cold War cause celebre.

Ruth Price taught English for several years at City University of New York, worked for the New York City and state governments and was press secretary for former Rep. Bella Abzug. She has published several works of genre fiction. “The Lives of Agnes Smedley” is her first nonfiction book.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Division provides reference service and manages collection development in the Main, Local History and Genealogy and Microform reading rooms at the Library of Congress. It regularly sponsors programs in the arts, humanities and social sciences.


PR 05-008
ISSN 0731-3527