Former New York Times Editor And Pulitzer Prize Winner Joseph Lelyveld Discusses His Memoir and Career

This event was held on May 15, 2005 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The Library is proud to host Joseph Lelyveld, executive editor of The New York Times from 1994 to 2001, as he discusses his new memoir and his illustrious career.

Mr. Lelyveld held high leadership positions at The New York Times for twelve years. He has been a correspondent for The New York Times in London, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Washington, D.C. and South Africa.

In his memoir, 'Omaha Blues: A Memory Loop,' Lelyveld unravels the tangled story of his father, a rabbi, and mother with equal measures of candor and tenderness.

A booksigning will follow, with books available for purchase courtesy of Nicola's Books. There is limited seating for this event - arrive early!

Lelyveld's book on South Africa, 'Move Your Shadow,' (Times Books, 1985) won a Pulitzer Prize in 1986. It also won awards from The Los Angeles Times, the Overseas Press Club and the Sidney Hillman Foundation.

His effort to recapture his family history, through this new book, takes him on an unforeseen journey past disparate landmarks of the last century, including the Scottsboro trials, the Zionist movement, the Hollywood blacklist, McCarthyism, and Mississippi's "freedom summer" of 1964. As Lelyveld seeks out the truth of his life story, he evokes a remarkable moment in our national story with unforgettable poignancy.

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