Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Anthony Shadid Makes a Special Library Appearance

This event was held on October 29, 2006 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Mr. Shadid, the only journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting from Iraq, will discuss the world of Iraq and his awardwinning book, 'Night Draws Near: Iraq's People In The Shadow of America's War,' a riveting account of ordinary people caught between the struggles of nations. Shadid went to war in Iraq neither embedded with soldiers nor briefed by politicians. Because he is fluent in Arabic, Shadid -- an Arab American born and raised in Oklahoma -- was able to disappear into the divided, dangerous worlds of Iraq. Day by day, as the American dream of freedom clashed with Arab notions of justice, he pieced together the human story of ordinary Iraqis weathering the terrible dislocations and tragedies of war. A booksigning will follow, with books for sale courtesy of Shaman Drum Bookstore.

Anthony Shadid has reported for the Associated Press, The Boston Globe, and, since the beginning of the war in Iraq, The Washington Post. In addition to the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, his stories from Iraq have earned him an American Society of Newspaper Editors award for deadline news reporting and the Overseas Press Club's Hal Boyle Award for best newspaper or wire-service reporting from abroad. While at The Boston Globe, Shadid was awarded the 2002 George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting for a series of dispatches from the Middle East. An Arab-American of Lebanese descent, he was born and raised in Oklahoma and now lives in Washington, DC, and Baghdad. 'Night Draws Near' -- as compelling as it is human -- is an illuminating and poignant account from a reporter whose coverage has drawn international attention and acclaim. It was the winner of the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, A Washington Post Book World Top Five Nonfiction Book of the Year, A Seattle Times Top Ten Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Through the lives of men and women, Sunnis and Shiites, American sympathizers and outraged young jihadists newly transformed into martyrs, Shadid shows us the journey of defiant, hopeful, resilient Iraq.

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