New York Times Columnist Frank Rich at Unity Temple Oct. 23
Lecture and book signing to focus on newest book, The Greatest Story Ever Sold
KANSAS CITY, MO (September 18, 2006)-Frank Rich, author and columnist for The New York Times, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St. The program is co-sponsored by the Truman Presidential Museum & Library and the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair for Continuing Education. The event is free and open to the public; however, due to overwhelming demand for this series, reservations are required. For tickets, call Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222.
Rich's lecture is
titled after his newest book, The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline
and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina, a hard-hitting indictment of the
Bush administration and its manipulation of the media. In its review of
the book, Kirkus praised Rich for his "savaging sermon" on the
"White House's greatest hits, from the 2001 defense of gas-guzzling
as essential to the American way of life to 'Huckuva job, Brownie' to
the ongoing morass of Iraq."
Rich is an Op-Ed
columnist for The New York Times, with a weekly 1500-word essay on the
intersection of culture and news in the Sunday Week in Review section,
and is senior adviser to The Times' culture editor on the paper's overall
cultural news report. In addition to his work at The Times, Rich has written
about culture and politics for numerous publications. His childhood memoir,
Ghost Light, was published in 2000 by Random House and as a Random House
Trade Paperback in 2001. The film rights to Ghost Light have been acquired
by Storyline Entertainment.
Before joining The
Times, Rich was a film and television critic at Time magazine, film critic
for the New York Post, and a film critic and senior editor of New Times
magazine. He was a founding editor of the Richmond (Va.) Mercury, a weekly
newspaper, in the early 1970s.
Born on June 2, 1949
in Washington, D.C., Rich is a graduate of its public schools. He earned
a B.A. degree in American History and Literature, graduating magna cum
laude from Harvard College in 1971. At Harvard, he was editorial chairman
of The Harvard Crimson, an honorary Harvard College scholar, a member
of Phi Beta Kappa and the recipient of a Henry Russell Shaw Traveling
Rich has two sons.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife, the author and novelist Alex Witchel,
who is a reporter for The New York Times.
The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is one of eleven presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration and is supported, in part, by the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, the not-for-profit partner of the Truman Library. The Institute seeks to promote, through educational and community programs, a greater appreciation and understanding of American politics, history and culture, the process of governance, and the importance of public service, as exemplified by Harry S. Truman. To learn more about the Truman Presidential Museum & Library and the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, visit www.trumanlibrary.org.
The University of
Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses,
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