November 20, 2003
Nov 20

Press Release: President Clinton's Recommended Reading List and Announcement of Library Preview Exhibit

Little Rock, Arkansas
Press Release

Preview Exhibit also Features Elvis and Gifts from the People

Twenty-one books, including "Living History" by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Arkansas native Maya Angelou make up former President Bill Clinton's recommended reading list. The list was released today in conjunction with Monday's opening of a Clinton Presidential Library Preview Exhibit in Little Rock featuring books and gifts of the Clinton Presidency. Copies of the 21 books will be on display at the exhibit and will be available to be checked out at the main branch of the Central Arkansas Library System.

Others on Clinton's reading list include: "Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius; "The Denial of Death" by Ernest Becker; "Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963" by Taylor Branch; "Lincoln" by David Herbert Donald; "The Four Quartets" by T.S. Eliot; "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison; "The Way of the World: From the Dawn of Civilizations to the Eve of the Twenty-First Century" by David Fromkin; "The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles' Philoctetes" by Seamus Heaney; "King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa" by Adam Hochschild.

Also, "The Imitation of Christ" by Thomas a Kempis; "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; "Homage to Catalonia" by George Orwell; "The Evolution of Civilizations: An Introduction to Historical Analysis" by Carroll Quigley; "Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics" by Reinhold Niebuhr; "The Confessions of Nat Turner" by William Styron; "Politics as a Vocation" by Max Weber; "You Can't Go Home Again" by Thomas Wolfe; "Nonzero; The Logic of Human Destiny" by Robert Wright; and "The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats" by William Butler Yeats.

The exhibit, "America Presents: A Collection of Books and Gifts of the Clinton Presidency," will run from November 24, 2003 through January 3, 2004 in the Cox Creative Center, 120 Commerce St., in downtown Little Rock's River Market District. The William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation and the Clinton Presidential Materials Project in partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System and the Cox Creative Center, the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the River Market District is sponsoring the exhibit.

(Note: A preview tour of the exhibit for press will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 23)

The exhibit is free, open to the public and handicapped accessible. For group tour information, call 501-370-5050.

"This exhibit will showcase President Clinton's love of reading, his love of books and his love of education," said Skip Rutherford, President of the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation.

In conjunction with the exhibit opening, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Branch, whose book about the King Years is on the Clinton list, will deliver the J.N. Heiskell Distinguished Lecture on Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Central Arkansas Library. The Fred K. Darragh Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday, Dec. 4 will feature Robin Wright, chief diplomatic correspondent for The Los Angeles Times.

Also scheduled is a series of hour-long author lectures by Arkansas and regional authors at the Main Library on the first three Tuesdays in December (December 2, 9 and 16). They include Dr. David Stricklin of Lyon College in Batesville, author of "Southern Music/American Music." Stricklin will speak on Dec. 9. Seating is limited for both the distinguished lecturer events and the noontime lectures. Those interested in attending should call 501-918-3032.

Highlights of the exhibit will include books from Clinton's personal library, including textbooks from his time as a student at Oxford University to signed books given to him by the authors. A display of what national figures, from former presidents to celebrities, are reading will be featured in the exhibit.

The exhibit will include a special display of gifts from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The exhibit will also feature a special section on Elvis Presley. Presley was Clinton's musical hero when Clinton was growing up in Arkansas. Some of the more unique items on display will include a sampling of Clinton's personal collection of Elvis Presley-related items and Elvis-related gifts given to Clinton during his presidential years.

Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. It will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. It will be the last preview exhibit before the presidential library opens on November 18, 2004.

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