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Former New York Times book editor Lehmann-Haupt lectures March 8 at MSU

February 23, 2016

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, former New York Times book editor who has worked in the field of books throughout his career, will give a free public lecture about book-writing and literary gossip during the latter half of the 20th century at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in MSU’s Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building. Photo by Sigrid Estrada.

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Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, former New York Times book editor who has worked in the field of books throughout his career, will give a free public lecture about book-writing and literary gossip during the latter half of the 20th century at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building at Montana State University.

Currently an adjunct professor of journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Lehmann-Haupt will lecture about "How to Read 5,000 Books a Year...and Write One."

After working as an editor for several New York publishing houses, Lehmann-Haupt became an editor for the Sunday New York Times Book Review in 1965, and from 1969 to 1995 he was the senior daily book reviewer for The New York Times. Between 1965 and 2000 he wrote more than 4,000 reviews and articles. In 2000 he became chief obituary writer for the Times.

His books include "Me and DiMaggio: A Baseball Fan Goes in Search of His Gods" and two novels, "A Crooked Man" and "The Mad Cook of Pymatuning." Lehmann-Haupt is currently working on a memoir about his experiences in Berlin as a 12 and 13 year-old in 1947 and 1948 and editing a biography of the prominent Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich.

Lehmann-Haupt's lecture is sponsored by the Department of English and is presented by the College of Letters and Science's Distinguished Speakers Series. The series, which began in the spring of 2011, brings distinguished scholars to MSU to give a public talk and to meet with faculty and students in order to enrich the intellectual life on campus and to enhance research connections.

For more information about this and other L&S Distinguished Speakers Series lectures, please visit http://www.montana.edu/lettersandscience/speakers/2016.html or call 994-4288.

Jody Sanford (406)994-7791, jody.sanford@montana.edu