Author and Journalist Anne Applebaum to Visit Columbia University Libraries

NEW YORK, November 25, 2003 The Friends of the Columbia Libraries are proud to present a talk and book signing by Anne Applebaum, a finalist for the National Book Award, on Wednesday, December 3, 2003, at 5:30 P.M. in Low Memorial Library.

The author and Washington Post columnist will be speaking about her experiences researching and writing her critically acclaimed book, Gulag: A History. The book, published in April 2003, describes the history of the Soviet concentration camp system, the role the camps played in the Soviet political and economic system, and daily life in the camps. In a review of the book, the Financial Times wrote: “Applebaum bases her work on careful research, drawing on memoirs, interviews and recently released official documents….With great skill, she re-creates the daily details of camp life—the cold, the dirt, the disease, the obsession with food. She also finds moments of intense light: men and women who found love in the camps.”

Anne Applebaum’s work has appeared in the New York Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, and other publications. Her previous book, Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe, was published in 1995. She has also appeared as a guest and as a presenter on many radio and television programs, among them BBC’s Newsnight, and programs on CNN, MSNBC, and CBS.

This event is part of the new Speaker Series sponsored by the Friends of the Columbia Libraries. The event is free and open to the Columbia community and the general public. To register or for more information, please call 212-854-4768, or e-mail

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 9.2 million volumes, over 65,650 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 25 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors. The Libraries’ website at is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.

11/25/03 JD