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April 2, 2003

Linda Monk's Guide to the Constitution To Be Showcased at the Library of Congress on April 14

Award-winning author and journalist Linda R. Monk will discuss her new book, "The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution" (Hyperion, 2003), at the Library of Congress at noon, Monday, April 14, in the West Dining Room, sixth floor, James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., in Washington, D.C.

The program is part of the Center for the Book's author series, Books & Beyond, which showcases new books of special relevance to the Library of Congress. Co-sponsored with the Law Library, the event is open to the public and no tickets are required. A book signing will follow the talk.

In "The Words We Live By," Monk takes readers through the U.S. Constitution line by line, providing analysis, surprising facts, little known information, alternate interpretations and historical anecdotes. The result, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, is "a wonderfully accessible yet deeply insightful guide to our Constitution, which should be read and enjoyed by a wide audience of old and young alike."

A graduate of the Harvard Law School, Monk twice received the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award for her book "The Bill of Rights: A User's Guide" and for her work on the documentary "Profiles of Freedom: A Living Bill of Rights."

The Law Library of Congress provides research and legal information to the Congress, U.S. federal courts, executive agencies and reference services to the general public. It is the world's largest law library, containing more than two million volumes that span the ages and cover virtually every jurisdiction in the world. To learn more, visit its Web site at http://www.loc.gov/law/public/law.html.

The Center for the Book was established in 1977 to use the resources and prestige of the Library of Congress to stimulate public interest in books, reading and literacy. For information about its program, publications, and forthcoming events and the activities of its affiliates in 50 states and the District of Columbia, consult its Web site at http://www.loc.gov/cfbook.

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PR 03-057
04/02/03
ISSN 0731-3527

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