PRESS RELEASE May 18, 2004




Klim Wins Princeton Theological Seminary “Mailroom Award”


At a reading of his hot new novel, Everything Burns, author Christopher Klim was interrupted by employees of the Princeton Theological Seminary to present the author with an award. It created an awkward moment, where the author demurred to members of the seminary mailroom who presented the plaque.


“I thought it was some kind of joke,” admitted Klim, “but I suddenly realized they were sincere.”


As a tradition, the mailroom selects and recommends books for the 800 studying seminarians. In a surprise vote, Klim’s satire on religious fanaticism, Jesus Lives in Trenton, received the nod.


“Once you get beyond the title,” Klim said, “it’s really an allegory about man’s thirst for grace. It’s not all that surprising that they selected it.”


Jesus Lives in Trenton is the story of photojournalist Boot Means, who encounters a mystical event and employs it to establish a name for himself. Since the book’s 2002 release, it has become a growing cult favorite in the US and overseas.


“That’s the advantage of being with a small press,” Klim said. “If the book is appreciated by readers, it hangs around on the shelves and builds a following. The big media blitz books run their course in three months or less.”


In contrast, Klim’s new novel is moving quickly as a library favorite. Booklist, which also praised his first novel, called the follow-up Everything Burns, “absorbing reading.”


Even tough critics, like Jason Price Everett of Circle Magazine, agree. “Everything Burns is just as good as, if not better than, its illustrious predecessor. The bullet train of his prose is even slicker and sexier than it was the last time.”


After years of research and interviews, Klim decided to send Boot Means after a serial arsonist in Texas. “For certain, it’s a different tone,” Klim said, “but it’s still the same resilient Boot Means character. I understand his nature. He’s always ready for a fight.”


It’s that spirit that marks Klim as an author, drawing comparisons to Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Carver, and John Steinbeck.


Klim is the senior editor of Writers Notes Magazine, a new literary publication of stories, essays, interviews, poetry, visual arts, and a forum for new writing and independent publishers. He actively donates time to emerging writers and promotes the writing craft in primary and secondary schools.


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