Christopher Klim

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Christopher Klim
Speaking at Princeton University

Christopher Klim (born September 8, 1962) is an American novelist. Holding advanced degrees in Physics and Computer Science, as well as an MFA in Fine Writing, Klim once developed long-range satellites as well as cutting-edge telephany technologies before pursuing a writing career. He has worked as a journalist and taught journalism at The College of New Jersey.

Literary Life[edit]

His work has been compared to Dashiell Hammett[1] by Philadelphia Weekly, Carl Hiaasen.[2] by the Times, and John Steinbeck by Robert Gover.[3] Klim said, "[His novel Jesus Lives in Trenton] served as a litmus test, evoking people’s sense of God and religion by the title alone...".[4] Everything Burns is a fictionalized study of pyromania based partly on his experiences as a journalist. His novel The Winners Circle, a satire about the meaning of wealth in America, led The Book Reporter to call him "among the top humor novelists of the day."[5] His novel, Idiot!, was called a "unique psychological tour into the soul of a small town" by Booklist.

In 2005, Klim became the Chairman of the Eric Hoffer Award [6] for books and prose.

From 2007 to 2015, Klim served as the executive editor of Best New Writing [7] which was said to "immediately become a treasured possession” by Walter Cronkite.[8] He was the lead editor in restoring the works of the American writer Eric Hoffer to print[9] as well as editing Gover's later books.


  • Jesus Lives in Trenton (2002)
  • Everything Burns (2004)
  • The Winners Circle (2006)
  • Idiot! (2009)
  • True Surrelism: Stories (2011)


  1. ^ Philadelphia Weekly July 10, 2002 article by Katie Haegele
  2. ^ Trenton Times, June 2003 by Brad Grois
  3. ^ Robert Gover, quoted on original hardcover (Creative Arts Books 2002) from article "Old Times, Modern Writers", December 2001 by Gover
  4. ^ The Compulsive Reader interview with Christopher Klim 2004
  5. ^ The Book Reporter,
  6. ^ The Eric Hoffer Award,
  7. ^ Best New Writing,
  8. ^ Cronkite's commentary on premiere issue of Best New Writing, Best New Writing 2008.
  9. ^ Klim is editor of note on eight Hoffer reprints, including The Ordeal of Change, Truth Imagined, and The Passionate State of Mind.