Christopher Klim

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Christopher Klim
Speaking at Princeton University
Occupation novelist, journalist, teacher

Christopher Klim (born September 8, 1962) is an American novelist, best known for the books Jesus Lives in Trenton and True Surrealism.


Klim spent his formative years as a space program physicist working on long-range satellites, and became a journalist. His work has been compared to John Steinbeck,[1] Dashiell Hammett,[2] and Carl Hiaasen.[3] His first novel, Jesus Lives in Trenton, became "a cult favorite satire on religious fanaticism".[4] Klim said, "JLIT served as a litmus test, evoking people’s sense of God and religion by the title alone...".[5] 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, lead The Book Reporter to call him "among the top humor novelists of the day."[6] His work has been praised repeatedly in publications such as Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus.

In 2005, Klim became the Chairman of the Eric Hoffer Award [7] for books and prose.

From 2007 to 2015, Klim served as the executive editor of Best New Writing [8] which was said to "immediately become a treasured possession” by Walter Cronkite.[9] He is a speaker on a range of topics such as society, the writing craft, and the history of the United States space program. He was the lead editor in restoring the works of the American writer Eric Hoffer to print[10] as well as editing American writer Robert Gover's later books. Klim has taught journalism at The College of New Jersey. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Association of Documentary Editors at the University of Virginia.


  • Jesus Lives in Trenton (novel), 2002
  • Everything Burns (novel), 2004
  • The Winners Circle (novel), 2006
  • Idiot! (novel), 2007
  • True Surrealism (stories), 2011


  1. ^ Robert Gover, quoted on original hardcover (Creative Arts Books 2002) from article "Old Times, Modern Writers", December 2001 by Gover
  2. ^ Philadelphia Weekly, July 10, 2002 article by Katie Haegele
  3. ^ Trenton Times, June 2003 by Brad Grois
  4. ^ Booklist, February 12, 2004
  5. ^ The Compulsive Reader interview with Christopher Klim 2004
  6. ^ The Book Reporter,
  7. ^ The Eric Hoffer Award,
  8. ^ Best New Writing,
  9. ^ Cronkite's commentary on premiere issue of Best New Writing, Best New Writing 2008.
  10. ^ Klim is editor of note on eight Hoffer reprints, including The Ordeal of Change, Truth Imagined, and The Passionate State of Mind.

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