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Friday, April 26 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Susan Orlean Presents The Library Book

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Susan Orlean, Journalist, staff writer for The New Yorker, and author of Tin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief, reads from and discusses The Library Book, an LA Times Finalist for Best Nonfiction, Reese Witherspoon’s First 2019 Book Club Pick of the Year, and a current New York Times bestseller.

The Library Book is a braided story that intertwines the story of a crime —the 1986 arson of a Los Angeles library— with the history of libraries in the world (including libraries in wartime and book burning) as well as Orlean’s memories.

In a starred review, Booklist describes The Library Book as "mesmerizing . . . A riveting mix of true crime, history, biography, and immersion journalism. . . . Probing, prismatic, witty, dramatic, and deeply appreciative, Orlean’s chronicle celebrates libraries as sanctuaries, community centers, and open universities run by people of commitment, compassion, creativity, and resilience."

Other reviewers have called the book a “masterpiece,” noting that, “Orlean’s library is a wondrous factory, a buzzing, churning archival machine, a bit musty maybe, but as glorious to behold as the inner works of a clock tower. And her librarians are modern heroes, saints dedicated to knowledge and facts, and sentinels standing guard over the new role that libraries play as cornerstone of the world’s social infrastructure.”
 

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Susan Orlean

This is a ticketed event. Please secure your tickets here.Susan Orlean, the bestselling nonfiction author of The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin and a staff writer for The New Yorker, is the author of the current bestseller, The Library Book, which has earned rave reviews and top spots on best-of-the-year book lists... Read More →


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