Join award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author, Susan Orlean, as the featured guest for the 2020 Bexley Community Author Series.
This program is hosted by Bexley Public Library in partnership with Gramercy Books, along with Bexley City Schools, the Bexley Community Foundation, Capital University, Drexel Theatre, and WCBE 90.5 FM.
Orlean’s most recent book, The Library Book, weaves her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the 1986 fire that destroyed hundreds of thousands of books at the Los Angeles Public Library. The result is a reflection on the past, present, and future of libraries in America that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.
A staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992, Orlean delves into the evolution of libraries in her most recent book, bringing each department of the library to vivid life. She studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself, and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago.
In this special evening, Orlean will celebrate libraries as she shares everything from the memories of the blissful hours spent in the library of her youth to the historical significance of these repositories of our past. The Star Tribune in Minneapolis wrote of The Library Book: “A book lover’s dream…an ambitiously researched, elegantly written book that serves as a portal into a place of history, drama, culture, and stories.” Orlean’s thrilling journey through the stacks reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books—and why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country.
Susan Orlean is the author of seven books, including Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award–winning film Adaptation. She lives with her family and her animals in upstate New York.