An Evening With

Susan Orlean

A blaze at the Los Angeles Public Library lit an author on fire

OCTOBER 16, 2019 – 7PM ● CITY OPERA HOUSE

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Event Details

Wednesday ~ October 16, 2019
Traverse City Opera House
7PM // Doors at 6PM
Live Music, Cash Bar, and Morsels Sweet Treats
Stage conversation and Q&A with author
Post-event book signing

Tickets:

$5.00 Students

$15.00 General Admission

$25.00 Premium Reserved

Meet Susan Orlean:

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As moments passed, the patrons and staff cleared out of the building, realizing that this was not the usual fire alarm. As one firefighter recounted, “Once that first stack got going, it was ‘Goodbye, Charlie.’”

Weaving her lifelong love of books into an investigation of the fire, award-winning  New Yorker reporter and  New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that tells the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.

Orlean grew up in Cleveland and attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she studied literature and history and dreamed of being a writer. Her writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, the Boston Phoenix and the Boston Globe. Her seven books include Saturday Night and The Orchid Thief, which profiles an orchid poacher and the odd world of orchid fanatics. She became a staff writer for The New Yorker in 1992 and was awarded a fellowship at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Still writing for The New Yorker and other publications, Orlean splits her time between Hudson Valley of New York and Los Angeles with her husband, son and various pets.

ABOUT OUR GUEST HOST

Guest host Anne Strainchamps is the host of To The Best Of Our Knowledge. She co-founded the show, along with Steve Paulson and Jim Fleming, and has been a featured interviewer on the program for more than a decade. She has worked in public broadcasting at WAMU in Washington, DC, and at NPR. She has been a reporter, producer, news director, live talk show host, a food and wine columnist, and—in a former life—a chocolatier.

 

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