We are delighted to be on hand once again for the Winnetka-Northfield Library's annual One Book, Two Villages program. This year the special guest is Susan Orlean, author of The Library Book. This is a ticketed event. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit the Eventbrite page.
More About Susan Orlean:
One of her generation’s most distinctive journalistic voices, Orlean is fascinated by American stories of every stripe. From Rin Tin Tin, to John Laroche, Orlean has an eye for the moving, the hilarious, and the surprising. A staff writer at The New Yorker for more than twenty years, she has also written for Outside, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Vogue, and The Boston Globe, and has edited both Best American Essays and Best American Travel Writing. She also hosts the podcast Crybabies with the actress Sarah Thyre.
Orlean’s newest book, The Library Book, is an exploration of the history, power, and future of these endangered institutions, told through her quest to solve a mysterious act of arson that nearly destroyed the Los Angeles Public Library in 1986. Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City, wrote, “After reading Susan Orlean’s The Library Book, I’m quite sure I’ll never look at libraries, or librarians, the same way again. This is classic Orlean—an exploration of a devastating fire becomes a journey through a world of infinite richness, populated with unexpected characters doing unexpected things, with unexpected passion.”
The Library Book was named one of both The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2018 and The Washington Post’s Best Books of 2018. Orlean will adapt The Library Book for a forthcoming television series with Paramount TV.
About The Book:
Brimming with her signature wit, insight, compassion, and talent for deep research, The Library Book is Susan Orlean’s thrilling journey through the stacks that 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. It is also a master journalist’s reminder that, perhaps especially in the digital era, they are more necessary than ever.
A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK
A WASHINGTON POST TOP 10 BOOK OF THE YEAR * A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER and NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018
“A constant pleasure to read…Everybody who loves books should check out The Library Book.” —The Washington Post