Discuss "The Library Book" by Susan Orlean as part of our Author! Author! series.
About the book:
On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire was disastrous: it reached two thousand degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the libraryand if so, who? In The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries; brings each department of the library to vivid life; 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.
About the author:
Susan Orlean's most recent release is the New York Times bestseller The Library Book, which was named a Washington Post Top 10 Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book of 2018. She is the author of seven books in total, including Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award-winning film Adaptation. Orlean is also a staff writer at The New Yorker.
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