Susan Orlean will Present her New Hardcover ~ The Library Book

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Susan Orlean, Bestselling Author of The Orchid Thief will Present her New Hardcover The Library Book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Susan Orlean has been a Staff Writer at The New Yorker since 1992.  She is the Author of 7 Books, including Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award–Winning Movie Adaptation.  Susan lives with her family and her animals in upstate New York.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library.  As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual false alarm.  As one fireman recounted later, “Once that first stack got going, it was Goodbye, Charlie.”  The fire was disastrous: It reached 2,000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours.  By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more.  Investigators descended on the scene, but over thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?

Weaving her life-long love of Books and reading with the fascinating history of libraries and the sometimes-eccentric characters who run them, Award-Winning Journalist and New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Orlean presents a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling story as only she can.  With her signature wit, insight, compassion, and talent for deep research, she investigates the legendary Los Angeles Public Library fire to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives.  To truly understand what happens behind the stacks, Orlean visits the different departments of the LAPL, encountering an engaging cast of employees and patrons and experiencing alongside them the victories and struggles they face in today’s climate.

She also delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from a metropolitan charitable initiative to a cornerstone of national identity.  She reflects on her childhood experiences in libraries; studies arson and the long history of library fires; attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; and she re-examines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the library over thirty years ago.  Along the way, she reveals how these buildings provide much more than just Books—and that they are needed now more than ever. 

Filled with heart, passion, and unforgettable characters, The Library Book is classic Susan Orlean, and an homage to a beloved institution that remains a vital part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country and culture.

DATE & TIME:  Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at 6:30 PM

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Event at The Kansas City Public Library, Central Library, Helzberg Auditorium, 14 W 10th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105

EVENT FORMAT:  Susan Orlean will Present Her New Hardcover The Library Book.  A Meet & Greet Booksigning will follow the Presentation.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event.  Registration is Required at or Call the Library at 816-701-3407.  Rainy Day Books will have Susan Orlean's Books for Sale at this Event, or you may Pre-Order for In-Store or At-Event Pick-Up through the link below.  Seating is General Admission.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
The Kansas City Public Library, Central Library, Helzberg Auditorium
14 W 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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