Susan Orlean, hailed as a “national treasure” by The Washington Post and the acclaimed bestselling author of “The Orchid Thief,” reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution—our libraries. Over thirty years later, the mystery of the Los Angeles Public Library fire remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library? Weaving her life-long love of books with the fascinating history of libraries and the sometimes-eccentric characters who run them, Orlean presents a mesmerizing story as only she can. With her signature wit and compassion, she investigates the legendary fire to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives.
Books will be available for purchase at the event from Barnes & Noble.