Susan Orlean in Conversation

"The Library Book" - tickets required
Event date: 
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
424 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Update as of 12/1/18: This event is now sold out. There will be complimentary standing room at the door the evening of the event.

Join us for an evening with Susan Orlean, as she discusses her new book with Issac Pulver, director of the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Click here for tickets.

"This is a fabulous homage to books and the people who love them, care for them and rescue them--though in this history and true crime story I think the books often save people right back. In 1986 the Los Angeles Library caught fire and this is the story of the fire and rescue as well as the history of the library itself. Brilliantly told, Susan Orlean tells the small stories wrapped within the big picture beautifully."--Maeve Noonan

In "The Library Book, "Susan Orlean, hailed as a “national treasure” by The Washington Post and the acclaimed bestselling author of "Rin Tin Tin" and "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.

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.

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.

This event is co-hosted by the Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library, who will host a reception with light refreshments during the author's signing.


$5 General Admission Ticket. All ticket proceeds will go to support the Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Click here to purchase.

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The Library Book By Susan Orlean Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476740188
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2018

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The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession By Susan Orlean Cover Image
ISBN: 9780449003718
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 4th, 2000

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