New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean has been called “a national treasure” by The Washington Post and “a latter-day Tocqueville” by The New York Times. Her deeply moving explorations of American stories both familiar and obscure have earned her a reputation as one of America’s most distinctive journalistic voices. She is author of seven books, including The Orchid Thief, Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Library Book, the incredible story of the history and burning of the Los Angeles Public Library. Orlean will be joined in conversation by R. Tripp Evans.
--Susan Orlean is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including The Library Book, Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award–winning film Adaptation. In a career spanning more than three decades, she has also written for The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Outside, Esquire, The Boston Globe, and more. Orlean has served as an editor for Best American Essays and Best American Travel Writing, and her journalism has been compiled into two collections: The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People and My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere. Currently, she writes the Afterword column for The New Yorker, an obituary column that pays homage to people, places, and things we’ve lost. She is at work on a memoir.