Writers & Readers: Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean

The author of Saturday Night, The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, and The Orchid Thief (which became an Academy Award-winning film), describes her Cleveland childhood as “happy and uneventful…back when the Indians were still a lousy team.” Studying literature and history, she dreamt of writing long stories about interesting things but had no idea how to become a writer. There was no guidebook. So, she set off on a path to law school and a career, landing by chance in an interim gig at a now-defunct magazine, then a weekly alternative paper, and, eventually, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and The Boston Globe, before moving to New York, publishing her first book, and becoming a staff writer for The New Yorker. Her experience is, perhaps, the best proof of the truism: to be a writer, one must write. Orlean’s newest title, The Library Book (October 2018), reopens the unsolved mystery of America’s most catastrophic library fire, underscoring and exploring the treasured place that libraries hold in our culture and in our hearts.
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2pm
Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium

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Facebook Live Book Discussion

Join Cleveland Public Library and Literary Cleveland staff in a live online discussion of Susan Orlean’s work.
Monday, Nov. 5 at 12pm

Free Writing Workshop with Literary Cleveland
How to Create Creative Nonfiction

An introduction to writing prose that chronicles real-life events while incorporating personal reflection, opinions and experiences, with Christopher Johnston. Register for this workshop, “How to Create Creative Nonfiction.” (Registration is full)
Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10:30am–12pm
Louis Stokes Wing, 10th Floor


All Writers & Readers events are FREE and open to the public, but seating priority is given to those who register until 30 minutes before the start of the event.