The Library Book

Feb 26, 2019

Tuesday, we’re talking about libraries and their place in today’s digital world. Our guide is the writer Susan Orlean, whose latest book tells the story of a devastating fire that swallowed the Los Angeles Central Library in 1986.

Tuesday, we’re talking about libraries. Our guide is the writer Susan Orlean, whose latest book tells the story of a devastating fire that swallowed the Los Angeles Central Library in 1986. Millions of novels, magazines, pamphlets and documents were devoured in the flames. Central Library rose from the ashes though, reinventing itself for the modern era. Orlean joins us for a true-crime style trip to investigate the L.A. Library fire and explore libraries then and now. (Rebroadcast)

Susan Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. She is the author of seven books, including Rin Tin TinSaturday Night, and The Orchid Thief. Her newest is The Library Book [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible].