The bestselling author of The Orchid Thief, which was made into an Academy Award–winning film Adaptation, Susan Orlean returns with another thrilling saga, The Library Book. In re-examining the unsolved mystery of the Los Angeles Public Library’s 1986 arson fire, Susan delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution. The author and New Yorker staff writer sits down with Jennifer Byrne to discuss the bestselling novel that showcases her signature wit, insight and compassion.

Supported by the City of Sydney.

This event is Auslan-interpreted. 

Susan Orlean (International)

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Hailed a “national treasure” by The Washington Post, Susan Orlean is the acclaimed, bestselling author of Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award-winning film Adaptation. In The Library Book she 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. In a starred review, Booklist called it: “Mesmerizing . . . A riveting mix of true crime, history, biography, and immersion journalism. . . . Probing, prismatic, witty, dramatic, and deeply appreciative, Orlean’s chronicle celebrates libraries as sanctuaries, community centers, and open universities run by people of commitment, compassion, creativity, and resilience.” Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992.

Jennifer Byrne (Australian)

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Jennifer Byrne has emerged from 11 years as host of The Book Club on ABC TV with her love for books intact, and an ongoing curiosity about and admiration for writers. Trained in print at The Age in Melbourne, Jennifer has spent much of her career in broadcast media including radio host, pioneer reporter at Channel Nine's Sunday and twice working as a foreign correspondent, first with 60 Minutes and later the ABC.