Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean

New York Times Bestselling Author, Journalist

Monday, November 15, 2021
7:30 p.m.

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. A staff writer for The New Yorker for over twenty years and a former contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Vogue, she has been praised as “an exceptional essayist” (Publishers Weekly) and a writer who “approaches her subjects with intense curiosity and fairness” (Bookmarks)
Orlean authored the 1998 book, The Orchid Thief, which was adapted into the film Adaptation (2002). Meryl Streep received an Academy Award nomination, and a Golden Globe award for her performance as Orlean. Susan’s latest work is the instant New York Times bestseller The Library Book, an exploration of the history, power, and future of these endangered institutions. The Library Book was named one of both The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2018 and The Washington Post’s Best Books of 2018.
Orlean was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio and graduated from the University of Michigan with honors in 1976, studying literature and history. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2004, and received an honorary Doctor of Human Letters degree from the University of Michigan in 2012.