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Revisiting 'The Library Book' With Susan Orlean On Tuesday's Access Utah

Access Utah

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual fire alarm. As one fireman recounted, “Once that first stack got going, it was ‘Goodbye, Charlie.’”


14 Sep 2021

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Susan Orlean on Empty Nesting & Family Love

Kelly Corrigan Wonders

Continuing our series "Love Stories for a Weary World," Kelly and renowned writer Susan Orlean talk about transitions in family life -- including the big one of becoming an empty nester. Kelly shares memories of early days with young children in this very personal episode. Please subscribe, rate and review us wherever you listen to podcasts! We read and appreciate every review. You can follow the conversation with Kelly on Instagram @kellycorrigan.


13 Jul 2021

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7 Jun 2021

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YOU ARE READY FOR TAKEOFF by Susan Orlean, read by Susan Orlean

Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine

Author Susan Orlean narrates a short essay about overcoming her fear of flying. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss her introspective narration. Orlean highlights her phobia and the path she took to overcome it, including hypnosis. Orlean’s experience is shared with a touch of humor, and coming in at 40 minutes, it’s an enlightening and short production for anyone interested in exploring the topic. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website. Published by Brilliance Audio.Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.comSupport for AudioFile's Behind the Mic comes from PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE AUDIO, dedicated to producing top-quality fiction and nonfiction audiobooks written and read by the best in the business. Visit penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/audiofile now to start listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


17 May 2021

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Author Susan Orlean on her book and the important role libraries played in her life

Smart Talk

It’s not an exaggeration to say writers like books. Reading led to writing. But best-selling author and New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean really likes books, and the public library in her Ohio hometown is where her love grew. In fact, one of Orlean’s most popular books was 2018’s The Library Book, about a fire … Continue reading "Author Susan Orlean on her book and the important role libraries played in her life"


7 May 2021

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152. Annabelle Gurwitch with Susan Orlean: Adventures in Downward Mobility

Town Hall Seattle Arts & Culture Series

For many generations, Americans were sold the idea of upward mobility. But today’s generations are unfortunately and unexpectedly struggling with downward mobility, both financial and emotional. A new essay collection gives irreverent and empathetic voice to this generation, hurtling into their next chapter with no safety net, and author Annabelle Gurwitch joined us to discuss this unique book. In conversation with writer Susan Orlean, Gurwitch shared passages from You’re Leaving When?: Adventures in Downward Mobility, and about her inspiration for writing it. She explored her own experience with embracing homesharing, welcoming a housing-insecure young couple and a bunny rabbit into her home, as well as relearning to parent one pronoun at a time when her college student child sheds the gender binary. With humor, she related diving into the dating pool and flunking the magic of tidying up. In a time when so many believed they had a semblance of security but wound up with a fragile economy, Gurwitch offered stories of resilience, adaptability, low-rent redemption, and the kindness of strangers. She invited us to timely and eminently relatable conversation. Annabelle Gurwitch is the author of I See You Made an Effort; Wherever You Go, There They Are; You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up (coauthored with Jeff Kahn); and Fired! (also a Showtime Comedy Special). She’s written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, and Los Angeles Magazine, and was a regular contributor to NPR. The longtime cohost of Dinner & a Movie, she performs with the Moth Mainstage and at arts centers around the country. Susan Orlean is an author and staff writer for The New Yorker. She’s written numerous books, including The Library Book and Animalish, as well as contributing to several others. Buy the Book: https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/book/9781640094475 Presented by Town Hall Seattle. To become a member or make a donation click here. 


29 Apr 2021

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Getting Inspired w/ Susan Orlean

BPL Podcast

Prolific journalist and bestselling author Susan Orlean joins Jeff and Leann for a special podcast episode in anticipation of her upcoming Bexley Community Author Series virtual event on April 27th, 2021. Orlean discusses how her unpretentious Midwestern roots shaped her as a writer (she’s from Ohio!) and then dives deep on her inspirations for The Library Book & The Orchid Thief. Plus, she talks about her new book, On Animals, due to be released in Fall 2021. ----more---- Register for the 2021 Bexley Community Author Series Virtual Event with Susan Orlean on April 27th at 7pm here: https://bexley.libnet.info/event/4903433 Find out about upcoming Bexley Public Library events at https://www.bexleylibrary.org Follow Bexley Public Library across platforms @bexleylibrary


9 Apr 2021

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How to begin: Susan Orlean on "The Orchid Thief"

Spark & Fire: Epic Creative Stories

How do you move past that "wobbly moment" in your creative journey? Just move. From the moment she heard about it, Susan Orlean knew she had to tell the story of "The Orchid Thief" – a wild, true story of obsession set in the swamps of Florida. But somewhere deep in the telling, she risks losing her own footing. Spark & Fire follows Susan as she pursues the story that "set her brain on fire," pushing past a creative crisis to write the magazine article and then book that in turn inspired the film "Adaptation." She tells her story in her own incisive, honest and very funny words – with insider details you haven’t heard, and actionable advice for anyone at any stage of their creative journey.Susan Orlean is a journalist and nonfiction writer who became a staff writer at the New Yorker in 1992. Her works of literary nonfiction include The Orchid Thief and The Library Book. She has a wildly entertaining Twitter feed: @susanorleanFollow along (with transcript and photos) at http://sparkandfire.com/orchidthief/Subscribe to the Spark & Fire weekly newsletter for images, stories and creative prompts: http://eepurl.com/hkmyMrSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


5 Jan 2021

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Animal Talking S02E06 - Susan Orlean, Justin Roiland, The Elwins

Animal Talking with Gary Whitta

On this week's episode Gary is joined by best-selling author Susan Orlean, Rick & Morty co-creator Justin Roiland, and Canadian indie rockers The Elwins! Subscribe on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/gwhitta/ Follow on Twitch:https://www.twitch.tv/garywhitta Follow us on Twitter:Gary Whitta - https://twitter.com/garywhittaLeah Whitta - https://twitter.com/leahKate Stark - https://twitter.com/katestarkAdam Nickerson - https://twitter.com/nickervision

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23 Oct 2020

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Susan Orlean: On the Eccentric Nature of Curiosity

Beyond the Page: The Best of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference

In this episode of BEYOND THE PAGE, host John Burnham Schwartz talks with SUSAN ORLEAN, longtime New Yorker staff writer and bestselling author of The Library Book and The Orchid Thief, about libraries and memory, about the eccentric nature of curiosity, and about the journalistic surprises and personal satisfactions of finally writing her own story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


20 Aug 2020