Author Susan Orlean

How many have typed multiple questions into Google, then looked amazed at the speedy, comprehensive responses, and risen from their chairs muttering about the obsolescence of libraries? Plenty. But those who are impassioned about library preservation have an impressive new tool available: “The Library Book,” by the quirky, nonfiction icon Susan Orlean, who’s coming to town. This volume’s nominal focus is on determining how and by whose hand Los Angeles’ Central Library burned catastrophically three decades ago. But Orlean’s prose goes far afield in appreciation of these institutions. Among her major findings: The people who work for libraries — and users who have figured out how to optimize their utility — are themselves specialty resources on behalf of a healthy, sane and resilient society.


Louisville Free Public Library
7 p.m. | Free (reserve ticket online)
301 York St.