Susan Orlean, the bestselling author of The Orchid Thief (kind-of inspiration for the movie "Adaptation") and Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, as well as New Yorker feature writer, is writing a book about the Los Angeles Public Library.
According to LA Observed, her starting point is "the fire in 1986 that almost consumed the [Los Angeles] Central Library, and which led to the building's expansion into the beauty we have today."
You can read more about that fire here.
Orlean confirmed the news in a tweet:
Today marks the start of work on my new book about the Los Angeles Public Library. More details as I move forward...!
— Susan Orlean (@susanorlean) March 2, 2013
She was previously quoted by the website Authors for Libraries, set up by the American Library Association, as saying "Libraries are what is best about us as a society: open, exciting, rich, informative, free, inclusive, engaging."
The book which will be published by Simon & Schuster, doesn't yet have a publishing date.
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