Join the Wheelock Book Club for a discussion of "The Library Book" by Susan Orlean
About the book:
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.’” The fire was disastrous: it reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?
Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.
This discussion will be a live Zoom event and registration is required.
One hour before the event, a secure link will be emailed.
Copies of The Library Book are available in multiple formats. Please call the library for assistance with locating or reserving a copy, 253-280-2800. Copies are also available from TPL to Go at Wheelock while they last.