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Susan Orlean @ The Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Harley & Bessie Knox Library

  • Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Harley & Bessie Knox Branch Library 215 W Washington St San Diego, CA, 92103 United States (map)

The Library Shop, in partnership with Warwick’s Books, is proud to present bestselling Author Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief) reading and discussing her latest work, The Library Book, at the brand new Craftsman-inspired Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Harley & Bessie Knox Library. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet one of America’s most gifted writers in the San Diego Public Library System’s newest building! This event is free and open to the public but seating will be limited. PLEASE NOTE: ALL AVAILABLE SEATING IS CURRENTLY SPOKEN FOR. If you purchase the item listed on this page YOUR NAME WILL BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST AND IF ANY CANCELLATIONS OR NO-SHOWS OCCUR YOU WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY TO FILL ANY EMPTY SEATS. There will be plenty of standing room only space and this event is free and open to the public, but only those on the waiting list will be given the chance to have a seat.

Copies of The Library Book may be purchased via this online form, by visiting the Library Shop or by calling us at 619-236-5802. (Price includes $2.17 in Sales Tax.) If you do purchase online please select ‘Pick Up In Store’ as your shipping option if you do not want the book mailed to you in advance! Books can be picked up any time at the Library Shop in the Downtown Central Library or at the new Mission Hills-Hillcrest Branch Library on the evening of the event.

The Library Book is a fascinating account of the 1986 fire that devastated the Los Angeles Public Library’s downtown branch. The fire consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. The Library Book is also a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution and an entertaining review of the eccentric characters who have led the Los Angeles Public Library over the last 150 years.

Susan Orlean has been a staff writer with The New Yorker since 1992 and is the author of the international bestseller The Orchid Thief. She has been hailed by The Washington Post as a '“National Treasure” and has written seven books.