On Monday, April 22, we hosted journalist Susan Orlean, author of "The Library Book," for Arlington Reads 2019.
Susan Orlean described learning about the 1986 LA Public Library fire during a visit to the library. Her guide took a big sniff of a library book and said, "You can still smell the smoke." She had never heard about the fire, but she immediately knew someone should write about it.
It turned out that person was her, and that book became "The Library Book." You can watch the video of Susan Orlean's Arlington Reads 2019 talk on youtube.
And if you're on hold to read "The Library Book," we recommend these six great nonfiction books while you wait.
All photos by Josh Brick, who holds the copyright.