13th Annual Great Writers, Great Readings Series Spring 2017
Wednesday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m.
The New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean's explorations of American stories, both familiar and obscure, have earned her a reputation as one of America's most distinctive journalistic voices. A staff writer for The New Yorker for over 20 years and a former contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Vogue, she has been praised as "an exceptional essayist" by Publishers Weekly. Orlean's most recent book, Rin Tin Tin, explores the life and legacy of the iconic German shepherd. In The Orchid Thief—the national bestseller that inspired the Academy Award-winning film Adaptation—Orlean delves into the life of John Laroche, a charismatic schemer once convicted of trying to steal endangered orchids from a state preserve in southern Florida. Orlean's work has inspired two successful films: Blue Crush, the story of young women surfing in Maui, and Adaptation, the metafilm directed by Spike Jonze. Meryl Streep, who portrayed Orlean in the film, was nominated for an Academy Award.
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus
Admission to Great Writers, Great Readings events is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 516-463-5669.