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LafayetteREADs! - The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Adults - Join us for a LafayetteREADs! book discussion. The March selection is The Library Book, by award-winning New York Times reporter and bestselling author Susan Orlean.

Reserve a copy of the book in our catalog, or check out a (non-reservable) Lucky Day copy in the lobby.

The Library Book by Susan OrleanAbout 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. . .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 - Library Catalog

Learn More: Visit the LafayetteREADs! home page for buzz about the book, discussion questions, and more! 

Monday, March 16, 2020 Show more dates
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Meeting Room
Lafayette Library
  18 and Over  
  *Book Discussion or Group     Adults  

LafayetteREADs! is a quarterly reading and discussion group led by Lafayette Public Library staff. We select books that are not only great reads, but that are relevant to today’s issues. Our informal discussions focus on the book itself, and the ways in which the story sheds light on the contemporary world. We’re a reading group that really does talk about the book! Learn more, and check out previous book selections.

Questions? Contact Scott Foley.


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