October 22, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.

Cover image for The library book / Susan Orlean.The Library Book by Susan Orlean

In The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the [1986] fire [at the Los Angeles Public Library] and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity; brings each department of the library to vivid life through on-the-ground reporting; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago.
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