Susan Orlean bullfighterAward-winning author Susan Orlean has a talent for turning a journalistic scoop into literary gold. In 1999, she parlayed her exposé of high-end flower poaching in the Florida Everglades into a New York Times bestseller with “The Orchid Thief”. The Oscar-winning film “Adaptation” was based upon “The Orchid Thief.” More recently, she’s created another bestseller with her investigations into the exotic world of a canine film star in “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend”. Join us for an evening talk as Susan shares her thoughts on everything from the art of storytelling, being a staff writer at The New Yorker, to being portrayed on screen by actress Meryl Streep.




Thurs., Nov. 1, 2012
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Event Only: $20
(Includes snacks and sangria)


Susan Orlean is the bestselling author of eight books, including “My Kind of Place”; “The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup”; “Saturday Night”; and “Lazy Little Loafers”. In 1999, she published “The Orchid Thief”, a narrative about orchid poachers in Florida, which was made into the Oscar-wining movie, “Adaptation,” written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. Her 2011 book, “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend”, an account of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from orphaned puppy to international icon, was a New York Times bestseller and a New York Times Notable book. It won the Ohioana Book Award and the Theatre Library Association’s Richard Wall Memorial Award. Susan has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1992. Her subjects have included umbrella inventors, origami artists, skater Tonya Harding, and gospel choirs. Her work has also been published in Esquire, Rolling Stone, Outside, Smithsonian, and the New York Times. Orlean graduated with honors from the University of Michigan and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2003. In 2012 she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Michigan.