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Susan Orlean, Author Visit | April 21

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Mees Hall

East Mound Street

Bexley, OH 43209

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Bexley Public Library invites you to join us on April 21st at Capital University's Mees Hall to hear New York Times bestselling author and journalist Susan Orlean, our featured guest for the 2020 Bexley Community Author Series.

Heralded as “a national treasure” by The Washington Post, Ms. Orlean’s newest release, The Library Book, was an instant New York Times bestseller. A breathtaking exploration of the history, power, and future of libraries, The Library Book was named a top book by The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Goodreads Book Club Picks. Ms. Orlean’s 1998 book, The Orchid Thief, inspired the Academy Award-winning film Adaptation, and she is a long-time staff writer at The New Yorker, and a former contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Vogue.


Location: Capital University's Mees Hall
Address: East Mound Street Bexley, OH 43209
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: $15 and $10 ticket options (see seating chart). Student tickets are free with valid Student ID (Students must still reserve their seat through Eventbrite and then present their student ID at the door.)

Ms. Orlean will speak, followed by a Q&A. An opportunity for book signing will follow Ms. Orlean's onstage appearance and copies of her works will be available for purchase before and after the program courtesy of Gramercy Books.

Doors open and seating begins at 6pm.

Accommodations can be made in advance for guests with disabilities. For more information, contact authorseries@bexleylibrary.org.


Sponsors will be added regularly. If interested in sponsorship, contact Paige Bilotta (614.545.6942).

Benefactor Sponsor

Giant Eagle

Media Partner

WCBE 90.5 FM

Lead Sponsors

Crane Group
Linda and Frank Kass
Friends of Bexley Public Library

Literary Sponsors

Bexley Bed + Breakfast - Mautz Family
Giuseppe's Ritrovo
Ray LaVoie Photography
Stolz-Mead Advertising

Community Partners

Bexley City Schools
Bexley Community Foundation
Capital University
Drexel Theatre
Gramercy Books


Susan Orlean's deeply moving 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 twenty years and a former contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Vogue, she has been praised as “an exceptional essayist” (Publishers Weekly) and a writer who “approaches her subjects with intense curiosity and fairness” (Bookmarks).

Orlean is fascinated by tales of every stripe. Her profiles and interviews for The New Yorker have covered such wide-ranging subjects as Jean Paul Gaultier’s design inspiration, urban chicken farming, the friends and neighbors of Tonya Harding, the contemporary painter responsible for capturing “the art in the Wonder Bread,” and the World Taxidermy Championships. Her Esquire piece on “The American Man, Age 10” has been taught in classrooms across the country. From the everyday to the outlandish, she has an eye for the moving, the hilarious, and the surprising.

Praise for Susan Orlean

Snapshot-vivid, pitch-perfect prose.
The Washington Post Book World

The best writers make you care about something you never noticed before. Susan Orlean is a perfect example.The New York Daily News

Moving . . . A constant pleasure to read . . . Everybody who loves books should check out The Library Book.
Ron Charles, The Washington Post

Orlean’s work in general has that elusive quality to it: exquisitely written, consistently entertaining and irreducible to anything so obvious and pedestrian as a theme.
The New York Times

Orlean’s gifts [are] her ear for the self-skewing dialogue, her eye for the incongruous, convincing detail, and her Didion-like deftness in description.
The Boston Globe


Will books will be available for purchase?

Copies of Susan Orlean's books will be available for purchase before and after the program courtesy of Gramercy Books.

I'm a teacher and would like to request seats for my students.

Teachers interested in bringing groups of students should contact the Library: (614) 545-6942 or authorseries@bexleylibrary.org.

Can I purchase a ticket at the door?

If the event is not yet full, you may purchase a ticket onsite. Please know that there are a limited number of seats and that ticket availability may be limited. No entry is allowed without a ticket.

May I choose my seat?

Yes, you may select your seats based on what is available.

Can accommodations be made for guests with disabilities?

Guests with disabilities may contact the Library to request tickets with handicap-accessible seating or to request any other necessary accommodations: (614) 545-6942 or authorseries@bexleylibrary.org.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You may bring your printed or electronic ticket to check-in at the event.

What time does seating begin?

Doors open and seating begins at 6:00 pm.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact the Library at (614) 545-6942 or authorseries@bexleylibrary.org.

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