2010 Fall Literary Festival: Susan Orlean, Tuesday, October 19, 6 :00 p.m.Ernest F. Hollings Library Program Room
Oct 19, 2010
Susan Orlean has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1992, and has written profiles, Reporter at Large, columns, Talk of the Town, and Popular Chronicles on subjects ranging from taxidermy to umbrella inventors to figure skater Tonya Harding. Prior to joining The New Yorker, Orlean was a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and at Vogue, where she wrote about figures in both the music and fashion industries. She has also contributed to Esquire, Smithsonian, and New York Times Magazine. In addition to her magazine work, Orlean is the author of seven books including My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who¹s Been Everywhere (2004); The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People (2000); Saturday Night (1990); and Lazy Little Loafers (2008). In 1999, she published The Orchid Thief, a best-selling narrative about orchid poachers in Florida. The Orchid Thief was made into the movie, "Adaptation," written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. She is currently writing a book about the dog actor Rin Tin Tin. Susan received her B.A. with honors from the University of Michigan in 1976 and attended Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow in 2004. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and son.