Newsletter: 10 things to know about Susan Orlean

Author Susan Orlean at her Studio City home
(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Book Club Editor

Good morning, and welcome to the L.A. Times Book Club newsletter.

We caught up with bestselling author Susan Orlean ahead of her June 25 visit with the Los Angeles Times Book Club to ask about her current books, binges and guilty pleasures.

Here’s what she said:

Reading: “Barbarian Days” by William Finnegan and “The Old Drift” by Namwali Serpell


Watching: “Chernobyl” and “Narcos”

Listening to: “Living Mirage” by the Head and the Heart.

Following: @M_Crouton (“just a wee cow leading his best life”) and @legroff (author Lauren Groff).

Working on: Adapting “The Library Book” for television.

Planning: A trip to a literary festival in Bali in October.

Enjoying as a guilty pleasure: Page Six.

Challenged by: Deadlines.

Recalling as the craziest thing you did to get a story: Traveled to bullfights all around Spain chasing down a female matador for an interview.


Can’t do without: Chocolate, music, dogs.

Join us

The Los Angeles Times Book Club welcomes Susan Orlean to the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre on June 25. She’ll be in conversation with Times Deputy Managing Editor Julia Turner about “The Library Book.”

Good news: Tickets are still available here.


Last Saturday’s book club newsletter contained a garbled ticket link. Please accept our apology for any inconvenience.

More readers are checking out e-books and audiobooks without setting foot in the library.
(Chris Morris / For The Times)

Did you know?

L.A. Library patrons borrowed 4 million e-books, audiobooks and other electronic materials last year, surpassing the New York Library to claim the No. 2 spot of any U.S. Library system.


Read our story to learn how you can Read for Free Using Library Apps.

Book talk

Join the new L.A. Times Book Club Facebook Group to share your thoughts and compare notes with fellow book lovers. Tell us what you think about “The Library Book” and what else you are reading this summer.

And please share your suggestions for books we should read together. You can reach me at And on Twitter: @donnawares


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