Old Town Books Club: The Library Book
Join us for the April Old Town Books Club! We will be reading and discussing The Library Book by Susan Orlean, a 2018 Washington Post Book of the Year. Group discussion will be facilitated by bookseller Matt Gilson. Old Town Books Club is free and open to the public; RSVP is not required to attend. You can get 15% off in store purchase of The Library Book by mentioning the book club. About the book: On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual fire alarm. As one fireman recounted, “Once that first stack got going, it was ‘Goodbye, Charlie.’” The fire was disastrous: it reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who? Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.
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