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{Susan Orlean Reads at Longfellow Books}

Susan Orlean Reads at Longfellow Books

We are so excited to welcome nonfiction author Susan Orlean to Portland, Maine on October 14th, 6pm. Susan Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. She is the author of seven books, including Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award-winning film Adaptation. In addition to spending some time with our students, we’re sponsoring an event at the firecely independent and local bookstore, Longfellow Books. Orlean will be reading from her new book Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend. Nearly ten years in the making, her first original book since the celebrated bestseller The Orchid Thief is a sweeping, surprising, and powerfully moving work of narrative nonfiction about the dog actor and international icon.

PRAISE for Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend >>

“Magnificent.” — Vanity Fair

“Fascinating . . . The sweeping story of the soulful German shepherd who was born on the battlefields of World War I, immigrated to America, conquered Hollywood, struggled in the transition to the talkies, helped mobilize thousands of dog volunteers against Hitler and himself emerged victorious as the perfect family-friendly icon of cold war gunslinging, thanks to the new medium of television. . . . Do dogs deserve biographies? In Rin Tin Tin Susan Orlean answers that question resoundingly in the affirmative . . . By the end of this expertly told tale, she may persuade even the most hardened skeptic that Rin Tin Tin belongs on Mount Rushmore with George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt, or at least somewhere nearby with John Wayne and Seabiscuit.” — Jennifer Schuessler, front cover of The New York Times Book Review

“Remarkable . . . Orlean’s pursuit of detail is mind-boggling. . . . The book is less about a dog than the prototypes he embodied and the people who surrounded him. It is about story-making itself, about devotion, luck and heroes. . . . Ultimately, the reader is left well nourished and in awe of both Orlean’s reportorial devotion and at her magpie ability to find the tiniest sparkling detail.” — Alexandra Horowitz, San Francisco Chronicle