The New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean has been called “a national treasure” by the Washington Post. Her deeply moving—and deeply humorous—explorations of American stories have earned her a reputation as one of our most distinctive journalistic voices. Her bestseller The Orchid Thief inspired the Academy Award-winning film Adaptation. A staff writer for The New Yorker for over 20 years and a former contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Vogue, she penned the collection My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere.
March 22, 7pm – Travel Writing Conference, SJSU Student Union Theatre
Praise for Susan Orlean
“Orlean is a beautiful writer, and her story is compelling even for those whose knowledge of orchids is limited to the long-ago prom corsage. The Orchid Thief is a lesson in the dark, dangerous, sometimes hilarious nature of obsession–any obsession. You sometimes don’t want to read on, but find you can’t help it.” – USA Today
“Orlean’s buoyant, self-assured style makes the journey fun.” – Salon
“Orlean’s snapshot-vivid, pitch-perfect prose . . . is fast becoming one of our national treasures.”
– Washington Post Book World
“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.” – Boston Sunday GlobeAll events are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.