Susan Orlean

Spring 2017



susan orleanThe 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 Globe

All events are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.