Susan Orlean, a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1992, will discuss her most recent publication, The Library Book. This bestselling book details the disastrous 1986 Los Angeles Library fire and examines the importance of libraries in our communities. Orlean has written for magazines including Vogue, Rolling Stone, and Esquire, and is the author of at least ten books including The Orchid Thief, a New York Times bestseller, which was made into the movie Adaptation starring Meryl Streep. Secure your VIP tickets before they go on sale by becoming a Speaker Series Individual Sponsor.
Kim Sajet, the first woman to serve as the Director of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, will join us in January. Sajet is responsible for a collection of 23,000 objects at the Smithsonian Gallery, including the famous ‘cracked plate’ photograph of Lincoln taken shortly before his death, the permanent “America’s Presidents” exhibition and the recently unveiled Obama portraits, which have had a profound impact on museum attendance from around the world. The Gallery is participating in the recently launched Smithsonian American Women’s Initiative “Because of Her Story” which will deepen our understanding of women’s contributions to the nation and the world. Secure your VIP tickets before they go on sale by becoming a Speaker Series Individual Sponsor.