Thursday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m.
In a delightful, one-off appearance, New Yorker staff writer and New York Times best-selling author Susan Orlean, The Orchid Thief, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, in cahoots with her friend and cultural co-conspirator, Jill Sobule, the acclaimed singer-songwriter will treat us to a talk, reading, q&a and music(!), with signing to follow.
Susan Orlean is the bestselling author of eight books, including The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup; My Kind of Place; Saturday Night; and Lazy Little Loafers. In 1999, she published The Orchid Thief, a narrative about orchid poachers in Florida, which was made into the Academy Award-winning film, Adaptation ,written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. Her 2011 book, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, was a New York Times bestseller and a New York Times Notable book. It won the Ohioana Book Award and the Theatre Library Association’s Richard Wall Memorial Award. Orlean has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1992. Her subjects have included umbrella inventors, origami artists, skater Tonya Harding, and gospel choirs. She has also written extensively about animals,including show dogs, racing pigeons, oxen, donkeys, and backyard chickens. Her work has also been published in Esquire, Rolling Stone, Outside, Smithsonian, and the New York Times. She is currently writing a book about the Los Angeles Public Library.
Jill Sobule is a Denver-born, critically acclaimed, singer-writer with over 11 albums and more than two decades of recording and performing. 1995’s Jill Sobule proved a major popular breakthrough and included the hit singles “Supermodel” (featured in Clueless) and the original, “I Kissed A Girl”. Considered a pioneer in the crowdsourcing revolution, Jill remains a prolific, and diverse, writer and performer today. Jill has recently collaborated on a re-imagining of the 1970 Broadway play “Yentl” as well as on the original musical, “Times Square”. In addition, Sobule is a vocal political force, contributing songs, essays, and poetry to NPR, The Huffington Post, and more, while regularly performing at TED conferences, house concerts, and charity events across the country, including a recent series of concerts for inmates imprisoned across the country. Her latest project is “My Song Is My Weapon” – an online platform for artists and musicians to showcase their more socially conscious and political work.