American journalist, former New Yorker staff writer, and contributing editor for Rolling Stone and Vogue Susan Orlean READING, Q&A, BOOKSIGNING Presented by the Yavapai College Southwest Literary Series Susan Orlean’s book, Orchid Thief was a national New York Times bestseller and inspired an Academy Award winning film called Adaptation, starring Meryl Streep (as Susan Orlean), Nicholas Cage, and Chris Cooper.
Enjoy a special free screening of Adaptation, Saturday, February 28th at 5:30 pm at Yavapai College Library Community Room in conjunction with the Prescott Film Festival.
Please Note: This is an offsite event at the Yavapai College Library, Susan N. Webb Community Room, Building 19, Room 147.
About Susan Orlean's Books
“He believed the dog was immortal.” So begins Susan Orlean’s sweeping, powerfully moving story of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon. From the moment in 1918 when Corporal Lee Duncan discovers Rin Tin Tin on a World War I battlefield, he recognizes something in the pup that he needs to share with the world. Rin Tin Tin’s improbable introduction to Hollywood leads to the dog’s first blockbuster film and over time, the many radio programs, movies, and television shows that follow. The canine hero’s legacy is cemented by Duncan and a small group of others who devote their lives to keeping him and his descendants alive. …… In Susan Orlean’s mesmerizing true story of beauty and obsession is John Laroche, a renegade plant dealer and sharply handsome guy, in spite of the fact that he is missing his front teeth and has the posture of al dente spaghetti. In 1994, Laroche and three Seminole Indians were arrested with rare orchids they had stolen from a wild swamp in south Florida that is filled with some of the world's most extraordinary plants and trees. Laroche had planned to clone the orchids and then sell them for a small fortune to impassioned collectors. After he was caught in the act, Laroche set off one of the oddest legal controversies in recent memory, which brought together environmentalists, Native American activists, and devoted orchid collectors. The result is a tale that is strange, compelling, and hilarious.
New Yorker writer Susan Orlean followed Laroche through swamps and into the eccentric world of Florida’s orchid collectors, a subculture of aristocrats, fanatics, and smugglers whose obsession with plants is all-consuming. Along the way, Orlean learned the history of orchid collecting, discovered an odd pattern of plant crimes in Florida, and spent time with Laroche’s partners, a tribe of Seminole Indians who are still at war with the United States.
About Susan Orlean
Susan Orlean has earned a reputation as one of America’s most distinctive journalistic voices. A staff writer for the New Yorker for more than twenty years and a former contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Vogue. Orlean’s most recent book, Rin Tin Tin, explores the life and legacy of the iconic German shepherd. Her book The Orchid Thief was a national bestseller that inspired the Academy Award-winning film Adaptation. Meryl Streep, who portrayed Orlean in the film, was nominated for an Academy Award, as were costars Nicholas Cage and Chris Cooper and writer Charlie Kaufman. Her story of young women surfing in Maui also was made into the film, Blue Crush. In a career spanning more than three decades, Orlean has written for many national publications including Outside, Esquire, and The Boston Globe, and has served as an editor for Best American Essays and Best American Travel Writing. Her journalism has been compiled into two collections: The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People and My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere. Orlean lives in Los Angeles and upstate New York, where she is a parent, dog owner, gardener, and occasional teacher. Find out more about Susan Orlean »
Location: Street: Yavapai College Library Additional: Susan N. Webb Community Room, Building 19, Room 147 City: Prescott, Province: Arizona Postal Code: 86302 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)