Join Chrissy Keuper on Monday, March 11 at 6:30 in the Lawson McGhee Library meeting room for a discussion of The Library Book by Susan Orlean.
Susan Orlean combines an informal history of libraries with a riveting true case of arson: the largest library fire in United States history. On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire started in the stacks at the main branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. After burning for more than seven hours, the fire was finally put out. It left more than a million books either damaged or destroyed, and twenty-two people injured. The police arrested a suspect, but he was never charged. Orlean, a lifelong journalist, delves deep into this unsolved mystery, but also into the importance of libraries themselves.
Chrissy Keuper is former host of National Public Radio's Morning Edition on WUOT and is now a contributing writer at Cityview Magazine in addition to working in the financial industry. Chrissy was born in Johnson City, but has been in Knoxville since 1998 and calls it home. She holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Tennessee.