Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Fong Auditorium
Room 110, Boylston Hall
Harvard University

Join us for a conversation with best-selling author and New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean. She’ll speak with 2016 Nieman Fellow Kim Tingley, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, about the craft of narrative nonfiction.

Learn how Orlean creates the distinctive voice in her pieces and how she uses herself as a first-person character. She’ll also discuss the immersion reporting she’s done for works like “The Orchid Thief,” and how she researched a new book she’s writing about the Los Angeles Public Library.

Orlean describes herself as a dog owner, a gardener, a parent, a frequent lecturer/speaker, an occasional teacher, a very occasional guest editor, a once-in-a-blue-moon movie inspiration (for the movie “Adaptation”), and doodler.

In addition to “The Orchid Thief,” she is the author of the New York Times best-seller “Rin Tin Tin,” “My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere,” “Throw Me a Bone,” “Saturday Night,” “Animalish,” “Lazy Little Loafers,” “The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup,” and “Red Sox and Bluefish.”

Orlean was a 2004 Nieman Fellow at Harvard.


harvard-writers-at-workPresented by the Harvard Writers at Work Lecture Series, which is co-sponsored by the Harvard College Writing Program, the Harvard Extension School Master’s Degree Program in Journalism, Harvard Review, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, and the Harvard College Program in General Education.