Active Voice: Writers Respond

Susan Orlean, Writer for the New Yorker, Author

Episode Summary

How do writers grapple with facts when the truth seems up for grabs? Author and New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean offers thoughts on a current conundrum and her writing life over the course of three decades and counting.

Episode Notes

Susan Orlean is best known for her books The Orchid Thief, Saturday Night, Rin Tin Tin, and most recently, The Library Book, published in October, 2018. Now out in paperback, it’s a story she was compelled to tell about the largest library fire in US history and how it renewed a lifelong love and appreciation for the magic of libraries. 49 Writers Active Voice host and producer Katie Bausler met with Susan Orlean when she was the keynote writer at the 2019 North Words Writers Symposium in Skagway, Alaska. Original music by Liz Snyder and Alex Kotlarz.