Susan Orlean, 28th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Susan Orlean

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center

Author/Artist Bio

Susan Orlean became a staff writer for The New Yorker in 1992. She had been contributing both signed articles and “Talk of the Town” pieces since 1987. Prior to joining The New Yorker, Orlean was a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and also at Vogue, where she wrote on numerous figures in both the music and fashion industries. Previously, she had been a columnist, first for the Boston Phoenix, and then for the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. She has also written for The New York Times Magazine, Spy, Esquire, and Outside. Orlean has written several books, including The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Ordinary People, a collection of stories which was released in January 2001; Red Sox and Blue Fish (1989), a compilation of columns she wrote for the Globe Sunday Magazine; Saturday Night (1990), a journal of essays which chronicle the Saturday nights she spent in communities across the country; The Orchid Thief (1999), a narrative about orchid poachers in Florida. The Orchid Thief has been made into the movie Adaptation, written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze.


Orlean presented on Wednesday, October 5, 2005 at 8:00 p.m.

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