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Paul Holdengraber and Susan Orlean on Libraries [Melbourne]

Paul Holdengraber and Susan Orlean on Libraries [Melbourne]

Ticketing Information



Wednesday May 8, 2019 - 8:00 PM


Athenaeum Theatre
188 Collins Street


To book tickets please email: / or PH: 03 9094 7800


Glenda Judd & Linda D'Ornay

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About the Show

The boundary between society and the library is porous,’ Susan Orlean has written. ‘Nothing good is kept out of the library, and nothing bad.’

What do libraries mean to us – as public places and civic institutions? Why do attacks on libraries evoke a special kind of horror? And what do libraries represent in the collective imagination and in literary history?

Hosted by State Library Victoria’s Justine Hyde, we’re presenting two great American thinkers who have spent years of their lives immersed in the world of libraries. Paul Holdengräber was the former curator of conversations at the New York Public Library, and is the founding executive director of the Onassis Foundation LA, a centre for dialogue in Los Angeles which is an outpost of the Onassis headquarters in Athens. Susan Orlean is a bestselling author and New Yorker staff writer whose latest work, The Library Book, combines memoir with an investigation of the unsolved 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire.

Join us for an extravagantly nerdy conversation, cataloguing the past, present and future of public libraries; why we love them, and why we can’t do without them.

Dymocks Camberwell will be our bookseller at this event.

Presented in partnership with State Library Victoria.