*This event will take place in-person at the Philosophical Research Society, located at 3910 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

Ticket price includes a copy of On Animals and admission to the in-person event. Get your tickets here.

PLEASE NOTE: Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event. All attendees are required to wear masks while inside the auditorium.


On Animals (Avid Reader Press)

Susan Orlean—the beloved New Yorker staff writer hailed as “a national treasure” by The Washington Post and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Library Book—gathers a lifetime of musings, meditations, and in-depth profiles about animals.

“How we interact with animals has preoccupied philosophers, poets, and naturalists for ages,” writes Susan Orlean. Since the age of six, when Orlean wrote and illustrated a book called Herbert the Near-Sighted Pigeon, she’s been drawn to stories about how we live with animals, and how they abide by us. Now, in On Animals, she examines animal-human relationships through the compelling tales she has written over the course of her celebrated career.

These stories consider a range of creatures—the household pets we dote on, the animals we raise to end up as meat on our plates, the creatures who could eat us for dinner, the various tamed and untamed animals we share our planet with who are central to human life. In her own backyard, Orlean discovers the delights of keeping chickens. In a different backyard, in New Jersey, she meets a woman who has twenty-three pet tigers—something none of her neighbors knew about until one of the tigers escapes. In Iceland, the world’s most famous whale resists the efforts to set him free; in Morocco, the world’s hardest-working donkeys find respite at a special clinic. We meet a show dog and a lost dog and a pigeon who knows exactly how to get home.

Equal parts delightful and profound, enriched by Orlean’s stylish prose and precise research, these stories celebrate the meaningful cross-species connections that grace our collective existence.

Susan Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. She is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including The Library Book, Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award–winning film Adaptation. She lives with her family and her animals in Los Angeles and may be reached at SusanOrlean.com and on Twitter @SusanOrlean.

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
3910 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
On Animals Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982181536
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 12th, 2021

The Library Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476740195
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 2019

The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession Cover Image
ISBN: 9780449003718
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 4th, 2000

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439190142
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 9th, 2012