Author Susan Orlean to visit Fayetteville Public Library

Susan Orlean / Photo: Noah Fecks

New York Times best-selling author Susan Orlean is coming to the Fayetteville Public Library this weekend.

Orlean will appear at the library’s event center at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14 to speak about her career as a writer both for publications like The New Yorker and Rolling Stone, and as a novelist. Her lecture will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience, and a book signing.

Orlean is the author of best-selling novels “The Orchid Thief” and “The Library Book,” which was included as one of the Times 100 Notable Books of 2018 and Washington Post’s Best Books of 2018.

She recently released a series of stories called “On Animals,” including profiles and her person musings about the lives of animals.

Her appearance was originally scheduled for April 2020, but was cancelled as a result of the pandemic.

“It was unfortunate that we weren’t able to have Susan Orlean here as planned last year, but in a strange way it worked out for the best since we can now host her in one of our new spaces that, had her visit gone as scheduled, would not have been ready,” said library executive director David Johnson. “Our author talks are a beloved tradition, and having one on our calendar once again brings us immense joy. We think the spirit that Susan Orlean showcases in all of her work, and inevitably in this Sunday’s program, is going to delight everyone who attends.”

The event is free and open to the public, and seating is first-come, first-served.

Library officials are encouraging those who are interested in attending to register online so that staff can plan accordingly.

To register or for more info, visit