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Susan Orlean Interview on Sunday

By Margaret Lyons in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 15, 2004 5:41PM

Susan Orlean; Photo: NPRWe kind of thought we'd be hearing more about this, but for some reason it's been pretty quiet. Susan Orlean will be in Chicago on Sunday as Victoria Lautman's guest on "Writers on the Record," a radio interview show.

Orlean—Meryl Streep played her in Adaptation incase you still can't place her name—will also be signing copies of her new book My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who's Been Everywhere after the interview. "Writers on the Record" is broadcast from the Lookingglass Theatre, and you can hear it on 98.7 FM at noon. If you want to be there in person, you have to have tickets; call 312-832-6788. As far as we know, it's free.

"Writers on the Record" has a weird lack of coverage on the internet, but it's a collaboration between Chicago magazine, WFMT-FM, and the Lookingglass Theatre to promote literacy and literature in Chicago. Every month (it started last month, so don’t sweat it too hard), Chicago magazine will publish an interview with an author, presumably to generate enthusiasm/remind people that the author isn't dead, and then Lautman will interview them for the show.

Here's our favorite Susan Orlean piece, which is about the Shaggs. Also, anyone else think Orlean has weirdly cute web design? Yeah, nothing groundbreaking, but still…pretty cute. So, do you think she can hook us up with some of that orchid snuff? Because we're still trying to figure out how to make the dial-tone noise.