Susan Orlean to speak at 2 OCL branches Oct. 22nd

She has been around the world, several times, reporting about people who are a little bit different, a little bit quirky.  She has entertained us and her writings have reminded us of life’s little joke: the more we are different, the more we tend to be alike.

And now Susan Orlean, journalist and book author, will present her latest book, “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend,” her definitive biography of the canine movie-star, at the Ocean County Library’s Manchester branch (21 Colonial Dr.) Monday Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Toms River branch (101 Washington St.)

The programs are free and open to the public.  They are sponsored by the Ocean County Library Foundation.

Registration is required. Telephone the Manchester branch (732) 657-7600 or the Toms River branch (732) 349-6200, or visit the library’s Web site www.theoceancountylibrary.org .

Rin Tin Tin, was rescued from a French World War 1 battlefield and adopted by Lee Duncan. The dog went on to become a matinee idol in the 1920s and 1930s, starred in 23 movies and was reportedly nominated for best actor in the Academy Award’s first competition in 1929.

Rin Tin Tin died in August 1932 but others took his lead in short films, and radio and television shows.

Orlean, a staff writer for New Yorker Magazine since 1992, has also written “The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession,” “The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People,” and “My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere.” She has also co-edited “The Best American Travel Writing 2007,” and “The Best American Essays 2005.”

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