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Shelf Life: Paul Holdengräber and Susan Orlean on Libraries.

Image of Paul Holdengraber courtesy of New York Public Library
08 May 2019, 8:00pm9:00pm
$25 adults and $20 concession
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Location The Athenaeum Theatre
188 Collins Street Melbourne

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?

The Wheeler Centre and State Library Victoria, present two great American thinkers who have spent years of their lives immersed in the world of libraries.

Join us for a discussion, hosted by Kate Torney, cataloguing the past, present and future of public libraries; why we love them, and why we can’t do without them.

About Paul Holdengräber

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.

About Susan Orlean

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.

About Kate Torney

Kate Torney was Director of News at the ABC, leading 1400 journalists and production staff around Australia and in 11 international bureaus. She was announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the State Library of Victoria in July 2015. State Library Victoria is Victoria’s oldest cultural institution and Australia’s busiest public library, with over 2 million visitors each year and more than 4 million visits online.

Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre