Friends Book Group
April 8, 2020 - 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The Friends of the Walker Memorial Book Club meets the second Wednesday of the month at the Westbrook Community Center in the Oak Room at 3pm. This months selection is “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean. All are welcome!
Book synopsis: On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual fire alarm. As one fireman recounted, “Once that first stack got going, it was ‘Goodbye, Charlie.’” The fire was disastrous: it reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?