An elegant history of the Los Angeles Public Library lauds both the building that survived a fire and its vivid patrons
Susan Orlean had never burned a book before. The idea was repulsive to her, calling up images of Nazis tossing Torahs into the flames.
On April 29, 1986, the Central Library in downtown Los Angeles caught fire and burned.
On the lovely spring morning of April 29, 1986, the Central Library of Los Angeles caught fire.