The case of the most devastating library fire in our country’s history remains unsolved. Touched off by an arsonist, the seven-hour, 2,000-degree inferno destroyed or damaged more than 1 million books at the Los Angeles Public Library in April 1986.
Laura Kasischke speaks to us as few poets, or novelists, can.
A renowned literary multi-talent, she has won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her poetry and seen three of her novels—most recently White Bird in a Blizzard—adapted into feature films. All told, she is the author of 10 books of poetry, 10 novels, and a short story collection.