"When by chance I learned that Rin Tin Tin was a real dog, not just a television character -- a real dog with a real life that was extraordinary -- I was drawn into the story and eventually to the idea of writing this book," Orlean writes on her website.
If you need further evidence of either Orlean's literary prowess or the German shepherd's literary presence, consider the first sentence to his story: "He believed the dog was immortal." Orlean will read from the book at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street; copies are $27 if you want her to sign one. For more information, go to www.tatteredcover.com or call 303-436-1070
Tue., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., 2011