It began with a figurine. The story behind veteran New Yorker reporter Susan Orlean's most recent venture into literary journalism is simple, though the book that resulted is a bit more in-depth. When Orlean was a child, her grandfather kept a toy version of canine TV star Rin Tin Tin on his desk. The German shepherd left a small mark on her childhood and a larger one on her career: In September, Orlean released Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, a 336-page historical biography of the dog behind both the figurine and one of the time period's most endearing television shows.
"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.
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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