Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Published in 1998, this work of nonfiction tells the story of plant dealer John Laroche, who was arrested in 1994 on charges of poaching the rare ghost orchid from the Fakahatchee Strand (part of the Everglades on mainland South Florida).
The book started as an article in The New Yorker magazine and eventually made it onto film through Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman's meta-adaptation titled, naturally, Adaptation. Starring Meryl Streep, Nicolas Cage and Chris Cooper, the movie takes serious departures from the book into the realm of fiction.
The Library will be hosting multiple events around The Orchid Thief in March 2013, including book club discussions, garden visits and a showing of the movie. Stay tuned here for more details!