The New York Times calls her "the talk of librarian
circles." Readers can’t get enough of her recommendations
while bookstores and libraries offer standing room only
whenever she visits. Since the release of the best-selling
Book Lust in 2003 and the Librarian Action Figure modeled
in her likeness, Nancy Pearl has become a rock star among
readers and the tastemaker people turn to when deciding
what to read next.
Having worked as a librarian and bookseller in Detroit,
Tulsa, and Seattle, Pearl’s knowledge of and love for books
is unmatched. In 1998, she developed the program "If All of
Seattle Read the Same Book," which spread across the
country. The former Executive Director of the Washington
Center for the Book, Pearl celebrates the written word by
speaking at bookstores and libraries across the country.
She is a regular commentator about books on national Public
Radio’s "Morning Edition" and NPR affiliate stations KUOW
in Seattle and KWGS in Tulsa.
In 2004, Pearl became the 50th winner of the Women’s
National Book Association Award for her extraordinary
contribution to the world of books. In the moments when
Pearl finds herself without a book, she is an avid
bicyclist and happy grandmother of two. She lives in
Seattle with her husband Joe.
Books:George and Lizzie, July 2018
A Gay and Melancholy Sound, April 2012
Book Lust to Go, October 2010
More Book Lust, April 2005