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Nancy Pearl to visit Orcas

July 5, 2013 · Updated 11:38 AM

If you'd like your summer reading to take you off the beaten path, Librarian Nancy Pearl is here to help.

Everyone’s go-to books guru will be revealing “under the radar” reads –books she thinks deserve more attention than they've been getting. She will also recommend some great summer reads.

Pearl will speak on Wednesday, July 10 at 3 p.m. in the Victorian Room at the Outlook Inn in Eastsound.

She is a regular book commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition and NPR affiliate stations KUOW in Seattle and KWGS in Tulsa.

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, 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, Pearls’ 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, even inspiring a similar event on Orcas.  The former director of the Washington Center for the Book, Pearl celebrates the written word by speaking at bookstores and libraries across the country and on her monthly television program “Book Lust” on the Seattle Channel.

In 2004, Pearl became the 50th winner of the Women’s National Book Association Award for her extraordinary contribution to the world of books. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Joe.

This event is sponsored by the Orcas Island Library and The Friends of the Library, and is free of charge.  There will be a chance to purchase books and have them autographed by Pearl and one lucky attendee will receive a surprise gift.

For more info, contact Kathleen Lunde at the library, 376-4985.


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