Ann Arbor Book Festival Special Appearance: Nancy Pearl, Librarian, Author and Action Figure

This event was held on May 14, 2006 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Nancy Pearl, retired executive director of the Washington Center for the Book, is the model for, believe it or not, a new librarian action figure. She is also the author of Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason and its sequel, More Book Lust. Ms. Pearl will explain how her love of reading was fostered, how she became an author and why (why?!), she is now an action figure. A booksigning will follow with books (and action figures) available for purchase, courtesy of Shaman Drum Bookshop.

In her two novel guides to finding the right book for the right mood, Nancy Pearl describes, in a humor-filled and engaging manner, her hundred-or-so favorite titles--and why you should read them. In addition to her Book Lust titles, she has penned Now Read This: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction, 1978 - 1998 and Now Read This II: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction, 1990-2001. She also reviews books for local and national publications, and speaks to library and community groups full-time. Ms. Pearl reviews books regularly on KUOW, the Seattle affiliate of National Public Radio, as well as Wisconsin and Tulsa public radio stations. Among her many honors and awards are the 2004 Brava Award from Women's University Club in Seattle, the 2003 Humanities Washington Award, the Public Library Association's 2001 Allie Beth Martin Award, the 2004 Louis Shores Greenwood Publishing Group Award for excellence in the reviewing of books and other materials for libraries; and the 2004 Media and Communications Award from the Ontario, Canada, Library Association. Ms. Pearl also was named the Totem Business and Professional Women's "1998 Woman of Achievement" award and received the 1997 Open Book Award from the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference. In 1998, Library Journal named her Fiction Reviewer of the Year. She received her library degree in 1967 from the University of Michigan.

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