Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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What's librarian Nancy Pearl reading?

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Nancy Pearl

How many librarians have had an action figure made in their likeness? The only one we know of is Nancy Pearl, a Washington state resident and librarian extraordinaire known for her commentary on NPR's Morning Edition. Among her many awards are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. And what about that action figure? After Pearl released Book Lust in 2003, the Seattle company Accoutrements created the toy in her likeness to be sold in its store, Archie McPhee.

What's on your nightstand?

Heartstone by C.J. Sandsom. It's a historical mystery set during Henry VIII's day. This is the last one in his series. They are quite long and very detailed about life and times of England.

What drew you back to Sandsom?

The main character is a hunchback lawyer who practices in London. You just get very attached to him. I've always been drawn to historical fiction, but what I really like about this author is how he brings to life the setting.

Do you have recommendations to encourage reluctant adult readers to keep reading?

Die Trying by Lee Child. It's fast moving. But, often it's not necessarily that an adult is reluctant, it's more that they walk into a library with one or two books in mind, and it's books that friends told them about, and those books, chances are, will not be on the shelf because other people have gotten there first. We don't want that person to walk out of the library without any books.

Piper Castillo, Times staff writer

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