Nancy Pearl
Yes, she's a real person!

Occupation: Librarian

Weapon of Choice:
The Dewey Decimal System

Mission: To promote and celebrate the written word.

Accomplishments: Director of Library Programming and the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library. Nancy is best known for the, "If All Seattle Read The Same Book" project. This idea of one city reading the same book at the same time has been imitated in cities around the world. She is a book reviewer for the Seattle Times, Booklist, Library Journal, KUOW-FM Seattle, and KWGS-FM Tulsa.

Awards: 2003 Washington Humanities Award, 2001 Allie Beth Martin Award from the American Library Association, 1998 Library Journal's Fiction Reviewer
of the Year.

Education: Masters Degree in Library Sciences from the University of Michigan.

Interesting Fact: Decided to become a librarian at the age of 10.

Books Written:

Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason

Now Read This: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction, 1978 - 1998

Now Read This II: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction, 1990 - 2001.

Favorite Books:

The Brothers K
The Prince of Tides
Searching for Caleb
The Eyre Affair
A Gay and Melancholy Sound

The Best and the Brightest
Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War
Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World
The Liars' Club
Into Thin Air.
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A recent email to Nancy:

The only damage my office sustained (3rd floor in Admin. for the San Luis Obispo City-County Libraries) in the California earthquake yesterday (12/22/03) was that my Nancy Pearl action figure fell into my Zen garden (see attached). We thought about adding a book on earthquake awareness digitally to the photo...

The role of a librarian is to make sense of the world of information. If that's not a qualification for superhero-dom, what is?
- Nancy Pearl

What can I say?
Librarians rule.
- Regis Philbin

Our whole American way of life is a great war of ideas, and librarians are the arms dealers selling weapons to both sides.
-James Quinn

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
-Jorge Luis Borges

In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us how to swim.
-Linton Weeks

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