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Author Nancy Pearl to address Lupton Library Series

Nancy Pearl will present “The Pleasures and Perils of a Life Devoted to Reading” at the Fourth Annual Lupton Library Author Series on March 3, 7 p.m. in the University Center Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Pearl is the former director of the Washington Center for the Book and Youth Services at the Seattle Public Library. She now writes, reviews books for both local and national publications, and speaks to library and community groups across the country.

“This lecture would be of interest to English majors, humanities majors, people who love books, literature and reading, area librarians and teachers,” according to Steven Cox, Special Collections Librarian of the UTC Lupton Library.

Pearl reviews books regularly on KUOW, the Seattle affiliate of National Public Radio, and recommends books on NPR's Morning Edition. She is the author of Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason (Sasquatch Books, 2003); Now Read This: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction, 1978 - 1998 (Libraries Unlimited, 1999) and Now Read This II: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction, 1990-2001 (Libraries Unlimited, 2002).

She received her library degree in 1967 from the University of Michigan. Among her many honors and awards are:

  • the 2004 Women's National Book Award, presented by the Women's National Book Association, awarded to "a living American woman who derives part or all of her income from books and allied arts, and who has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation."
  • the Brava Award from the Seattle Women’s University Club, recognizing “women of exceptional ability in the Greater Seattle Area,”
  • the 2004 Louis Shores Greenwood Publishing Group Award for excellence in the reviewing of books and other materials for libraries
  • the 2004 Media and Communications Award from the Ontario, Canada, Library Association
  • the 2003 Humanities Washington Award, “which recognizes an individual or organization whose time and talents enlarge the meaning of the humanities in our lives and whose work reflects the spirit and programs of Humanities Washington”
  • and the Public Library Association’s 2001 Allie Beth Martin Award, which “recognizes a public librarian demonstrating a range and depth of knowledge about books and other library materials and the distinguished ability to share that knowledge.”
Pearl also was named the Totem Business and Professional Women’s “1998 Woman of Achievement” 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 is the model for the Librarian Action Figure, available throughout the world.

February 18, 2005

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