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Check out ‘America’s Librarian’ in Nehalem

Published on October 10, 2018 10:17AM

Nancy Pearl in the flesh...

Nancy Pearl in the flesh...

...and in action figure form

...and in action figure form

Tickets are now on sale for an event that will see Oregon Public Broadcasting presenter April Baer interview “America’s Librarian” Nancy Pearl in Nehalem on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Baer, the host of OPB’s “State of Wonder,” will sit down with Pearl at the NCRD Performing Arts Center in a fund-raiser for the Manzanita Writers’ Series and the North Tillamook Library Friends.

As well as being a well-known National Public Radio contributor, Pearl achieved notoriety after having a Librarian Action Figure modeled in her likeness. She has become a rock star among readers and the tastemaker people turn to when deciding what to read next.

Pearl will discuss the need for books and libraries and how books can change minds, hearts and actions.

“This is not original to me,” Pearl said, “but our leaders need to be readers, because God help us if they’re not.”

Pearl hosts a monthly Seattle television show, “Book Lust,” and is a regular commentator about books on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and NPR affiliate stations KUOW in Seattle and KWGS in Tulsa. She was named 2011 Librarian of the Year by Library Journal and, in 2004, became the 50th winner of the Women’s National Book Association Award for her extraordinary contribution to the world of books.

In Seattle, Pearl started the first citywide book club called If All Seattle Read The Same Book, which became a national movement: the One City, One Book program. She is known for “Book Lust,” a compilation of her favorite reads, along with follow-up books “Book Crush” and “Book Lust to Go.” She recently published her first novel, “George & Lizzie.”

April Baer hosts the weekly radio arts show “State of Wonder” on OPB, covering how art is made and experienced. Prior to this assignment, she worked as a reporter and was the local host of “Morning Edition” at OPB.

The Oct. 20 event, hosted by the Manzanita Writers’ Series, will start at 7 pm at the NCRD Performing Arts Center at 36155 9th Street in Nehalem. Doors open at 630 pm.

After the event, there will be an opportunity to purchase Pearl’s books and get them signed.

Admission for the evening is $25. Tickets are available online at hoffmanarts.org.

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