June 22, 2018

Nancy Pearl Wins WNBA Award

By LJ Staff

Nancy Pearl’s kudos continue: The Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) has bestowed its 2004/05 award on the librarian and LJ‘s The Reader’s Shelf columnist for her "extraordinary contributions to the world of books." Those contributions include 11 years as director of the Seattle Public Library’s Washington Center for the Book, the writing of the top-selling volume Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason (Sasquatch, 2003), and hosting a weekly radio show on KUOW-FM (94.9) in Seattle plus numerous guest appearances on National Public Radio. During her tenure at Seattle Public, Pearl, who recently retired to write full time, set the benchmark for city-wide reading programs with the introduction of the If All Seattle Reads the Same Book, which has been copied by numerous communities nationwide. Pearl’s Book Lust volume recently was morphed into a calendar–while she herself was morphed into a librarian action figure–and a sequel titles More Book Lust is scheduled for May 2005. She will receive her prize at a January ceremony at the Library on Congress and be honored again June 2 by the WNBA’s New York City chapter on the eve of BookExpo America.