Join the discussion! Who is Nancy Pearl?

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September 1, 2005 by J. Johnson

Nancy PearlUnless you have been living under a rock, if you are a librarian, the name “Nancy Pearl” should sound familiar. Not only is she the model for a 5-inch librarian action figure, but she is also the author of Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason, published in 2003, and More Book Lust, released in 2005, two books in which Pearl recommends book titles, grouped in chapters with headings like “Horror for Sissies” and “Good Reading from the Government (Really!).” Pearl is the
recipient of the 2004 Women’s National Book Award.

Pearl is also the inspiration for One Book, Five Landscapes, Six Partners, Endless Possibilities, the joint project of Kent State School of Library and Information Science

(KSU-SLIS), Ohio Library Council (OLC), Ohio Public Library Information Network
(OPLIN), OHIONET, Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), and State Library of
Ohio (SLO).

In 1998, when Nancy Pearl was executive director of the Washington Center for the
Book at the Seattle Public Library, she pioneered the idea of having everyone in a
city read the same book at the same time and then meet for discussion groups. She called the campaign a “City Read” and her model was copied successfully, first in Buffalo
and Rochester and then, to much acclaim, in Chicago and in other cities and towns
around the country. Now Ohio has successfully used this model! For information about joining the dialogue of the One Book, Five Landscapes, Six Partners, Endless Possibilities Project blog, e-mail Bev Adair at OLC at badair AT

Visit Nancy Pearl’s Web site for Nancy’s book recommendations!


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