Monday, March 29, 2010

Nancy Pearl interview in this month's Council Chronicle

"Life's too short to read a book you don't love. At age 50 or younger, give a book 50 pages to see if you like it. Over 50, subtract your age from 100, and that's the number of pages to read before you bail on a book you're not enjoying. And when you turn 100, you get to judge a book by its cover!"--Nancy Pearl

I have to admit--my ultimate goal in life is to have my own action figure. As far as I know, however, only one librarian is actually cool enough for that honor*: Nancy Pearl.

Pearl is the author of the Book Lust series of reading recommendations (good books listed for "every mood, moment and reason) and the founder, in 1998, of the program "If All Seattle Read the Same Book," which has since been adapted for cities, communities and schools across the nation. She has a call-in radio show for NPR and a Book Lust television show on And, yes, she's a blogging librarian, too, posting book reviews on

You can check out an interview with Nancy Pearl in the March 2010 issue of the NCTE Council Chronicle, available in our serials section on the second floor of the library.

*No, come to think of it--I know several librarians who are so cool they SHOULD have their own action figures: Michael, Karen and Joel to name a few!

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