Book Lust with Nancy Pearl

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About Book Lust with Nancy Pearl

Seattle's own "action figure librarian," best-selling author, and literary critic Nancy Pearl sits down each month with authors, poets, and other literary figures for conversations about books, reading, and the process and art of writing. There's no one better qualified than Nancy, who brings an informed reader's perspective to lively conversation and in-depth dialogs about all things literary.

Nancy Pearl, author of the best-selling "Book Lust" series, creator of the internationally recognized program "If All of Seattle Read the Same Book" (which became "Seattle Reads"), and model for the world-famous Archee McPhee "Librarian Action Figure," is host of Book Lust with Nancy Pearl on the Seattle Channel.

Book Lust with Nancy Pearl: Jennifer Habel, Chris Bachelder
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl: Jennifer Habel, Chris Bachelder
The novel "Dayswork," by the married duo Jennifer Habel and Chris Bachelder, follows a woman navigating the pandemic while using the life of "Moby-Dick" author Herman Melville to examine her own. The pair acknowledges that pitching the book's "strange form and...strange subject matter" to their agent posed a challenge. Despite their concerns, the "Melville Vortex" that captivated the couple had apparently ensnared others in the industry as well and they found an enthusiastic response. On the latest episode of Book Lust with host Nancy Pearl, the couple discusses their journey to the renowned author, their decision not to defend his complex reputation, and their plans for future collaborative writing projects.