Book Lust with Nancy Pearl

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About Book Lust with Nancy Pearl

Seattle's own "action figure librarian" and best-selling author Nancy Pearl sits down each month with top writers from around the country for conversations about books and the process and art of writing. There's no one better qualified than Nancy to discuss books and writing, bringing an informed reader's perspective to lively conversation and in-depth dialogs about all things literary. Book Lust with Nancy Pearl is filmed at the University Bookstore in Seattle.

Nancy Pearl, author of the best-selling Book Lust, creator of the internationally recognized program, If All of Seattle Read the Same Book, and model for the world-famous Archee McPhee "Librarian Action Figure", is host of Book Lust with Nancy Pearl on the Seattle Channel. Nancy is a longtime freelance contributor to Booklist magazine and formerly served as director of the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library. Visit Nancy's website at to learn more about Nancy and her most recently recommended books.

Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Betsy Hanson
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Betsy Hanson

After her novel was rejected by a number of traditional publishers, Seattle author Betsy Hanson decided to go the independent route and self-publish her first novel "Always Gardenia." Hanson recounts her path to becoming a successful self-published author, discusses writing craft and shares her love for the midcentury English novelist Barbara Pym with host Nancy Pearl. With nods to the wry comedic sensibility of Pym and her respect for the role of "trivialities" in human life, "Always Gardenia" combines laugh-out-loud moments with wise reflections on friendships, families, and loss, as well as the complex relationship between mothers and their grown sons.