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Powell's Books Presents Nancy Pearl & Jeff Schwager in Conversation With Laurie Frankel
Before Jennifer Egan, Louise Erdrich, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Jonathan Lethem became revered authors, they were readers. In their ebullient new book, THE WRITER’S LIBRARY (HarperOne), America’s favorite librarian Nancy Pearl and noted playwright Jeff Schwager interview a diverse range of America's most notable and influential writers about the books that shaped them and inspired them to leave their own literary mark. THE WRITER’S LIBRARY is a revelatory exploration of the studies, libraries, and bookstores of today’s favorite authors (including Donna Tartt, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Andrew Sean Greer, Laila Lalami, and Michael Chabon) — the creative artists whose imagination and sublime talent make America's literary scene the wonderful, dynamic world it is. A love letter to books and a celebration of wordsmiths, THE WRITER’S LIBRARY is a treasure for anyone who has been moved by the written word. Pearl and Schwager will be joined in conversation by contributor Laurie Frankel, author of This Is How It Always Is.

Sep 10, 2020 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Nancy Pearl
Nancy Pearl regularly speaks about the importance and pleasure of reading at libraries, literacy organizations, and community groups around the world. She can be found on NPR’s Morning Edition and KWGS-FM in Tulsa, Oklahoma talking about her favorite books. Her monthly television show on the Seattle Channel, Book Lust with Nancy Pearl, features interviews with authors, poets, and other literary figures. Among her many honors are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. Nancy is the creator of the internationally recognized program If All of Seattle Read the Same Book, and was the inspiration for the Archee McPhee "Librarian Action Figure." Nancy is a best-selling author, librarian, and literary critic, but first and foremost, she is a reader and has spent her life promoting reading as one of the most beneficial and joyful experiences anyone can have.
Jeff Schwager
Jeff Schwager is a Seattle-based journalist and playwright. Book-It Repertory Theatre produced his adaptation of Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson in 2013. The following year, the company's five-hour stage version of his adaptation of Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay won Theatre Puget Sound's Gregory Award for Outstanding Production. He lives on Queen Anne Hill, in a Craftsman house built in 1913, with his partner, Megan, and his pug, Edgar.
Laurie Frankel
Laurie Frankel is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of four novels, The Atlas of Love, Goodbye for Now, This Is How It Always Is, winner of the Washington State Book Award, and, coming in May 2021, One Two Three. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Publisher’s Weekly, People Magazine, Lit Hub, The Sydney Morning Herald, and other publications. Laurie lives in Seattle with her husband, daughter, and border collie. She makes good soup.