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 Featuring Jamie Harrison
Jamie Harrison, author of "The Center of Everything," says each novel is some unexpected blend of autobiography and fiction, and this one is no different. She chats with host Nancy Pearl about her favorite comfort reads of the past year and the mystery novel she won't even share with her agent... yet.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Marina Endicott
Marina Endicott, author of 'The Voyage of the Morning Light,' shares the heartbreaking injustice that triggered the novel's plot and why she felt compelled to tell the story from a perspective of a skeptically open-minded little sister. Though the book largely takes place on a sea voyage in 1912, Endicott talks with Book Lust host Nancy Pearl about her own travels and research, which taught her about those injustices and their ties to the ones we're still fighting today.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Natalie Zina Walschots
Natalie Zina Walschots connects the dots between video games, poetry, and her new novel "Hench" with host Nancy Pearl. The book follows the plight of Anna, a supervillain's henchperson who's just trying to pay the rent. Walschots says she waited and waited for someone to tell the evil sidekick's story, but "slowly came to the terrible realization" that the responsibility fell to her. She shares how sci-fi and fantasy in all forms provided the perfect escapism for the self-proclaimed nerd, and how poetry served the opposite, but equally necessary function.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Kathleen Flenniken
Book Lust host Nancy Pearl chats with poet Kathleen Flenniken. In the interview, the former Washington State Poet Laureate opens up about her experience traveling to every county in the state to share her love of poetry with elementary students. Plus, Kathleen reveals how she dove into reading and writing poetry in her early 30s, and how the craft has shaped her life.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Simon Stephenson
Nancy Pearl interviews Simon Stephenson about his new novel "Set My Heart to Five." The book stars Jared, a robot who works as a dentist in Michigan but discovers he has emotions (even though he's not supposed to) and dreams of becoming a Hollywood screenwriter. They discuss how he got the idea for the story, what it's like to write a laugh-out-loud book that some people won't find funny, and the merits of the word "heartwarming" and whether it accurately describes this novel.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl Featuring Nancy Pearl!
In this special episode of Book Lust, Folio librarian Lillian Dabney interviews Book Lust host Nancy Pearl and co-author Jeff Schwager about the new book "The Writer's Library." The new book is an intimate, moving, and insightful collection of interviews with great literary figures. These literary legends, including Donna Tartt, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Andrew Sean Greer, Laila Lalami, and Michael Chabon, reveal the books that made them think, brought them joy, and changed their lives.