Meeting Nancy Pearl

Nancy Pearl sat in my booth at PLA (in Minneapolis) for a half-hour, and it was a great, but brief, opportunity to meet her after having interviewed her (by e-mail) for a story here in LISNews in August of 2005.

Aside from her encyclopedic knowledge of books and reading, Nancy is just a great, down to earth person whom would anyone would want to have for a best friend/aunt/neighbor. She is truly devoted to getting the word out on reading, and although her schedule rivals many world leaders, she has a wonderful inner calm and relaxed manner. For that matter, she should be a world leader.

She was accessible to everyone, even the devotee who insisted she sign her action-figure doll with a sharpie. In the half-hour she was in the booth, she must have had person to person talks with at least 20 people, signed a dozen autographs, took a dozen photos and still had time to talk with me about travel, husbands, and of course what I've been reading, Vilhelm Moberg's saga of the Swedes voyage to America published in the 1950's, The Emigrants. Not exactly on Oprah's list, but she'd read it.

Thanks to all of you who came by with the magic words "birdie sent me". Enjoy your cards! If you're interested in seeing more pictures of Nancy and the In My Book booth, check out my flickr page.

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