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Rockstar Librarian Nancy Pearl on Her Debut Novel, “George and Lizzie”

Seattle is the kind of town where the phrase “rockstar librarian” is used without irony and raises no eyebrows. So it should be no surprise that, even after the last-hurrah-of-summer debauchery of Labor Day Weekend, Seattle’s own world-famous librarian Nancy Pearl filled the house to overflowing for a reading from her debut novel, George and Lizzie. (You may know her from Book Lust and More Book Lust -- she even has her own action figure.) I was lucky enough to be invited to the pre-event reception, where book lovers enjoyed wine and snacks and a special talk by Nancy Pearl. [...]

September 7th, 2017|

Are You a Girl Detective in Disguise?

Then let's solve some cases! Sometimes a lady just has to take matters into her own hands and investigate the mystery herself, be it a shady spouse, a sinister family secret, or a suspicious death. So here are some of our favorite books featuring girl detectives! Our featured sleuths range from former teen girl detectives to amateur crime-fighting adults, but they’re all tough, dedicated, and intent on justice. Pistols and Petticoats: 175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction: 175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction Author: Erika Janik If you’ve always dreamed of donning a trenchcoat and solving [...]

October 4th, 2016|

Celebrate Banned Books Week 2016 with Transgender Books

Banned Books Week 2016 is Sept. 25 through Oct. 1, 2016. Surprisingly, many of 2015’s most frequently challenged books aren’t particularly new — Looking for Alaska (2006), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2004), and Fun Home (2007) are all around a decade old, and the Bible has been around for a few years too. One theme seems to be books on transgender issues. Two of the more recent titles on the 2015 list are books for children and young adults about what it means to be transgender — although they’re helpful for readers of any age who [...]

September 26th, 2016|Tags: , |