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Nancy Pearl Discusses Why Books and Libraries Matter More Than Ever

April 17, 2018

Calgary, AB – Nancy Pearl, the bestselling author and renowned librarian who has her own action figure, is coming to Calgary. On April 25, Calgary Public Library will host Pearl at Central Library’s John Dutton Theatre for a free discussion on Pearl’s work and why books and libraries matter more than ever in a post-truth society. If the library world has a rock star – Nancy Pearl is it.

The engaging evening will include the Canadian launch of Pearl’s charming first novel, George & Lizzie, as well as a conversation between Pearl and Chad Saunders, whose voice many Calgarians will recognize from his former radio role at CJSW.

Pearl — hailed as “America’s Librarian” — has been inspiring and shaping reading tastes for decades through her Book Lust series and NPR commentary. She also created the internationally recognized “One City, One Book” program in Seattle, which Calgary Public Library adopted in 2010 with Aritha van Herk’s Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta. First and foremost, though, Pearl is a reader who has spent her life promoting reading as one of the greatest experiences anyone can have. “I’m thrilled to be in Calgary to discuss my book and explore the critical importance of reading, truth and literacy in our world today,” Pearl shared.

“We are so excited to have Nancy Pearl join us for a rare Canadian event,” says Bill Ptacek, Calgary Public Library CEO. “Her tremendous expertise has already informed various Calgary Public Library features, including staff training and program design. Now all Calgarians have an opportunity to hear Nancy Pearl’s important message about the power of books and libraries.”

The free program An Evening with Nancy Pearl takes place Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Central Library’s John Dutton Theatre.

Calgary Public Library

Calgary Public Library, with 630,000+ members and 20 locations, has been inspiring the life stories of Calgarians for more than 100 years. It is currently the second largest library system in Canada and the sixth largest municipal library system in North America, with Calgarians borrowing more than 14.6 million physical and digital items and with 6.8 million in-person visits last year. The awe-inspiring 240,000 sq. ft. New Central Library — the newest gathering place for our city — opens in November 2018.

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Media Contact:
Mary Kapusta
Director, Communications
Calgary Public Library

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