Conversations with Authors - Nancy Pearl & Jeff Schwager (Virtual Event)

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 4:00pm


Wednesday, September 30th • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

Nancy Pearl & Jeff Schwager

in conversation with Andrew Sean Greer

Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us throughout the week at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET for a new chat with a different author.


Nancy Pearl and Jeff Schwager’s new book, The Writer’s Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives is an inspiring collection of interviews with America’s most notable and influential writers, conversations about the books that shaped them and inspired them to leave their own literary mark.

Nancy 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 bestselling 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 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.

Andrew Sean Greer is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of six works of fiction, including the bestsellers The Confessions of Max Tivoli and Less. He has taught at a number of universities, including the Iowa Writers Workshop, been a TODAY show pick, a New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellow, a judge for the National Book Award, and a winner of the California Book Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. Andrew is the recipient of a NEA grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He lives in San Francisco.


Below, please find links to purchase their books.



The Writer's Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062968500
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Published: HarperOne - September 8th, 2020


More Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason Cover Image
ISBN: 9781570614354
Availability: Special Order
Published: Sasquatch Books - April 12th, 2005

Whether you’re searching for the perfect read for yourself or for a friend, More Book Lust offer eclectic recommendations unlike those in any other reading guide available.

George and Lizzie: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501162909
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Published: Touchstone - July 17th, 2018

From “America’s librarian” and NPR books commentator Nancy Pearl comes an emotional, “Anne-Tyler-esque” (Library Journal) debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads.

George and Lizzie are a couple, meeting as college students and marrying soon after graduation, but no one would ever describe them of being soulmates.

Book Lust To Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781570616501
Availability: Special Order
Published: Sasquatch Books - August 31st, 2010

Adventure is just a book away as bestselling author Nancy Pearl returns with recommended reading for more than 120 destinations — both worldly and imagined — around the globe.

Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason Cover Image
ISBN: 9781570613814
Availability: Special Order
Published: Sasquatch Books - August 12th, 2003

What to read next is every book lover's greatest dilemma. Nancy Pearl comes to the rescue with this wide-ranging and fun guide to the best reading new and old. Pearl, who inspired legions of litterateurs with "What If All (name the city) Read the Same Book," has devised reading lists that cater to every mood, occasion, and personality.

Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316316132
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (The New York Times Book Review).

National Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017

The Confessions of Max Tivoli: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312423810
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador - February 1st, 2005

"We are each the love of someone's life." So begins The Confessions of Max Tivoli, a heartbreaking love story with a narrator like no other.