Nancy Pearl is “America’s librarian.” She regularly speaks about the value of reading at libraries and library conferences, and for literacy organizations and community groups. Nancy can be found on KUOW in Seattle, KWGS in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin Public Radio talking about books and reading. Her monthly television show, Book Lust with Nancy Pearl, on the Seattle Channel 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 PNW 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". If the library world has a rock star - Nancy Pearl is it.
Nancy is a best-selling author, librarian, literary critic, as well as a radio and television personality, 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.
MODERATED BY GLEN DIXON
Glenn Dixon's third book, Juliet's Answer(Simon & Schuster) has been published in eleven countries and translated into five languages including Chinese, Spanish and German. He was the 2014 writer-in-residence for the Vancouver International Writers Festival and his second book, Tripping the World Fantastic was shortlisted for the W.O. Mitchell award. He has traveled through more than 75 countries and written for the New Yorker, National Geographic magazine, the New York Post, Walrus magazine and the Globe and Mail. He lives In Calgary, Canada.
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Jillian Tamaki: Raised in Calgary and a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design, Jillian Tamaki’s illustrations have appeared in some of the world’s top publications, including The New Yorker and The Guardian. She won the Governor General’s Literary Award for her graphic novel This One Summer, as well as the Caldecott, Ignatz, and Printz prizes. They Say Blue is Jillian’s first picture book, a poetic exploration of colour and nature from a young child’s point of view. “This is a reminder to slow down, savor the present, notice small details, and relish childlike wonder,” writes the Kirkus Reviews. “Attuned to a child’s psychology and patterns of critical thinking, this visually stunning work is a must-purchase for libraries,” writes the School Library Journal.
MODERATED BY VIVEK SHRAYA
Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work includes several albums, films, and books. Vivek’s 2017 album with Queer Songbook Orchestra, Part-Time Woman, was included in CBC’s Best Canadian Albums of 2017. Her first book of poetry, even this page is white, won a 2017 Publisher Triangle Award and was longlisted for CBC’s Canada Reads. Her debut novel, She of the Mountains, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books, and her book I’m Afraid of Men will be out in Fall 2018 (Penguin Canada). Vivek has read and performed internationally at shows, festivals and post-secondary institutions, including sharing the stage with Tegan & Sara. She is one half of the music duo Too Attached and the founder of the publishing imprint VS. Books. A four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, Vivek was a 2016 Pride Toronto Grand Marshal, and has received honours from the Toronto Arts Foundation and The Writers’ Trust of Canada. Vivek is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.
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