OPB’s Baer interviews Nancy Pearl in Nehalem

Nancy Pearl is known as “America's librarian.”

Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “State of Wonder” comes to the North Coast at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. April Baer will interview Nancy Pearl at the North County Recreation District Performing Arts Center. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Manzanita Writers’ Series and the North Tillamook Library Friends.

Pearl is a well-known National Public Radio contributor and has been called “America’s librarian.” Renowned for her keen sense of humor and her witty insights, she will discuss the need for books and libraries and how books can change our minds, hearts and actions.

In Seattle, Pearl started the first citywide book club called “If All Seattle Read The Same Book,” a program that became a national movement: the One City, One Book program. She is known for “Book Lust,” a compilation of her favorite reads. She recently published her first novel, “George & Lizzie.”

Pearl hosts a monthly Seattle television show “Book Lust.” A regular commentator about books on NPR’s Morning Edition and NPR affiliate stations KUOW in Seattle and KWGS in Tulsa, she was named 2011 Librarian of the Year by Library Journal. In 2004, she became the 50th winner of the Women’s National Book Association Award for her extraordinary contribution to the world of books.

Baer hosts the weekly radio arts show, “State of Wonder,” on OPB, covering how art is made and experienced. Prior to this assignment, she worked as a reporter and was the local host of “Morning Edition” at OPB.

A book signing follows the talk. Admission is $25; tickets are available hoffmanarts.org, or from library board members and Manzanita Writers’ Series volunteers. NCRD Performing Arts Center is at 36155 Ninth St. in Nehalem. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

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