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Book Lust with Nancy Pearl
Seattle's own "action figure librarian" and best-selling author Nancy Pearl sits down each month with top writers from around the country for conversations about books and the process and art of writing. There's no one better qualified than Nancy to discuss books and writing, bringing an informed reader's perspective to lively conversation and in-depth dialogs about all things literary. Book Lust with Nancy Pearl is filmed monthly at the University Bookstore in Seattle.  More information about this show

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Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Peter Mountford 11/6/2014
Seattle author Peter Mountford revisits his early career as a policy analyst intern with a think tank, which ultimately led to his experience living in South America and a career writing finance-driven novels. He discusses his latest novel, The Dismal Science, a New York Times editor`s pick and described by The Seattle Times as “a dark brew of angst and economics.” Mountford`s debut novel, A Young Man`s Guide to Late Capitalism, won the 2012 Washington State Book Award in Fiction. A writer-in-residence at Seattle`s Hugo House, Mountford talks about his approach to helping writers improve their craft.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Lyanda Lynn Haupt 10/7/2014
Naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt, award-winning author of The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild and other books, describes how her studies of philosophy have informed her interest in the natural world.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Brad Craft 9/4/2014
Brad Craft, used book buyer at Seattle`s University Book Store, discusses how to judge if a book is valuable, whether collectors are necessarily readers, and the books on his personal bookshelves.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Sarah Bird 8/7/2014
Prolific novelist Sarah Bird talks with Nancy about how her childhood as a military "brat" has provided the kernel of many of her books, especially The Yakota Officers Club and her newest, Above the East China Sea.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Haroon Ullah 7/10/2014
Nancy and Haroon discuss how he came to write The Bargain from the Bazaar and how the family described in the book symbolizes the complexities of modern day Pakistan. He also talks about growing up South Asian just east of the Cascades in Richland, Washington.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring David Laskin 5/19/2014
David Laskin, well-reviewed nonfiction writer and frequent contributor to the N.Y. Times, talks to Nancy about his newest, most personal work yet, The Family: Three Journeys Into the Heart of the Twentieth Century.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Carol Cassella 5/8/2014
Physician, best-selling writer (her third novel, Gemini, was published in March 2014), wife, and mother to four teenagers, Carol Cassella discusses how she balances these different aspects as of her life.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Robert Schenkkan 4/10/2014
Robert Schenkkan won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for The Kentucky Cycle, a series of 9 one-act plays; he talks here about his newest play, All the Way, the story of Lyndon Johnson`s first year as president.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Laurie Halse Anderson 3/6/2014
Critically acclaimed and very popular with both teen and adult audiences, Laurie Halse Anderson talks with Nancy about writing novels that explore difficult and delicate issues that can accompany adolescence.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Drego Little 1/21/2014
Drego Little, a literature teacher at Rainier Scholars (an educational program serving students of color over an 11-year journey from 6th grade to college) talks about getting kids excited about books and reading.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Jon Cohen 12/18/2013
Novelist and screenwriter Jon Cohen discusses the differences in writing these two distinct types of fiction, as well as experiences in his own life that found their way into his novel The Man in the Window.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Joseph Janes 12/9/2013
Dr. Joseph W. Janes, head of the MLIS (Masters in Library Science) program at the University of Washington`s Information School, talks with Nancy about the future of books, reading, and the fate of libraries.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Billy Collins 11/12/2013
Two time U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins discusses the origins of his love of poetry, his favorite poets, and the place of poetry in contemporary society.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Daniel James Brown 10/3/2013
Brown describes the unusual background and wide-ranging research done for his 3rd work of non-fiction, the best-selling The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Deirdre McNamer 9/12/2013
Montana author Deirdre McNamer talks with Nancy Pearl about her recently reissued novel One Sweet Quarrel, which follows the lives of three siblings during the first half of the 20th century. The tale includes the true story of a disastrous 1923 boxing match for the heavyweight title in Shelby, Montana. McNamer discusses the difficulties of novel-writing, the connections between her life and the novel`s characters and what it means to be a "Montana author."
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring The Business of Publishing 8/7/2013
Publishing specialists Jen Worick and Kerry Colburn discuss some of the significant changes in the publishing world, including self-publishing and promotion, as well as nuts and bolts issues like finding an agent.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Nathaniel Philbrick 5/22/2013
Nancy and National Book Award winner Nathaniel Philbrick discuss Bunker Hill, his newest work of narrative nonfiction, as well as earlier titles such as The Last Stand, Sea of Glory, and Why Read Moby-Dick.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Isabel Allende 4/25/2013
Best-selling writer Isabel Allende and host Nancy Pearl discuss her newest novel, Maya`s Notebook, set in both Chile and Berkeley; the role of magical realism in life and literature, and her writing practice.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Jacqueline Winspear 5/16/2013
Nancy and novelist Jacqueline Winspear discuss her best-selling series of mysteries featuring former housemaid, now detective, Maisie Dobbs, which all take place in England in the years following World War I.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Julia Quinn 4/11/2013
Best selling historical romance novelist Julia (Pottinger) Quinn -- a smart, ambitious Harvard graduate -- has created sharp and humorous heroines in over 30 plus books appearing 16 times on the NY Times best seller list.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Sydney Grace Armstrong 3/14/2013
Nancy talks to almost 12-year-old Sydney Grace Armstrong about books and reading, including what she looks for in a novel, the titles she loves best, reading aloud, and why she wants to be a writer herself.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Douglas Smith 2/7/2013
Historian Douglas Smith discusses his research methods, the type of history he most enjoys writing (and reading), and how his newest book, Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy, came to be.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Laurie Frankel 1/10/2013
Laurie Frankel discusses how she balances novel writing with family life, how she develops her novels` plots and characters, her creative process, and why it`s important it is for writers to also be readers.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Tim Egan 12/6/2012
National Book Award winner Tim Egan discusses his fascination with the life and times of Edward R. Curtis, the subject of Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, his newest work of nonfiction.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring G. Willow Wilson 11/15/2012
Host Nancy Pearl sits down with author G. Willow Wilson to discuss her memoir "The Butterfly Mosque," about her conversion to Islam and life in Egypt, as well as her elastic-realist first novel, "Alif the Unseen," written during the Arab Spring.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Paul Auster 10/11/2012
Paul Auster, author of New York Trilogy and other fiction and nonfiction, describes his new work Winter Journal as well as his ideas about how individual readers and writers collaborate in producing a book.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Rachel Hartman 9/13/2012
Rachel Hartman describes all the ups and downs involved in writing, rewriting, and eventually publishing her first novel, Seraphina, a fantasy for young adults.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Daniel Silva 8/16/2012
Over the course of 12 fast-paced and engrossing novels, readers get to know Gabriel Allon, novelist Daniel Silva`s series character, who is an undercover agent for the Israeli government.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Jim Lynch 7/12/2012
Olympia novelist Jim Lynch, who previously wrote The Highest Tide and Border Songs, describes researching and writing, Truth Like the Sun, which takes place both during the 1962 World`s Fair and 40 years later.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring John Irving 6/14/2012
Best-selling novelist John Irving discusses the subjects (bears, wrestling, gender identity) that have found their way into each one of his 13 books, from the first, Setting Free the Bears, to 2012`s In One Person.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Matt Ruff 5/10/2012
Host Nancy Pearl and Seattle author Matt Ruff discuss his newest novel The Mirage (an alternative history set in the years following 2001), how he blends story and ideas into his fiction, and the music he listens to as he writes his novels.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Lorraine McConaghy 4/12/2012
Lorraine McConaghy, the public historian at Seattle`s Museum of History & Industry talks about her newest book, New Land, North of the Columbia: Historic Documents That Tell the Story of Washington State from Territory to Today.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Richard Mason 3/15/2012
Born in South Africa, Richard Mason and his family moved to London when he was 10. He talks to Nancy Pearl about his four novels, his fascination with and innovative use of technology, and why he writes his novels in longhand.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Stewart O`Nan 2/9/2012
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Stewart O`Nan, author of, among other novels, Last Night at the Lobster; Emily, Alone; and The Odds, discusses his writing process and how he creates his characters.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Tamora Pierce 1/1/2012
Tamora Pierce, author of many fantasy novels for tweens and teens, talks about the future of speculative fiction, her future writing plans, and how important strong female heroines are to her plots.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Chris Van Allsburg 12/8/2011
Van Allsburg talks about the making of all of his books for children, including Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as how he encountered the drawings of the mysterious author and illustrator Harris Burdick.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Jeffrey Eugenides 11/10/2011
Almost a decade after his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Middlesex was published, Jeffrey Eugenides returns with a terrific coming-of-age novel that takes place mainly in Providence, RI, in the 1980s.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Edmund de Waal 10/13/2011
Nancy sits down with Edmund de Waal, a British ceramic artist and author of The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010). Edmund de Waal`s The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family`s Century of Art and Loss describes, in transfixing yet understated prose, the fate of his family and their collection of netsuke from the end of the 19th to the end of the 20th centuries.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Tatjana Soli 9/1/2011
Tatjana Soli discusses her research and writing techniques as she was working on The Lotus Eaters, her first novel, which is set during the Vietnam War.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Deborah Harkness 8/1/2011
Deborah Harkness, professor of history at USC, discusses how her studies in European history from 1400-1700, influenced the subject of her first novel, A Discovery of Witches.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring China Mieville 7/14/2011
China Mieville has written many science fiction novels, including his newest, Embassytown. He discusses his feelings about fiction genres, how he develops and writes his books, and some of his favorite books from his childhood.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Bob Dugoni 6/9/2011
Bob discusses his career, which began with his nonfiction book The Silent Canary and continued with his successful series featuring attorney David Sloane, including the challenges of writing a series, his life as a reader, and his goals as a writer.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Wesley Stace 5/12/2011
Wesley Stace talks about his twin careers: he`s both a singer/songwriter and a novelist, whose newest novel combines these two aspects: it`s the story of murder and mayhem among musicians in 1920s Britain.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Aminatta Forna 4/13/2011
Aminatta Forna shares her experiences writing The Memory of Love, a novel set in the aftermath of the Civil War in the 1990s in her native Sierra Leone.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Brenda Peterson 3/24/2011
Brenda Peterson, whose newest book is I Want to Be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here on Earth, discusses how her childhood upbringing has influenced her novels and memoirs.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Jonathan Evison 3/3/2011
Jonathan Evison talks about writing his Olympic Peninsula-based novel, West of Here, an epic tale of discovery and the relationship between man and nature, ranging from the late 19th century to the present.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Anu Garg 1/13/2011
Nancy interviews linguaphile supreme, Anu Garg, founder of A Word a Day, which the New York Times describes as "The most welcomed, most enduring piece of daily mass e-mail in cyberspace."
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Carl Hiaasen 12/15/2010
Despite (or perhaps because of) his deep concern about Florida`s ecology, Carl Hiaasen writes some of the funniest novels you`ll ever read.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Charles Johnson 11/11/2010
National Book Award winner - and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington - Charles Johnson talks about the difference between writing novels and short stories, whether or not creative writing can be taught, and the nature of reading.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Elinor Lipman 10/14/2010
Among other topics, charming and prolific novelist Elinor Lipman talks with Nancy about her feelings for the characters she invents, the definition of "light" fiction, and her writing process.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Rebecca Stead 9/9/2010
Rebecca Stead discusses what inspired her novel When You Reach Me, her own reading tastes, and what it was like to hear that she won the Newbery Award for this book.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl Web Extra: Rebecca Stead 9/9/2010
Enjoy even more questions with Rebecca Stead in this extended web only interview.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Justin Cronin 8/12/2010
Justin Cronin tells Nancy how the idea for his newest novel, The Passage, evolved, along with other tips on the art and craft of writing.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Stephenie Meyer 12/8/2007
Nancy Pearl`s guest is Stephenie Meyer, author of the bestselling young adult Twilight series, which chronicles the adventures of star-crossed lovers Edward Cullen and Bella Swan. The first book of the series, Twilight, tells the story of 17-year-old Bella Swan who moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father, and becomes drawn to Edward, a pale, mysterious classmate who seems determined to push her away. But neither can deny the attraction that pulls them together, even when Edward confides that he and his family are vampires. The Twilight series is a cultural phenomenon with a fanatic fanbase - more than 3.5 million copies of her three books have been sold worldwide.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Chang-rae Lee 7/1/2010
Chang-rae Lee talks with Nancy about his writing life, his newest novel, The Surrendered, as well as how he could write an emotionally wrenching novel without losing faith in humanity`s capacity for goodness.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl Web Extra: Chang-rae Lee 7/1/2010
Enjoy more questions and answers with Chang-rae Lee in this web only extra interview.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Laurie R. King 6/10/2010
Laurie R. King describes her inspiration and writing process in producing the award-winning Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series of mysteries.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl Web Extra: Laurie R. King 6/10/2010
Learn more about Laurie R. King with this web exclusive interview!
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Kirby Larson 5/13/2010
Host Nancy Peal interviews multiple-award winning author Kirby Larson about the art and craft of writing for children, focusing on her picture book “The Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival."
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl Web Extra: Kirby Larson 5/13/2010
Check out even more questions with Kirby Larson in this special web extra!
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Mary Guterson 4/8/2010
Mary Guterson`s trademark humor and smarts are on display here as she discusses her new novel, Gone to the Dogs.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl Web Extra: Mary Guterson 4/8/2010
Enjoy even more questions with Mary Guterson in this extended web only interview.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Mike Lawson 3/11/2010
Longtime Seattle resident Mike Lawson discusses his series of "inside the Beltway" thrillers, all featuring Joe DeMarco, who`s a fixer for the very powerful Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl Web Extra: Mike Lawson 3/11/2010
Learn more about author Mike Lawson from this web extra question set with Nancy Pearl.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Tracy Kidder 2/11/2010
Nancy`s guest is Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer Tracy Kidder. He discusses his new book, Strength in What Remains, and the remarkable young man from Burundi whose life it chronicles.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl Web Extra: Tracy Kidder 2/11/2010
A half-hour segment simply wasn`t enough to contain all the interesting questions Nancy had for author Tracy Kidder. Please enjoy this extended interview.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Paul Zelinsky 1/14/2010
Nancy`s guest is Paul O. Zelinsky, an American author and illustrator of children`s books. Zelinsky is one of the most highly acclaimed illustrators working today. He has received a Caldecott Medal for his telling of Rapunzel, and three Caldecott Honors, for Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, and Swamp Angel, which the New York Times Book Review called "in all ways superb." Zelinsky is noted not only for the richness and experimental nature of his artwork, but also for his versatility. As Zelinsky told Horn Book interviewers Sylvia and Kenneth Marantz, "I try to make the book talk, as it talks to me, and not worry whether it is in my style or not.... I get a kick out of doing each book differently."
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl Web Extra: Paul Zelinsky 1/14/2010
A half-hour segment simply wasn`t enough to contain all the interesting questions Nancy had for author and illustrator Paul Zelinsky. Please enjoy this extended interview as Paul answers Nancy`s questions through drawings.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Sarah Dunant 12/10/2009
Nancy`s guest this month is novelist Sarah Dunant. Dunant is the author of the international bestseller "The Birth of Venus", which has received major worldwide acclaim and "In the Company of the Courtesan". With the publication of "Sacred Hearts", she rounds out a Renaissance trilogy bringing voice to the lives of three different women in three different historical contexts. Sarah Dunant`s tireless research has resulted in vivid reconstructions of womens` secret histories in the characters of a Florentine Noblewoman, a Venetian Courtesan and the Sisters of Santa Caterina. Dunant has two daughters, and lives in London and Florence.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl Web Extra: Sarah Dunant 12/10/2009
A half-hour segment simply wasn`t enough to contain all the interesting questions Nancy had for historical fictionalist Sarah Dunant. Please enjoy this extended interview.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Paul Collins 11/13/2009
Host Nancy Pearl interviews Paul Collins, an author specializing in science writing, antiquarian literature, reviewing and memoir. His latest book is The Book of William: How Shakespeare`s First Folio Conquered the World. His past books include The Trouble with Tom: The Strange Afterlife and Times of Thomas Paine and Banvard`s Folly: Thirteen Tales of People Who Didn`t Change the World. His five books have appeared in eight languages. In addition to appearing regularly on NPR`s Weekend Edition as their "literary detective" on odd and forgotten old books, he edits the Collins Library imprint of McSweeney`s Books.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Craig Johnson 10/8/2009
Host Nancy Pearl interviews Craig Johnson, a mystery writer from Wyoming. Mr. Johnson has received both critical and popular praise for his novels The Cold Dish, Death Without Company, Kindness Goes Unpunished, Another Man`s Moccasins and The Dark Horse.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl Speed Questions: Craig Johnson 10/8/2009
For a little insight into Wyoming mystery writer Craig Johnson`s literary inspirations, follow along as Nancy Pearl asks him a lightning round of speed questions.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Michael Perry 9/10/2009
Nancy`s guest is Michael Perry, author of the bestselling memoirs Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, Truck: A Love Story, and Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting. Perry lives in rural Wisconsin.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Garth Stein 8/13/2009
Garth Stein's third novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, which is told from the perspective of Enzo, a dog with heart, was both a runaway best seller and was selected by Starbucks as its Summer Book Pick for 2008. called it "A fable with a heart that casts a sleeping spell on the readers' native cynicism and persuades us to dust off old questions about faith and humankind's better traits."
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Susan Wiggs 7/16/2009
Nancy Pearl's guest is bestselling author Susan Wiggs. Wiggs' historical romance novels have given her a reputation for being a consummate story teller with a gift for developing beautifully rendered characters. Publishers Weekly says, "Wiggs writes with refreshingly honest emotion," and Booklist characterizes her books as "real and true and unforgettable." In her latest novel, "Just Breathe", Wiggs keeps her reputation going with the story Sarah Moon, a succesful cartoonist whose world is turned upside down when she discovers that her five year marriage has gone wrong.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Azar Nafisi 6/11/2009
Host Nancy Pearl interviews bestselling memoirist Azar Nafisi about her memoir, Things I've Been Silent About. The book is a deeply personal reflection and exploration of a young girl's pain over family secrets and a mother's lost life, a young woman's discovery of the power of sensuality in literature, and the price a family pays for freedom in a country beset by political upheaval. Nafisi also wrote Reading Lolita in Tehran.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Dana Stabenow 5/13/2009
Nancy's guest is "New York Times" bestseller and Edgar Award winner Dana Stabenow. Stabenow is the author of sixteen Kate Shugak mysteries, four Liam Campbell mysteries, three science fiction novels, and two thrillers. Stabenow was born, raised, and lives in Alaska, which is the setting for many of her books.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Philip Gourevitch 4/8/2009
Nancy's guest is award-winning author Philip Gourevitch. Gourevitch is a staff writer for the New Yorker, where he has written several series of articles about the Rwandan genocide. In 1998, Gourevitch published his first book, "We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories From Rwanda," in which he explores the Rwandan tragedy in depth. He is the also editor of "The Paris Review" and author of "A Cold Case."
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring M. T. Anderson 3/12/2009
Nancy's guest is award-winning author M.T. Anderson. Anderson is the author of several books for children and young adults, including "The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation", an ultra-challenging, two-volume novel. Volume 1, "The Pox Party," won the 2006 National Book Award for Young People's Literature, and Volume 2, "The Kingdom On The Waves," was recently published to further acclaim. Anderson's novel "Feed" was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2002, and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Mark Siegel 2/12/2009
Nancy's guest is Mark Siegel, the editorial director of :01 First Second Books, which publishes graphic novels for all ages. Siegel's goal with :01 First Second, is to upgrade the editorial process and the art direction that go into making book-length comics. He has signed on talented storytellers, including prize-winning novelists and non-fiction writers, top playwrights and screenwriters. On the artistic side, he has also assembled an inspiring line-up of exceptional talents from all over the world. Siegel himself is an accomplished book illustrator. His books in print to date are "Seadogs, An Opic Ocean Operetta", "Long Night Moon", and "To Dance, A Ballerina's Graphic Novel."
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Stephen Carter 1/8/2009
Nancy`s guest is Stephen L. Carter, a professor of law at Yale University and one of the country`s leading black academics and novelists.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Gina Nahai 12/11/2008
Nancy's guest is best-selling author Gina Nahai. In her latest book, "Caspian Rain," Nahai explores the struggles of an Iranian family in the decade before the Islamic revolution. The story is narrated by twelve-year old Yaas, who spends her childhood navigating the many layers of Iranian society. Nahai is the author of Sunday's Silence, Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith (finalist for the Orange Prize), and Cry of the Peacock. She is also a contributing author to The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt, which won the 2005 Jewish Book Award. Her novels have been translated into sixteen languages and have been studied at a wide variety of educational establishments. Nahai's writings have appeared in many national publications and she has been a judge for the LA Times Book Awards. She is also a frequent lecturer on the politics of the Middle East and has guest hosted on NPR. She is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Southern California.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Lee Child 11/13/2008
Nancy's guest is British thriller writer Lee Child, who talks about his latest Jack Reacher story, Nothing to Lose. Child is the author of twelve Jack Reacher thrillers, including the New York Times bestsellers: Persuader, The Enemy, One Shot, The Hard Way, and Bad Luck and Trouble. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and Nero Awards for Best Novel. Child, a native of England and a former television director, lives in New York City, where he is at work on his thirteenth Jack Reacher thriller.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Brian Hall 10/9/2008
Nancy's guest is author Brian Hall, whose latest novel, "Fall of Frost," is a fictionalization of the life of poet Robert Frost (1874-1963). In "Fall of Frost," Hall presents a vision of Robert Frost as an unsuccessful farmer, tormented father, distanced husband and, most of all, a poet confronting the world and struggling to make sense, through his work, of what he cannot otherwise grasp. Like Frost's poetry, Hall's novel is deceptively simple and magnificently sad. Brian Hall is the author of three novels, including, "I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company," his acclaimed story of the Lewis and Clark expedition, as well as three works of nonfiction.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Susan Linn 9/11/2008
Nancy's guest this month is her sister (!) Dr. Susan Linn, whose new book, The Case for Make Believe, encourages parents to turn off the television, hide the computer games, and send their kids out to play. In an era when toys come from television and media companies sell videos as brain-builders for babies, Linn lays out the links between play, creativity, and health, showing us how and why to preserve space for make-believe in children's lives. Dr. Linn is Associate Director of the Media Center at Judge Baker Children's Center and Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is also co-founder and director of the coalition Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. Dr. Linn lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with her husband and daughter.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Susan Rich 8/7/2008
Nancy's guest this month is poet Susan Rich. Rich is the winner of the PEN USA Poetry Award as well as the Peace Corps Writers Poetry Award for The Cartographer's Tongue: Poems of the World. In her new book, Cures Include Travel, Rich's poems alternate between international themes -- the aftermath of civil war in Bosnia, the all but extinct Jewish community of Dublin, the life of a man living for over a decade in a Paris airport -- and subjects closer to home such as Nisqually 6.8, and Morning Meditation at the Alki Beach Cafe.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Geraldine Brooks 7/9/2008
Nancy's guest is Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks. Brooks, who won the Pulitzer for her novel March, has based her new novel, People of the Book, on the real-life adventures of a 14th century Hebrew codex known as the Sarajevo Haggadah. The manuscript, which surfaced in 1894, is a richly illuminated version of the narrative Jews around the world use at their Passover tables to tell the story of the Exodus. It caused uproar among art historians who had long believed that the Third Commandment had precluded the use of figurative art by medieval Jews. The story moves from Sarajevo in 1940, then back to late-19th-century Vienna, 15th-century Venice, Catalonia during the Spanish Inquisition and finally Seville in 1480.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Molly Gloss 6/11/2008
Nancy Pearl's guest on this edition of Book Lust is award-winning novelist Molly Gloss, whose latest novel, The Hearts of Horses, tells the heartwarming story of a determined young woman with a gift for "gentling" wild horses. Set in Oregon in the winter of 1917, the story follows the journey of nineteen-year-old Martha Lessen, a strong-willed young woman who leaves home to find work breaking horses for families whose sons have left to fight in the Great World War. Molly Gloss is a fourth-generation Oregonian who lives in Portland. In 1996 she was the recipient of a prestigious Whiting Writers’ Award. She also authored these award winning books: The Jump-Off Creek, The Dazzle of Day and Wild Life.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Judy Schachner 5/8/2008
Nancy's guest is Judy Schachner, illustrator and writer of the award-winning Skippyjon Jones children's books. Skippyjon is a rambunctious Siamese kitten with oversized ears and an equally oversized imagination. When he is sent to have a time-out in his room, Skippyjon entertains himself by donning a cape and taking on the persona of El Skippito, a sword-toting, superhero Chihuahua. Skippyjon Jones' adventures have been chronicled by Schachner in five books, the latest is Skippyjon Jones and the Treasure Hunt. Schachner and her family live in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Justina Chen Headley 4/3/2008
Nancy’s guest is Justina Chen Headley, a writer of young adult fiction. Chen’s debut novel, “Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies),” won the 2007 Asian Pacific American Award for literature and was a Borders’ Original Voices nominee, BookSense pick, and NYPL Book for the Teen Age. Her new novel, “Girl Overboard,” is a Junior Library Guild Premier Selection. Publishers Weekly writes, “Headley crafts a tale that will stand out in the crowd by offering a good dose of girl power and an intriguing family back-story.” Justina is also the creator of the popular website ReaderGirlz, an interactive website for teen girls that promotes literacy and community involvement. She lives in Seattlewith her husband and children.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Ann Patchett 3/6/2008
Nancy's guest is author Ann Patchett. Ann has authored five novels, including Bel Canto (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize), The Patron Saint of Liars, and Run, as well as her bestselling nonfiction book, Truth & Beauty. She has written for the Atlantic, Harper's, Gourmet, the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and the Washington Post. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Bharti Kirchner 2/8/2008
Bharti Kirchner is the prolific author of eight books -- four novels and four cookbooks, and has been publishing since 1992. Her work has been translated into German, Dutch, Spanish, Marathi, Thai and other languages. Her fourth novel Pastries: A Novel of Desserts and Discoveries (St. Martin’s Press) is now out in hardcover. Bharti has won two Seattle Arts Commission literature grants, and an Artist Trust GAP grant.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Nassim Assefi 1/5/2008
Nancy Pearl's guest on this edition of Book Lust is Nassim Assefi, a 2nd generation Iranian-American who is an internist specializing in women's health and global medicine. Her first novel, Aria, examines the struggle of a young cancer specialist and single mother to come to grips with her daughter's death and to reconnect with her estranged Iranian parents and heritage. She is currently writing a second novel set in post-conflict Afghanistan entitled Say I Am You. She lives in Istanbul with her husband Miguel. Most recently, she has been an academic in Seattle, a humanitarian aid worker and underground salsa dance teacher in Kabul, and an aspiring musician in Havana.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Arthur and Alex Dorros 11/2/2007
On this episode of Book Lust, Nancy Pearl's guests are Authur and Alex Dorros, a father and son who recently collaborated on a children's book called Numero Uno. Arthur Dorros is a well-known author and illustrator of children's books, while Alex, a high-school student, wrote the basic story of Numero Uno when he was in sixth grade.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Mykaila Ostrom 10/5/2007
Seattle's uber-librarian Nancy Pearl interviews Mykaila Ostrom, an enthusiastic reader who is in the 8th grade at St. Benedict School in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood. Ostrom's favorite authors are Meg Rosoff, E.L. Konigsburg and Jonathan Stroud.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Karen Joy Fowler 9/8/2007
Nancy's guest on this edition of Book Lust is Karen Joy Fowler. Fowler is an American author of science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction. Her work often centers on the nineteenth century, the lives of women, and alienation. She is best known as the author of the best-selling novel The Jane Austen Book Club, which has been adapted into a screenplay for a major motion picture.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Sherman Alexie 8/4/2007
Nancy Pearl's guest on this episode of Book Lust is renowned Northwest author (and one of the most popular writers of his generation) Sherman Alexie. Alexie is well-known for his novels, short stories and screenplays depicting contemporary Native Americans. His many works include Smoke Signals, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and a new novel for young adults to be published in September 2007 called The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Nick DiMartino 7/7/2007
Nancy's guest in July is local author and bookseller Nick DiMartino. DiMartino, a self-described intense, unstoppable reader, compiles a monthly list of recommended new books called Nick's Picks for the Novelworld website (
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Elizabeth George 6/8/2007
Nancy's guest in June is bestselling author Elizabeth George. Fans of George's popular Inspector Lynley series were stunned by the brutal slaying of the Scotland Yard detective's wife in "With No One as Witness" (2005). Her latest novel, "What Came Before He Shot Her," unveils the events leading up to that bold, bloody event. George is the bestselling author of thirteen novels of psychological suspense, one book of nonfiction, and two short-story collections. Most of her novels have been filmed for television by the BBC and broadcast in the United States on PBS's "Mystery" series. She lives in Seattle Washington, and London.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Connie Willis 5/5/2007
Connie Willis is the award winning author of Doomsday Book, Passage, To Say Nothing of the Dog, and Bellwether. Willis has been awarded nine Hugo Awards, Nine Locus Poll Awards and six Nebula Awards. Her stories have an epic feel to them and range from laugh out loud funny to deadly serious. She is currently working on All Clear, a time travel novel to the time of the London Blitz.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Tim Sandlin 4/7/2007
Nancy guest is Tim Sandlin, author of Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty -- a hilarious and touching novel that explores how baby boomers are facing their own mortality. Tim lives in Jackson, Wyoming and is also the author of the GroVont trilogy and a collection of columns from the Jackson Hole News called The Pyms: Unauthorized Tales of Jackson Hole.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Guy Gavriel Kay 3/3/2007
Nancy's guest this month is internationally bestselling author Guy Gavriel Kay. Kay's distinguished literary career began when he helped complete Tolkien's posthumous masterpiece, The Silmarillion. His own epic trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry, appears on The Internet Top 100 SF/Fantasy List. Kay's latest novel, Ysabel, is a departure from his earlier historical fantasies in that it takes place in the world of today in Provence, France. The story revolves around a photo shoot in the Saint-Saveur Cathedral, an ancient structure of many secrets. Guy Gavriel Kay's works have been translated into fourteen languages. He lives in Toronto.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Colson Whitehead 2/17/2007
Nancy's guest this month award-winning novelist Colson Whitehead, whose latest book Apex Hides the Hurt, has just been released in paperback. Fans of his earlier novels, The Intuitionist and John Henry Days, will find the same wicked humor and literary wordplay in his new book.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Nancy Rawles 1/1/2007
Nancy's guest in January is award-winning novelist and playwright Nancy Rawles. Rawles' latest book, My Jim, revisits Mark Twain's classic and racially charged tale, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In My Jim, Rawles uses the first-person story of Sadie, the wife of Huck Finn's enslaved traveling companion, to give us new insight into Jim's life and the world of slavery he left behind.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Kate Atkinson 12/4/2006
Nancy Pearl's guest on this episode of Book Lust is British author Kate Atkinson. Atkinson was born in York in 1951 and studied English Literature at Dundee University. She began writing for women's magazines after winning the 1986 Woman's Own Short Story Competition. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum (1995), won the 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year award, beating Salman Rushdie's The Moor's Last Sigh and Roy Jenkins' biography Gladstone. Her latest books are Case Histories (2004), and One Good Turn (2006).
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Terry Pratchet 11/6/2006
Nancy's guest in November is one of the world's most popular writers, Terry Pratchett. In addition to his highly successful Discworld series, Pratchett has written numerous books for young adults and children. His book, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won Britain's highest honor for a children's book, the Carnegie Medal. Pratchett is in Seattle to read from his new book, Wintersmith, the third in his Tiffany Aching series.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Julie Paschkis 10/6/2006
Nancy's guest in October is Seattle painter and illustrator Julie Paschkis. Her latest work can be seen in the children's book, "Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary," where her colorful, joyful paintings illustrate poems by Julie Larios. Paschkis has illustrated many children's books. Paschkis sees her paintings as "open-ended stories," and describes the illustrations she does for children's books as "a 32 page painting in service to the story and characters of the book." Her paintings have been exhibited throughout the Northwest, most recently at the Grover/Thurston Gallery in Seattle.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Elizabeth Crane 9/22/2006
Nancy's guest in September is Elizabeth Crane, who will talk about her new book, "All This Heavenly Glory," which was described by the Chicago Tribune as "unique, intriguing, and often hilarious." Elizaeth Crane's stories have appeared in publications including The Sycamore Review, Washington Square, Weep Daily, New York Stories, Book, The Florida Review, and Eclipse. She received the Chicago Public Library 21st Century Award, granted by the Chicago Public Library Foundation, in October 2003. A New York City native, she now lives in Chicago with her husband and teaches writing at Northwestern's School of Continuing Studies and The University of Chicago.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Deb Caletti 8/4/2006
Nancy's guest in August is award-winning author Deb Caletti, whose third book, Wild Roses, is winning praise from both adult and young adult readers. Deb Caletti lives with her family part-time on acreage in Issaquah and part-time in the city on a houseboat. When she's not writing books or reading them, she is a painter and a lyricist, and speaks widely to audiences on writing and life as an author.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Linda Barnes 7/7/2006
Nancy's guest in July is celebrated mystery author Linda Barnes. Barnes has written fifteen mystery novels, eleven featuring her 6'1" redheaded Boston private eye Carlotta Carlyle, who first appeared in 1985 with the award-winning short story Lucky Penny. Since then, Barnes has written ten Carlotta Carlyle mystery novels. In Heart of the World, Barnes's latest mystery, Carlotta is investigating the disappearance of her adopted little sister Paolina, a case that could change her life forever.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Julia Alvarez 6/2/2006
Nancy's guest in June is Julia Alvarez, whose latest novel, Saving the World, takes us into the worlds of two women, two centuries apart, who are both swept up in campaigns against the scourges of their days. A brilliant novel-within-a-novel, Saving the World pits ambition against altruism, and in the process, tells the radiant stories of two courageous women.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Debra Dean 5/5/2006
Nancy's guest this month is Debra Dean, whose debut novel, The Madonnas of Leningad, is being described as one of the most talked about books of the year. Dean worked as an actor in the New York theater for nearly a decade before opting for the life of a writer and teacher. She lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Taylor Branch 4/7/2006
Nancy's guest in April is Pulitzer Prize-winner and best selling author Taylor Branch. Branch's latest book, At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968, concludes his 3-volume history, America in the King Years. Volume 1, Parting the Waters, provided an unsurpassed portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s rise to greatness, beginning with the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and ending with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Volume 2, Pillar of Fire, covers the years from 1963-1965, which encompassed the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964, when Malcolm X raised a militant new voice for racial separatism, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed segregation by race and mandated equal opportunity for women.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Robert Goldstein 3/3/2006
Nancy's guest this month is Robert Goldstein, author of The Gentleman from Finland: Adventures on the Trans-Siberian Express. Goldstein's travel memoir transports the reader back to a time when the Cold War was still in frost. The author skillfully conveys the tone of the times by telling the story of his bizarre trip through the characters he meets and the odd circumstances that he finds himself in. At times laugh-out loud funny and at other times thought provokingly serious, this book - a third place winner of the Pacific Northwest Writer's Association Library Award for nonfiction - is a guaranteed page-turner.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Jayne Ann Krentz 2/3/2006
Nancy's guest in February is "romantic suspense" author Jayne Ann Krentz. Krentz has written over 122 romance novels, including 27 New York Times bestsellers under various pen names. Her latest book, All Night Long, is another exciting story of passion, murder, small-town secrets, and scandal. Before beginning her writing career, Krentz had a successful career as a corporate and academic librarian, including a position at Duke University's library. In addition to writing, Krentz sits on the Advisory Board for the Writers Program at the University of Washington Extension Program. She lives in Seattle with her husband.
Book Lust with E.L. Doctorow 1/6/2006
The 2006 season of Book Lust with Nancy Pearl begins with her wonderful interview with award-winning author E. L. Doctorow. Doctorow's latest book, The March, follows General Sherman's army on its famous March to the Sea, a scorched-earth campaign that plowed from Atlanta to Savannah, Ga., in late 1864, at the end of the Civil War.
Book Lust with Vikram Seth 12/2/2005
Nancy's guest in December is Vikram Seth, author of the international bestselling novel A Suitable Boy. Seth's new book, Two Lives, is an extraordinary memoir of the lives of his great aunt Henny, a German Jewess, and great uncle Shanti, an Indian Hindi. Seth has woven together their astonishing stories, and the result is both a history of a violent century seen through the eyes of two survivors, and an intimate portrait of their friendship, marriage and abiding yet complex love.
Book Lust with Linda Bierds 11/4/2005
Nancy's guest in November is award-winning poet Linda Bierds. Bierds, the author of seven volumes of poetry and a MacArthur fellow, will talk about her latest volume of poetry, First Hand. In the new volume, a series of 30 linked poems, Bierds recreates moments of significant scientific exploration and discovery across the centuries.
Book Lust with Karen Fisher 10/7/2005
Nancy's guest this month is Karen Fisher, a Northwest author whose debut novel, "A Sudden Country," is getting rave reviews. It's currently the 2nd best selling novel on the Pacific Northwest Booksellers list, and is a People Magazine Critic's Choice and an Editor's Choice of Entertainment Weekly. Fisher has worked in the West as a teacher, wrangler, farmer and carpenter. She now lives with her husband and their three children on Lopez Island in the Puget Sound.
Book Lust with Shawn Wong 9/1/2005
Nancy's guest this month is Seattle author Shawn Wong, whose bestselling novel "American Knees" is being made into a movie that will be released next year. Wong is also the author of the award-winning novel "Homebase" and has co-edited and edited several anthologies of Asian-American literature, including the landmark books "Aiiieeeee!" and "The Big Aiiieeeee!" His work has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship and numerous other prizes. He is Director of the University Honors Program at the University of Washington.
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Jasper Fforde 8/1/2005
In August's Book Lust, Nancy Pearl visits Jasper Fforde, the author of the bestselling Thursday Next Series that includes: The Eyre Affair, Lost In A Good Book, The Well Of Lost Plots, and Something Rotten. Nancy and Jasper discuss his newest book “The Big Over Easy”, the first book in the his Nursery Crimes series.
Book Lust with Jess Walter 7/1/2005
Nancy's guest in July is Jess Walter from Spokane Washington whose third book, "Citizen Vince", has been getting rave reviews from everyone from Ken Bruen to Richard Russo. Darkly funny and surprisingly hopeful, "Citizen Vince" is the story of a charming crook chasing the biggest score of his life: a second chance.
Book Lust with David Laskin 6/3/2005
Nancy Pearl's guest is self-proclaimed weather nut David Laskin, author of "The Children's Blizzard." Laskin's nonfiction book recounts the gripping story of an epic prairie snowstorm that killed hundreds of newly arrived settlers in Nebraska and the Dakotas in January 1888.
Book Lust with Mary Doria Russell 5/1/2005
In May's Book Lust, Nancy Pearl visits with Mary Doria Russell, the best selling author of “The Sparrow” and “Children of God”. Russell's new novel, “A Thread of Grace”, is set in Italy during the dramatic finale of World War II. Through the lives of a handful of fascinating characters, she tells the little-known but true story of the network of Italian citizens who saved the lives of forty-three thousand Jews during the war's final phase.
Book Lust with Andrew Sean Greer 4/1/2005
This month, host Nancy Pearl talks with Andrew Sean Greer, author of the national best seller and Today Show book pick, The Confessions of Max Tivoli. Set against the historical backdrop of San Francisco at the turn of the twentieth century, this novel questions the nature of love, time and what it means to be human.
Book Lust with Stephanie Kallos 3/4/2005
In March's Book Lust, Nancy Pearl talks with Seattle author Stephanie Kallos. Kallos’ debut novel, “Broken for You,” was recently chosen as a Today Show Book Club reading selection and is a recipient of a 2005 Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association Award.
Book Lust with Patrick Carman 2/4/2005
This month, Nancy Pearl talks with Patrick Carman, author of "The Dark Hills Divide," part one of "The Land of Elyon," a fantasy series for young readers. "The Dark Hills Divide" grew out of stories Caman told his young daughters. It focuses on a young girl who explores what lies beyond her walled kingdom and stumbles onto a plot to destroy the Land of Elyon from within.
Book Lust with David Domke 1/7/2005
Nancy's guest this month is author David Domke. Domke discusses his recent book "God Willing: Political Fundamentalism in the White House, the 'War on Terror' and the Echoing Press.
Book Lust with Stephen Greenblatt 12/1/2004
This month Nancy's guest is Stephen Greenblatt, author of Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare. In his new book, Greenblatt interweaves a portrait of Elizabethan England with a vivid narrative of Shakespeare's life, showing how this particular life history gave rise to the world's greatest writer.
Book Lust with Susan Orlean 11/5/2004
This month, Nancy's guest is Susan Orlean, author of "My kind of place, travel stories from a woman who's been everywhere." Orlean, a staff writer at New Yorker magazine, has written four books including "The Orchid Thief" which was the inspiration for the movie "Adaptation".
Book Lust with Marjane Satrapi 10/1/2004
October's Book Lust with Nancy Pearl features Marjane Satrapi and her memoirs of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, "Persepolis" and "Persepolis 2".

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