Nancy Pearl returns with her thoughts on 2021’s big books

Nancy Pearl, Seattle’s most famous librarian, will return to Whidbey Island in virtual form on Nov. 12 to offer her witty opinions on the best books of 2021.

“The anticipation of Nancy’s book list is a big draw for the event, but her personality and unique insights are what make the event special,” Friends of Langley Library President Jill Edwards said. “Nancy is one of a kind, and we are so grateful that she continues to share her time with us.”

Pearl has been a mainstay guest of the Friends of the Langley Library since her first visit to the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in 1998. She made her visit virtual in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic, and this year’s visit will be virtual too.

Pearl’s talk begins at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12. Please register in advance for this Zoom webinar.

The summer coronavirus pandemic wave scuttled plans for Pearl to return to WICA in person.

“In that moment of hope we had earlier in the summer that we might be moving beyond COVID restrictions, the Friends of the Langley Library had picked a date for an in-person event with Nancy at WICA,” Langley Library Manager Vicky Welfare said.

Event organizers regrouped and remembered the surprising upside of Pearl’s 2020 virtual visit. It attracted more than 800 people, about three times as many people as WICA can seat.

Organizers hope for a repeat attendance count.

“I know we’ll have a similar turnout this year, because even without an in-person audience, Nancy was captivating,” Edwards said of last year’s event.

Pearl’s visit is funded by the Friends of the Langley Library, with thanks to Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. To learn more about the Friends of the Langley Library, visit the group’s Facebook page or email Friends of the Langley Library.

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