Pearl-based Original Librarian Action Figure by Archie McPhee.

Seattle resident and World’s Most Famous Librarian Nancy Pearl and a small-ish Seattle bookseller are bringing out-of-print back. At least, some out-of-print. Nancy’s favorite out-of-print.

Aptly calling it the Book Lust Rediscoveries* line, Amazon plans an annual reprint six of Pearl’s most loved, out-of-print titles.
A career librarian, Pearl gained international attention when she pioneered the “If All Seattle Read The Same Book” program. Cities all over the world have re-created Pearl’s idea. Her real fame, however came when Archie McPhee**, the also-famous, also-Seattle purveyor of toys, gifts, and novelties, used Pearl as the model for its Original Librarian Action Figure  “with amazing shushing action!”  (Pressing a button causes the figure to raise her finger to her lips. Sssshhhh!)
Get some of that Deluxe Librarian Action.

Archie McPhee’s website states, “Nancy Pearl’s likeness made history as the best selling Librarian Action Figure of all time, but the true collector needs this Deluxe Edition.” Nancy Deluxe  comes with “a reference desk, computer, book cart, multiple book stacks and some loose books, including a tiny plastic replica of Nancy’s latest, Book Lust 2.”

*Pearl’s best-selling Book Lust came out in 2003.  Her Amazon line, Book Lust Rediscoveries, currently lists two titles: A Gay and Melancholy Sound by Merle Miller; and After Life by Rhian Ellis.


Only Nancy knows

**In the early- to mid-90s, Yours Truly wrote catalogue and packaging copy for Archie McPhee.

On a note slightly less likely to reverberate through the book world: Not since the Oprah madness of the 90s have we so intently wondered: What will the next one beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee?!?!?!?!

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