Nancy Pearl, the former librarian and “energetic champion for readers across the country,” is the 2021 recipient of the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community “for her expansive service to readers and the literary community.” Presented by the National Book Foundation, the award honors “an individual for a lifetime of achievement in expanding the audience for books and reading.” Pearl will receive the award from the Washington Post’s Ron Charles at the 72nd National Book Awards ceremony on November 17.
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