May 22, 2022

Watch: Nancy Pearl Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at 2021 National Book Awards

Nancy Pearl received a lifetime achievement award, the Literarian Award Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, from the National Book Foundation at the 2021 National Boom Awards held on Wednesday (November 17, 2021).

Pearl, first librarian to win the award, dedicates it to, “all of the librarians who do such essential work for their communities.”

The video features the presentation of the award by Ron Charles (book critic at the Washington Post) along with Nancy’s inspiring remarks.

To watch, click this link or on the image below and then click again to watch the presentation.

Congratulations to a hero to our community, Nancy Pearl!

See Also: Watch the Complete 2021 National Book Awards Ceremony

See Also: National Book Foundation to Present Lifetime Achievement Award to Nancy Pearl (via NBF; September 2021)

See Also: ‘America’s Librarian’ knows why people turn to libraries in times of need (via Christian Science Monitor, November 16, 2021)

See Also: Nancy Pearl on Twitter

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