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Best Of 'Weekday' Live: Nancy Pearl, Sherman Alexie And Stephen Tobolowsky

Steve Scher
10/10/2011 at 10:00 a.m.

In honor of the pledge drive, we present highlights from this year's "Weekday" Live shows. Writer Sherman Alexie discusses pistol–wielding presidents of the past, and the promising future he sees for young Native Americans. Nancy Pearl and listeners discuss books that changed their lives. Finally, actor Stephen Tobolowsky recalls trying to learn Spanish in 24 hours for a role, and how his play getting panned made it a smash hit.


Sherman Alexie is the author of 22 books, including: "The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part–Time Indian," which won the 2007 National Book Award for Young People's Literature; "War Dances," winner of the 2010 PEN Faulkner Award; and "The Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight In Heaven," a PEN Hemingway Special Citation winner. His most recent books are "Face," poetry from Hanging Loose Press, and "War Dances," poems and stories from Grove Press. He lives in Seattle.

Nancy Pearl is the author of "Book Lust," "More Book Lust," "Book Crush" and "Book Lust To Go." She is a regular commentator on KUOW and NPR's Morning Edition. She also hosts the Seattle Channel program "Book Lust with Nancy Pearl." In 2004, she won the National Book Association Award for her contribution to the world of books. She's also been named Library Journal's 2011 Librarian of the Year. She joins us every month on "Weekday."

Stephen Tobolowsky is an actor, writer and storyteller. He has appeared in more than 200 films and television projects. He is also the creator and host of the storytelling podcast and radio show "The Tobolowsky Files."

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