Quirky Books for Quirkier Librarians

Sat., June 29
3-4 p.m.
McCormick Place, S404a

Join United for Libraries as great writers, including Josh Hanargarne, Stephen Kiernan, John Scalzi, and Abby Stokes, talk with pride about their geeky — and often out in left field — topics. Library Journal's Barbara Hoffert moderates.

Josh Hanagarne (photo credit: Suzy Stead of A Moment's Reflection Photography)Josh Hanagarne

The World's Strongest Librarian, Gotham/Penguin
May 2013; $26; 978-1-592-40787-3

Josh Hanagarne is a 6’8” giant known as the World’s Strongest Librarian. A librarian at the Salt Lake City Public Library, he battled his own case of Tourette Syndrome and is now working to help others. He believes in curiosity, questions, strength, and that things are never so bad they can’t improve. Josh’s popular blog, World's Strongest Librarian, currently gets more than 80,000 visitors each month. Josh is also a certified instructor in the Biomechanics of Physique Improvement with the organization The Movement, through which he helps people move better and eliminate chronic pain. Josh lives with his wife Janette, a professor of history at Eagle Gate College, and his son Max in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Stephen Kiernan (photo credit: Todd R. Lockwood)Stephen Kiernan

The Curiosity, William Morrow/HarperCollins
July 2013; $25.99; 978-0-062-22106-3

Award-winning journalist Stephen Kiernan is a graduate of Middlebury College, and has earned a MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and a MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop. He has written two works of nonfiction — Last Rights and Authentic Patriotism — that promoted civic engagement. He lives in Vermont with his two sons. The Curiosity is his first novel.


John ScalziJohn Scalzi

The Human Division, Tor/Macmillan
May 2013; $25.00; 978-0-765-33351-3

John Scalzi has been writing professionally since 1991, first as a film critic and general columnist for the Fresno Bee newspaper (where his reviews and columns were nationally syndicated), then as America Online’s in-house writer and editor. Scalzi is best known as a writer of science fiction, with several novels in the genre published since 2005. Scalzi’s novel Old Man’s War is being adapted into film by Paramount Pictures, with Wolfgang Petersen attached to direct. He is a winner of science fiction’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and he won the Hugo Award for Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, a collection of essays from his popular blog The Whatever. A California native, Scalzi lives in Ohio with his wife, daughter, and an assortment of pets.


Abby Stokes Abby Stokes

Is This Thing On? A Computer Handbook for Late Blooomers, Technophobes, and the Kicking and Screaming, Workman
Jan. 2012; $16.95; 978-0-761-16882-9

Abby Stokes has taught more than 140,000 people, mostly seniors, how to use a computer, privately and through courses at Cooper Union and New York University’s School of Lifelong Learning. She lectures on the topic around the country. Stokes divides her time between New York City and Niantic, Conn.