The Seattle Public Library will host rock star librarian Nancy Pearl in conversation with radio producer Katy Sewall about her debut novel "George and Lizzie" from 7 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636 .

Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.

Pearl's book is the story of an unlikely marriage at a crossroads. George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family -- his father an orthodontist, his mother a stay-at-home mom - while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love. Over the course of their marriage, nothing has changed -- George is happy; Lizzie remains unfulfilled. When a shameful secret from Lizzie's past resurfaces, she'll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship she and George have built over a decade together.

Pearl is considered by many to be "America's Librarian," and has her own iconic librarian action figure. She is the former executive director of the Washington Center for the Book, and helped found "Seattle Reads." Pearl speaks about the pleasures of reading at library conferences, to literacy organizations and community groups throughout the world. She is regularly hosted on radio stations to comment about books, including Seattle's KUOW 94.9 FM. Pearl also hosts a monthly television show on the Seattle Channel called "Book Lust with Nancy Pearl." Born and raised in Detroit, she has master's degrees in library science and history. Among her many honors and awards are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal; and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.

Sewall is a journalist, radio producer and host. She worked for 11 years at KUOW Public Radio, NPR Seattle, as lead producer and occasional host of Weekday with Steve Scher. She has also worked with RadioLab and A Prairie Home Companion.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Town Hall and University Book Store. Books will be available for purchase and signing.