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The World's Strongest Librarian: Blog to Book

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Nobody was ever supposed to read my goofy little blog about strongman training and Tourette Syndrome. But then Seth Godin found it, and by this point the blog has become a book.
The book The World's Strongest Librarian has received rave reviews in The New Yorker, O Magazine, People, Wired, The Boston Globe, and many more. It is currently being translated into Korean, Chinese, and more languages are in the works. It's incredibly surreal, particularly since I still work at the library in Salt Lake City and have no plans on leaving.
I've been invited to play a show with the all-author band The Rock Bottom Remainders, which features Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Maya Angelou, Barbara Kingsolver, Matt Groening, and more.
Oh, the book also led to an opportunity to arm wrestle Stephen King when we were each speaking at the Mark Twain House in Hartford. I let him win, but he knows the score.



Josh Hanagarne


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