The World's Strongest Librarian

May 15, 2013

Josh Hanagarne stands 6 feet 7 inches tall and can bend horseshoes with his bare hands. He has Tourette’s syndrome and is given to noisy verbal tics. It may seem unlikely, but Hanagarne is also a librarian at Salt Lake City’s Main Library. The job fuels his inner bookworm. It also compels him to consistently maintain silence and self-control. Hanagarne has written a memoir about his struggles with the physical and mental challenges of Tourette’s, and he joins us on Thursday to talk about it.

Josh Hanagarne is giving a talk on Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at his second home, Salt Lake City's Main Library. Follow this link for more details.

He'll also be at the King's English Bookshop on May 30th at 7 p.m. Visit the King's English web site for more details.


Josh Hanagarne is a librarian at the Salt Lake City Public Library. He's blogs about his battle with Tourette's  and his love of the library arts at World's Strongest Librarian. His new memoir is called The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family.

Order a copy of Hanagarne's book from (your purchase at Amazon or Indiebound supports RadioWest), or visit one of Utah's independent booksellers: The King's English Bookshop, Weller Bookworks, or Ken Sanders Rare Books.