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The World's Strongest Librarian

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 Amazon.comIndiebound.com (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.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.