I am participating in World Book Night U.S.: April 23, 2014. It is a wonderful organization. Here is how it works, in their words…straight from their website:
Each year, 30- 35 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers.
After the book titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community. World Book Night U.S. vets the applications, and the givers are chosen based on their ability to reach light and non-readers. The selected givers choose a local participating bookstore or library from which to pick up the 20 copies of their book, and World Book Night U.S. delivers the books to these host locations.
Givers pick up their books in the week before World Book Night. On April 23rd, they give their books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or geography.
I am thrilled to be able to participate on April 23, 2014, and hand out 20 books to 20 individuals, who don’t normally read or have access to books to read. I hope this will encourage them to read more, in the future. In a few hours I will start, and I am excited to begin!
The book I am handing out is “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet”, by Jamie Ford. I read the book, myself, a couple of years ago, and enjoyed it. I hope that those who receive it will enjoy it…as much as I did.