World Book Night
I absolutely love the idea of World Book Night, in which booklovers and readers go out into their communities and give books to people.
The goal is to have 50,000 people give a book to a stranger or to people you might know but believe aren’t frequent readers. Go to a coffee shop, a hospital, a park, a church, a community center, an after-work party, a local school, or even just give them away on your daily train ride. WBN will give you 20 specially-produced, not-for-resale World Book Night editions to randomly give away. There are 30 titles to choose from for all types of readers. Basically, if you love any of the books included in the program, you can get free copies to share with others. The list includes:
• The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
• I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
• Kindred by Octavia Butler
• The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
• Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
• The Stand by Stephen King
• The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
• Just Kids by Patti Smith
The purpose is to celebrate the love of reading, the love of a good book, and to share the ones we love the most. The full list of 30 books is a fantastic selection – some of my very favourites, and now I need to seek out the others on the list, of course. If you’d like to be one of the people giving out books, you have until midnight EST tonight, february 6th 2012, to register to give out books. Unfortunately, this is not available in Canada yet – only the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Ireland. But what a wonderful idea. If and when it makes it to Canada, I will do everything I can to take part.