In Praise of World Book Night

Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers. In 2012, World Book Night was celebrated in the U.S., the UK, Ireland, and Germany. In the United States, World Book Night, a nonprofit dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person, is again turning to over 25,000 passionate volunteers to give away copies of specially chosen and printed WBN editions in their community.

In addition, World Book Night will have 23 simultaneous WBN Kick-Off events TONIGHT, April 22, 2014 around the country, demonstrated on the map below (click the map to link to a larger version)–very exciting, fun events at select stores and libraries featuring some of this year’s authors.

Among the many fine books included this year is the historical romance in a series inspired by Jane Austin, Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan.

“I am honored to have my novel Miss Darcy Falls in Love chosen as one of the 35 titles for 2014. To help kick-off this years extravaganza, I will be doing what most of the chosen authors are doing, and that is appearing at a local book store.”—Sharon Lathan

“One little guy held his book so tight and said, ‘this is the first new book I have ever had!’ He’s in fourth grade.” —Anonymous from Ohio

“I cannot express how amazing an idea this is…And my heartfelt thanks goes out to you, the authors, and the publishers of these books.” —Cheryl, recipient 2013

“In my experience, when people like what they are doing, they do more of it. This is the genius of World Book Night — it gets people reading by connecting them  with amazing, enjoyable books. I’m honored to be a part of it.”James Patterson

“All those people giving books out are proof that people DO care a whole awful lot, and we will always have books, stories, writers and – most importantly – READERS.”Markus Zusak

Participate, watch, praise, do what you can to encourage this wonderful effort. World Book Night can be followed on Twitter: @wbnamerica.

It’s website is: http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/ and it’s on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/worldbooknightusa

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