spreading literary love
A good book can change a life: The inaugural U.S. World Book Night to hand outthousands of free, popular books
If someone comes up to you handing you a book Monday night, take it. You never know the impact a good book can have on your life — and it’s free.
Monday, April 23, is the inaugural U.S. World Book Night (which began last year in the U.K.), a night during which tens of thousands of volunteers, or ‘book givers,’ across the nation will hand out over half a million books to their communities.
Austin is one of 6,000 cities participating in the book give away, proudly ranking first in the number of givers per capita, with 62 givers handing out over 7,000 books.
“I believed Austin would be a perfect place to drive participation in this event.” Says Scott Lubeck the co-leader for the WBN Central Texas Chapter. “Austin is a city of book lovers who want to reach others with the joy of reading and the transformational effect it can have on you.”
The idea behind WBN is to place these books in the hands of people who aren’t readers, who normally don’t frequent libraries or bookstores, and promote the power a good book can have on you.
The 30 World Book Night titles being handed out range from Junot Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize winning The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Dave Egger’s Zeitoun to the popular The Hunger Games and The Kite Runner.
“We want to reach people with books who ordinarily don’t come in contact with them. We want to change lives, that’s what a good book can do.” Says Lubeck.
There is a large portion of people in our community who aren’t exposed to books, and WBN is aiming to change that.
I will proudly be wearing my WBN pin while handing out copies of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief. If you know of anyone in need of a beautiful — heartbreakingly so — book with a lot of spirit, feel free to email me.
You can also find the complete list of 2012 WBN titles HERE.