On Monday, April 23, tens of thousands of people will celebrate World Book Night, an opportunity for community members to hand out free paperbacks to everyone from hospital patients to a stranger on the bus.
Locally, Irvin’s Books in West Manchester Township is participating for the program’s first year in the U.S. World Book Night launched in Ireland and the United Kingdom in 2011.
“Givers” logged on to the World Book Night website and signed up, choosing a title from a list of 30 books that WBN had narrowed down through several rounds of voting. Then, through donations from authors, publishers and book-manufacturing companies, half a million copies of these 30 books were specially printed with the WBN logo. Individual bookstores then received the copies, which givers can pick up now and then distribute on Monday.
At Irvin’s, 13 people signed up to be givers. Owner Gloria Irvin said she’s unaware of other local bookstores who might also participating. (If you’re a bookstore that is participating, please let us know in a comment!)
“I wish I had found out about it earlier, because I would have been asking every single person who comes in to the door to participate,” Irvin said. “It doesn’t cost anyone anything, except time and a love for books.”
Irvin organized a get-together for the givers Thursday evening, so they could meet one another and pick up their books. Come Monday, they can share their chosen book with anyone they’d like. The program encourages givers to consider new or light readers, or an underserved area.
For more details on World Book Night, visit www.us.worldbooknight.org.
Check out a list of the 30 books givers could choose from for 2012 below. If you’re interesting in reading one (or more!) of them, we’ve reviewed about a third on Book Buzz.
- “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie (Read a review)
- “Wintergirls” by Laurie Halse Anderson
- “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou
- “Friday Night Lights” by H.G. Bissinger
- “Kindred” by Octavia E. Butler
- “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card
- “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave
- “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins (Read a review)
- “Blood Work” by Michael Connelly
- “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Díaz (Read a review)
- “Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo
- “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers
- “Peace Like a River” by Leif Enger
- “A Reliable Wife” by Robert Goolrick
- “Q is for Quarry” by Sue Grafton
- “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini (Read a review, or a second opinion)
- “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving (Read a review)
- “The Stand” by Stephen King
- “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver
- “The History of Love” by Nicole Krauss
- “The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri
- “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien
- “Bel Canto” by Ann Patchett
- “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult (Read a review)
- “Housekeeping” by Marilynne Robinson
- “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold
- “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot (Read a review)
- “Just Kids” by Patti Smith
- “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls (Read a review)
- “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak (Read a review, or a second opinion)