I'm very excited to be a part of World Book Night this year. I just found out that I will be handing out copies of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game. Of the titles available this year, I opted for more fun/escapist (less wrenching/Oprah Book club); And I thought it'd be nice to offer a local author, since Mr. Card lives in the area.
I wish, however, that I had more than 20 books to disseminate to all of Greensboro. Here's hoping that other Greensboro-ians (ites?) are also getting involved!
I still have to get permission from my site, but hope to be giving away books at the Wesley Long Cancer Center during the day, April 23.
Some info from the WBN Web site:
- World Book Night books are specially-produced, not-for-resale paperbacks.
- Authors are foregoing royalties to make this possible, and American book publishers, the American Booksellers Association, Barnes & Noble, the American Library Association, the Association of American Publishers, Ingram Book Company, UPS, and a dozen printers and binders have paid for the production and shipping.... Through their generosity, we are able to make the books available free of charge, along with the work of many volunteers.
- April 23 is the UNESCO International Day of the Book, chosen in honor of Shakespeare and Cervantes, who both died on April 23 1616. (It is also the anniversary of Shakespeare's birthday.) In the Catalan region of Spain, the day is celebrated by giving a book and a flower to a loved one. We also hope that it’s a lovely spring day perfect for spreading the love of reading in your community.
- World Book Night was introduced in 2011 in the UK and Ireland to bring attention to books for adult readers.
Labels: 2012, Enders Game, Free Books, Greensboro, North Carolina, Orson Scott Card, World Book Night