World Book Night 2012

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World Book Night 2012We have some excellent news!

The Book Cellar has been chosen to be an official store for World Book Night 2012. They are looking for 50,000 volunteers to hand out 20 copies each of their favorite books. That’s one million books!

What? You haven’t heard of World Book Night? Here’s the scoop from their website:

World Book Night is an annual celebration designed to spread a love of reading and books. To be held in the U.S. as well as the U.K. and Ireland on April 23, 2012. It will see tens of thousands of people go out into their communities to spread the joy and love of reading by giving out free World Book Night paperbacks.
World Book Night, through social media and traditional publicity, will also promote the value of reading, of printed books, and of bookstores and libraries to everyone year-round.
Successfully launched in the U.K. in 2011, World Book Night will also be celebrated in the U.S. in 2012, with news of more countries to come in future years. Please join our mailing list for regular World Book Night U.S. news. And thank you to our U.K. friends for such a wonderful idea!
Additionally, April 23 is UNESCO’s World Book Day, chosen due to the anniversary of Cervantes’ death, as well as Shakespeare’s birth and death.

Volunteer to give books out in your community. Maybe at a food pantry or shelter. The organizers of World Book Night will provide the books–free of charge–and you can pick them up here in April.

They have chosen 30 amazing books across all genres to represent World Book Night, including Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones, Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, and Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games.

The Book Cellar book club has had fascinating discussions about many of the books on the list. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks looks at the early days of medical ethics (or the lack thereof). We unanimously enjoyed Stephen King’s The Stand even though it took us almost two months to finish. And The Glass Castle and Bel Canto both provoked vigorous debate.

You can sign up to be a volunteer for World Book Night. Go to their official page to sign up. We’d love to see you for the World Book Night reception on April 16th.

Let’s share. What book–it doesn’t have to be on the World Book Night list–has moved you so much you wish you could give out a million copies, and why?

One Comment to “World Book Night 2012”

  1. I just signed up this evening! I hope I get picked!

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