Monday, April 22, 2013

Tuesday is World Book Night: An International Holiday for You

Happy World Book Night eve! This is a holiday conceived of at the London Book Fair that is now celebrated in several different countries including Germany, Ireland, and the United States. 

As if the Big Poetry Giveaway is not enough!

I've volunteered to giveaway books tomorrow to people who are neither friends nor family. My plan is to bring books to the campus where I teach, to handout the Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood to students interested in reading for pleasure, not as a course requirement. 

Will people be more open to receiving prose than poetry? The information I've received asks that the person receiving the book promise to read it; but who can say whether they will? 

The goal of this international holiday is to put books into the hands of adult readers --- adults who otherwise might not have a chance to read. 20 books were chosen as the 2013 World Book Night Books. I'm feeling both excited and a little shy in terms of my part in this grand experiment.

Wish me luck! And perhaps you will be volunteering next year?

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