I was thrilled to read this first thing this morning:
The USA Today article quotes the actress and now WBN honorary chairperson as saying, “I grew up loving books. In today’s digital world, it’s more important than ever to know how it feels to have a good book in your hands. I’m thrilled to be part of World Book Night. People who read are people who dream, and we connect through the stories we live and tell and read.”
Don’t know what World Book Night is? They’re a wonderful non-profit that enlists about 25,000 volunteers to give away about 500,000 books each year. Basically, you sign up, get a bunch of copies of an awesome book (for free!) and then everyone hands them out to non-readers and light readers. In the past, I’ve given away The Things They Carried, and Looking for Alaska, and this year I’m giving away Code Name Verity.
It’s a great chance to meet people in your community, share the love of books, and share a really awesome experience with people all over the US and the UK. And it works! The success stories are a great thing to see.