World Book Night 2012
World Book Night is an annual celebration designed to spread a love of reading and books by giving out a million free books to complete strangers. It’s to be held in the U.S. as well as the U.K. and Ireland on April 23, 2012 and 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. For some reason, the World Book Night page states that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Book Day is also celebrated on April 23 but this is untrue. UNESCO’s World Book Day was celebrated on March 1st. April 23 was chosen due to it being the date of Shakespeare’s death and close to the date of his birth and then for it being the date of Spanish novelist and playwright Miguel de Cervantes’ death.
Sign-ups to participate and be a giver are already closed but local bookstores and libraries are holding events this weekend and Monday for the World Book Night. Take a trip over to Google to see if anything is happening near you.
A list of the 30 titles being given out in the U.S. can be found on here.
The Time article can be found here.