World Book Night 2013 has officially been announced! See the titles the book givers will be handing out on April 23, 2013:

"The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho, in English and Spanish editions 

"Bossypants" by Tina Fey 

"City of Thieves" by David Benioff

"A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court" by Mark Twain 

"Devil in a Blue Dress" by Walter Mosley 

"Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury 

"Favorite American Poems" by various authors

"Girl With a Pearl Earring" by Tracy Chevalier 

"Glaciers" by Alexis M. Smith 

"Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman 

"The Handmaid’s Tale" by Margaret Atwood 

"The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros, in English and Spanish editions

"The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh 

"The Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan 

"Look Again" by Lisa Scottoline 

"Looking for Alaska" by John Green

"Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris 

"Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life" by James Patterson 

"Moneyball" by Michael Lewis 

"Montana Sky" by Nora Roberts 

"Mudbound" by Hillary Jordan 

"My Antonia" by Willa Cather 

"The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency" by Alexander McCall Smith 

"The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster 

"Playing for Pizza" by John Grisham 

"Population: 485" by Michael Perry

"Salvage the Bones" by Jesmyn Ward 

"Still Alice" by Lisa Genova 

"The Tender Bar" by J.R. Moehringer 

"The Worst Hard Time" by Timothy Egan

these are the people to whom i gave THE HANDMAID'S TALE:
  • a Business Services bank teller
  • a cashier and a cook at Brooklyn Mac
  • a barista and two customers at CUP
  • a girl walking along McCarren Park with her head buried in a copy of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES
  • three salesfolk at Monk
  • a dressing room attendant at Buffalo Exchange
  • a bartender at Lulu’s
  • a receptionist and a hairdresser at Parlour
  • a family on the street outside of Paulie Gee’s
  • one European-from-i-don’t-know-where, three hipsters, and one Brit in Transmitter Park

all of them were delighted to be handed a free book, and i learned a few tricks from last year and did not once get asked if it was a “a religious thing.” cannot wait for next year


The Teen Hub at the Carondelet Y wasn’t too busy tonight, but I still managed to give some books away.

I even spotted one kid reading his book almost immediately. Only a few pages in he said to me “This book is so good already!”

WORLD BOOK NIGHT! Sign up for it! It’s not until April, but you need to sign up now. And it feels like April outside today anyway, so plan ahead. You will be able to pick up your books right here at WORD, and we will be having a party for all the book-picker-uppers, and it will, as you can imagine, involve food. We’re thinking pizza, due to years of elementary school pizza parties/read-ins that have forever linked in our minds the acts of eating pizza and virtuous book behavior.

(What is World Book Night, you ask? There are 30 books to choose from. You pick one that you have read and loved. You apply to hand it out, telling the kind WBN people which book you’d like and where you will hand it out and to whom. If you are approved (you will be, you’re great), you pick up your books, at WORD if you so choose, and we give you some pizza if you do. You then hand out the book you love in the place you selected to the people you think should read it on World Book Night, which is Monday, April 23. For the following week, you wear a smile filled with such contentment that your coworkers begin to suspect you have won the lottery.)

Here is the important part: THE DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS FEBRUARY 1ST. Which is very soon. So just do it right now, and then you’ll be all set.

An ORIGINAL painting for World Book Night by our very own A.C.

Join us for our World Book Night reception (Wednesday, April 18th @ 7:00 PM) featuring Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love and Great House. Over half a million free books are being distributed around the country tomorrow, and many of our friendly patrons are doing their part to spread literacy.

Donors are invited to pick up their books at the event and swap stories about where the books are headed, however, non-donors are more than welcome to join in the festivities. See you there!

World Book Night!

I’ve done really well!

I gave copies to students waiting for and sitting on the campus shuttles, and then convinced a campus police officer that he should read the Hunger Games as well. Everyone was a little confused when I started my spiel, but by the end they looked eager to read!

Heck, I’d rather read a book for fun than study for finals anyway! ;)

Happy World Book Night!

So excited! I am giving out “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood tonight, which is one of my favorite novels of all time ever. I typed a little message to put inside each book, so that the person will have a somewhat deeper experience. Here is what I wrote:

The book you are holding in your hands, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, is a modern classic (and one of my favorites) for a reason. It hijacks all of your preconceived notions about womanhood, society, and what is possible in the modern world. Equal parts dystopian tale (that means it takes place in a futuristic place that is frightening or undesirable; the opposite of a utopia), cautionary tale, and love story, this book has all of the elements that make literature important, memorable, and beautiful. 

You might be thinking that this doesn’t sound like a book you would be interested in. You might be thinking that this project (which, by the way, is entitled World Book Night, and you can find more information about that if you take a look at the inside cover of this book) is weird or irrelevant to your life. You would be wrong, in both cases, if I may be so bold. This novel, and reading in general, reminds us of the power of the written word to show us things that we may be missing in our lives. It is a stark reminder that the world is not what we want it to be, and things happen in it that make us angry. And anger is okay - if we use it wisely. I hope this books angers you, as it angered me. There are factions in this world that seek to oppress certain groups of people, and we must fight that, or one day, we will be living in The Handmaid’s Tale.

Choose to fight. Choose to read. Learn about your world. Listen to people. Listen to differing viewpoints. Make your time on this Earth matter. 

Let me know your thoughts about this book, about World Book Night in general, or just about reading overall at my email address: x