World Book Night 2014 Is Here!

world book nightIt is April 23rd and that signals two important events.  First of all it is the 29th birthday of my sweet son, Micah! micah copyHappy Birthday to an amazing son!  The other event is a world wide event. Back in February I shared the wonderful news that I was one of the chosen ones meaning that I was selected to be a book giver for World Book Night on April 23, 2014.  You can read here how excited I was to be chosen.

If you are not aware of what World Book Night is all about it is an amazing opportunity for people like me to give away 20 copies of selected books to light and non-readers in their communities free of charge to both the giver and the receiver.  According to their website at World Book Night the process is as follows:

Each year, 30- 35 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers.
After the book titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community. World Book Night U.S. vets the applications, and the givers are chosen based on their ability to reach light and non-readers. The selected givers choose a local participating bookstore or library from which to pick up the 20 copies of their book, and World Book Night U.S. delivers the books to these host locations.
Givers pick up their books in the week before World Book Night. On April 23rd, they give their books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or geography.

I am thrilled beyond belief to be able to give away 20 copies of Garrison Keillor’s novel Pontoon today, Wednesday, April 23rd at the Mason City Public Library from 5:30-7 pm in the Commons.   If you are in the area and are a non -reader or light reader or know of someone who is please come over and pick up a copy.  It is a wonderful way to share the love of reading with someone who has not discovered it and I am hoping that I can give all 20 copies away to folks who could really benefit from having a free book put into their hands. If I can’t give them away at the library I will be going out into the community to finish the giveaway to folks who might not otherwise get the chance to own this book.

There will be stories, I am sure, and lots of them.  I would love to spend the time talking to people about their love of books and how they have been a part of their lives over the years.   I feel very blessed to be a part of this great group and can hardly wait for the books to be in the hands of some hopefully new readers.

Linda Friedow, librarian at Britt Public Library shows off  one of "my" books!

Linda Friedow, librarian at Britt Public Library shows off one of “my” books!

I picked my books up at the Britt Public Library and while I was unable to attend the special reception that they had for the “givers” this year I was thrilled to be able to only have to travel a short distance to the pick up location.   I am hoping that next year the Mason City Public Library will become more involved and be a possible pick up location for anyone who wants to participate.

Want to know what books made the list this year?   Below is the complete list of books for 2014—how many have you read?

  • The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  • Zora and Me by Victoria Bond & T.R. Simon
  • Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
  • The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
  • The Ruins of Gorlan: The Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 1 by John Flanagan
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Large Print edition) by Jamie Ford
  • The Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye
  • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • Pontoon by Garrison Keillor
  • Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim
  • Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
  • Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan
  • Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee
  • Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean
  • Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
  • Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan
  • Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
  • The Raven’s Warrior by Vincent Pratchett
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago
  • Cuando Era Puertorriqueña by Esmeralda Santiago
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Large Print edition) by Maria Semple
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff
  • 100 Best-Loved Poems edited by Philip Smith
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  1. Happy birthday Micah!
    what an amazing event!!!

  2. I am certain you will be the a most notable book giver awayer! How cool that the occasion falls on Micah’s birthday. I’ve read about 5 of the books and one of Cole’s favorite books is Perks—especially since the author signed his bug and wrote him cool encouraging letter—there is a green bug in the movie.
    Good luck, no doubt you’ll be wonderful and the library, Mason city readers and want-to-be readers are lucky to have you!

    • Thanks for the encouragement, Katybeth! I am hopeful that I will find some folks to give them to that will cherish them. If not at the library then out someplace else!!!

  3. Have a wonderful time giving away books! I can’t think of a more enjoyable activity. Happy Birthday to your good looking son! 29 years ago you were not giving away books.

  4. Happy 29th birthday to Micah. What a wonderful day you have, to celebrate his birthday (if from a distance) and give away books. The only book on the list I’ve read is the one you are giving away. I’m delighted, of course, that you chose a Minnesota author. Can’t wait to read your follow-up post (hint, hint) about the give away. Have fun. Oh, I know you will.

  5. Happy Birthday to your Micah (who’s only a few years younger than my Marshall; gotta love those sons!). Great project for the book giveaway!

  6. Happy Birthday to your dear son, Beth Ann! How cool that his B-day just happens to fall on World Book Night. I know you’ll do an outstanding job giving away books, and I’m sure just the right folks will appear to receive them. Way to go!

  7. Happy 29th Birthday to your son!
    Such a great idea!!! I have read 2 of the books.. 🙂

  8. That’s so exciting! I’ve read a number of the books on the list. What an honor to give away your book! Hope you’re off doing that right NOW!

  9. I didn’t know Micah and Bailey share a birthday. She turned one this year.


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