World Book Night: who else is in?

I got my email today! I’m going to be a book giver on World Book Night, which is April 23, 2012. I am hoping that I will get to give away my first-choice book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I feel that this is such an important, impressive book, in its subject matter (both medical and social justice), and in its highly engaging and readable narrative treatment (so friendly to nonfiction readers).

I put in my application that I wanted to give books away at Memorial Park, because it’s a space I love and sees high pedestrian traffic. But I’ve been reconsidering. It has occurred to me that the traffic there tends to be pretty affluent, and I’d rather give these books to people less likely to go buy one at the store. I may still be thinking about where to give my books away. I want to pick just the right place.

Did you sign up for World Book Night to be a giver? Did you get your email today? Which book did you choose and where will you be handing them out? Tell me!

And if you haven’t signed up yet – they’ve extended the deadline to do so! You still have until Monday, Feb. 6 (that is THIS Monday) to go here and sign up to give away 20 copies of the book of your choice (well, off their list – and don’t try for Hunger Games, it’s all full up). This is a great event, in my opinion, because it’s all about providing folks with reading material for free – with the idea that the book you put in their hands may change lives. Reading can be such an escape, an educational tool, such fun and comfort and solace, that I want others to be able to join in. Here’s a great way to help them do so.

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  1. Hi there, I’m also a fellow World Book Night Book Giver (whew, that’s a mouthful)! I’ll be passing out The History Of Love by Nicole Krauss. Where? I still haven’t got a clue. I originally planned on giving them away to a retirement or assisted living home, but like you, I realized books are readily available to people living in those environments. I truly want to give the books away to non-regular readers in hopes that it will spark the joy of reading within them. I may travel from bus stop to bus stop to pass them out? Have you since figured out where to share The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks? If so, do tell!

    P.S. Your wedding pictures are great! Such a cool wedding! 🙂

    • Hi Kristina! Thanks for stopping by! I’ve actually decided to give books away at my favorite local bar. Self-serving? Perhaps; but I think it’s got a good demographic, too: young people who should probably read more. Perhaps it will be a test of my “sales” skills! I think it’ll be an interesting experience and am now trying to figure out if I need a sign (probably) and how to make/design it. Hope you have a blast giving out books and I look forward to hearing how it goes! I’ll post up here about it Tuesday or Wednesday; come on back and share your story. I think the bus stop idea is rather genius, by the way.

      Thanks!! Our anniversary was yesterday, as it happens! So we’ve been reliving the good times…

      Glad you stopped by. 🙂

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