From Kodiak, Alaska, to Key West, Florida, in 6,000 towns and cities across America, volunteers will give away half a million free books on one day: April 23, 2012. Some of the volunteers will be picking up their books at our bookstore and then going out into the community in order to share them in locations as diverse as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, ballparks, mass transit, diners, and more.
World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give away a half million free, specially printed books across America. Volunteer book lovers will help promote reading by going out and personally giving free copies of a book they enjoy to new or light readers, reaching them especially in underserved places - and even some fun spots.
Main Street Books in Frostburg is proud to be a partner in the first World Book Night in the U.S., following the impressive launch of this campaign by our bookselling and publishing colleagues in the UK and Ireland last year. Locally, the books will be given away at Dante's on Main Street and Frostburg Cinema 1-2-3 in Frostburg, residence halls at Garrett College, two Allegany public schools and many other locations. (For a complete list of locations, call Main Street Books at 301-689-5605).
Anna Quindlen, the U.S. campaign’s Honorary National Chairperson, said: “What’s better than a good book? A whole box of them, and the opportunity to share them with new readers. The idea behind World Book Night is inspired, and as a writer and a reader I’m thrilled to be part of it.”
Sherman Alexie, author of the World Book Night U.S. 2012 pick The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, said: “This is a celebration of the individual book and the individual reader. I am honored to take part.”
Also a World Book Night U.S. author, for her book Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo added: “It makes perfect sense to me that World Book Night will take place in spring. Extending your hand to give someone a book, a story, is a gesture of hope and joy. It is a chance for all of us, givers and receivers, to break into blossom.”
The books were chosen by a panel of booksellers and librarians through several rounds of voting. The printing of the free books was possible due to generosity of the authors, publishers, and book manufacturing companies.
The 30 World Book Night U.S. titles for 2012, alphabetical by author, are: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Ballantine) Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger (Da Capo) Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (Beacon Press) Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (Tor) Little Bee by Chris Cleave (Simon & Schuster) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic) Blood Work by Michael Connelly (Grand Central) The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz (Riverhead); a Spanish-language edition, La breve y maravillosa vida de Óscar Wao (Vintage Espanol), will also be made available. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick) Zeitoun by Dave Eggers (Vintage) Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (Grove Atlantic) A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick (Algonquin) Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton (Berkley) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead) A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (Ballantine) The Stand by Stephen King (Anchor) The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (Perennial) The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (W.W. Norton) The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (Mariner) The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (Mariner) Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (Perennial) My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (Atria) Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson (Picador) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Back Bay) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Broadway) Just Kids by Patti Smith (Ecco) The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (Scribner) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
World Book Night will take place on April 23, 2012, in the U.K., U.S., and Germany, with thousands of volunteers going out into their communities to give away special World Book Night free paperbacks. World Book Night in the U.S. is a non-profit organization, and has 501(c)3 charitable status. World Book Night U.S. is supported by publishers, Barnes & Noble, the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, Ingram Content Group, United Parcel Services, and fifteen printers and paper companies; a full list of sponsors is at our website.