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Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Sunday Salon and... The Night Reserved for Readers



Welcome to The Sunday Salon! Pour yourself a cup of java, pull up a chair and relax. It's that time of the week we chat about books and bookish things! And today we are talking a load of books...

Imagine a night devoted to readers... All over the world, just one night that book lovers spread the joy of reading to one another. A night to encourage non-readers and sometimes readers to read a good book. A book you just think everyone should read! Could there be such a night? YES!

World Book Night is an event to spread the love of reading! Authors waive their royalties and publishers pay the costs of producing special editions of pre-selected books to be distributed that special night, which is April 23rd of each year. April 23rd happens to be Shakespeare's birthday & UNESCO International day of the book. It was chosen in honor of Cervantes, who died on this date, and whose death inspired the Catalan region of Spain's tradition of giving a book and a flower to a loved on on this date.

World Book Night U.S. is a celebration of books and reading held on April 23, when 25,000 passionate volunteers across America give a total of half a million books within their communities to those who don’t regularly read. In 2012, World Book Night was celebrated in the U.S., the UK, Ireland, and Germany and saw over 80,000 people gift more than 2.5 million books.

Each year 30 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. Readers fill out an application to become a volunteer to hand out 20 copies of a particular book they have read and feel passionate about. Volunteers will pick up their books from a preselected drop off spot, usually a local bookstore or library, the week before. And it is a lot of fun! Last year 3 of my book club members and myself were approved to distribute books. We landed at a local grocery store, had special t-shirts made up for the occasion, brought a table, made posters and talked books with everyone who went in and out of the store. We distributed 80 books... The Hunger Games, The Lovely Bones, The Book Thief and Little Bee!

I've filled out my application to be a volunteer this year, AND YOU can too! Applications are being accepted until January 25th! You can find the details at World Book Night 2013. Included in the details  are the rules & guidelines, a link to the 30 books, and at the very bottom of the page is a link to the application, which you fill out online and submit.

Curious about the books? Here's the list of this years books...


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
City of Thieves by David Benioff
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
La Casa en Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros -translated by Elena Poniatowska
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
El Alquimista by Paulo Coelho
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster; illustrated by Jules Feiffer
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson
Population 485 by Michael Perry
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Montana Sky by Nora Roberts
Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Favorite American Poems in Large Print edited by Paul Negri

This years selections seem to be broader than last year, with a romance, and murder mystery included among the usual classics and popular fiction.

Did you volunteer last year? Thinking about applying this year? It's a great opportunity to spread the joy of reading! Share your experiences with World Book Night! I'd love to hear about what books you gave away that night! And if you're new to all this, I'd be more than willing to share what I did last year!

Happy reading.... Suzanne

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