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Thursday, October 24, 2013

World Book Night... and the Choices Are...

Last night was the World Book Night book choices reveal event. It was a live event that you signed in for via the internet, which had so much interest from the reading community that the host site crashed! But the books were revealed anyway, and what an amazing group of titles there are!

Do you know about World Book Night? Well, it's one night of the year, April 23, (It's UNESCO's International Day of the Book, and it's also Shakespeare's birthday) when people all over the world share their passion for reading by giving away books! The event is sponsored by a whole host of people, and 30 - 35 books are chosen to distribute that one night of the year. This is the 3rd year that the United States is participating, all the authors waive their royalties and publishers print these books with special covers all at their own expense. People apply to be Givers, and if you are chosen, you are given 20 copies of the book you picked to distribute the evening of April 23rd! It is so much fun!

Here are the 2014 World Book Night titles...


The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

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 at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Hotel at 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

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

Interested in getting involved? You can learn all about it at the US World Book Night website!

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