If you live outside of the UK, you probably have no idea what WBN is. If that’s you, head on over to the The Bookseller to read Charlotte Williams Oct 11th post on World Book Night. Or check out WBN’ s website.
What we’re really pleased to say is as of 2012 there will be a World Book Night USA!!! The celebration of World Book Night US will also be on April 23, 2012. On April 23, 50,000 book givers will hand out 20 copies of one of the 25 World Book Night picks in communities across the U.S. Over the course of the night, a total of a million paperbacks will be given away.
They’ve hired a publishing veteran, Carl Lennertz, as their executive director, and as of this week they have a full board of directors. You can read more about that on the ABA site.
Unlike in the UK, and probably because this is new, they aren’t opening the nomination of books to the public. Instead,
A bookseller and librarian panel is taking part in several rounds of voting to choose the titles from a list of books derived from 10 years’ worth of Book Sense/Indie Next Reading Group Picks, Barnes & Noble Discover Picks, ALA Best Book Picks, and Pulitzer and National Book Award winners, which have been cross-referenced with several years of ReadingGroupGuides.com’s most requested guides, as well as the Mystery Writers of America all-time top 100, the Goodreads top 100 adult and top 100 YA, and Above the Treeline’s top paperback bestsellers.
The goal is to announce the final list of 25 books for the US WBN (a blend of fiction and nonfiction as well as books for teens and young readers) by December 1. We are hoping something by Thoreau or Muir makes the list given we celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day around the WBN USA April 23, 2012 date.
WBN USA will also be launching a website soon (That’s a relative term!), which will supposedly have the same book giver registration process as the UK, commencing in December. So, please support reading and printed word, but considering becoming a book giver. When we get the site information, we will pass it along to you.
World Book Night is supported by publishers, Barnes & Noble, the American Booksellers Association, the Association of American Publishers, and Ingram Book Distributors.
The full list of 25 titles for UK WBN:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Vintage)
The Player of Games by Iain M Banks (Little, Brown)
Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham (Little, Brown)
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson (Transworld)
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (HarperCollins)
The Take by Martina Cole (Headline)
Harlequin by Bernard Cornwell (HarperCollins)
Someone Like You by Roald Dahl (Penguin)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (Penguin)
Room by Emma Donoghue (Pan Macmillan)
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (Little, Brown)
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (Faber)
Misery by Stephen King (Hodder)
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (Transworld)
Small Island by Andrea Levy (Headline)
Let the Right One In by John Ajvde Lindqvist (Quercus)
The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Pan Macmillan)
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (Vintage)
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell (Headline)
The Damned Utd by David Peace (Faber)
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman (Transworld)
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (Penguin)
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson (Vintage)
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (Vintage)
The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak (Transworld)