Today is World Press Freedom Day, Hug a Journalist!

Freedom of the Press isn’t Free.

Journalists die for it.

Almost Every Day.


If you live in a country where freedom of the press is taken for granted and the only time you really think about journalists is when there’s a “John King screws up” moment and you hear about it from Jon Stewart on late night tv, lucky you!

So far this year journalists/media workers have been killed at a rate of approx 1.5 a week this year.  If you’d like to hear from the reporters themselves (most working in countries not very press friendly) on the various issues they face and their take on freedom of the press and what hampers it or endangers it, check out UNESCOs videos for WPF Day 2013.

You can read more about the individuals that died and learn more about the issues journalists face and the countries of most danger for journalists at the International News Safety Institute. But here is just the past April’s list

Women reporting war face a whole other set of safety issues, which you can read more about here. AND if you’d like to read a great book on women journalists on the frontlines WHILE supporting INSI’s safety work on behalf of women reporters, pick up a copy of

No Woman’s Land: On the Frontlines with Female Reporters


Your Year of the Snake Fortune Foretold

Whatever You Do!

萬事如意 – “May all your wishes be fulfilled!”

WBN 2013 – Last Chance To Be A Giver!


Each year on April 23rd, 25,000 passionate readers spread their love of reading by sharing 20 FREE World Book Night U.S. paperbacks to people within their communities who are light or non-readers, especially people who may not have access to printed books for reasons of means or geography.

On April 23, last year, U.S. Givers personally handed out half a million printed books in 5,800 towns and cities across the country. This year . . . . be a part of the fun!

Interested in becoming a WBN U.S. Giver? Fill out the World Book Night U.S. online application; click here to begin. You will be asked what your first, second, and third book choices are, why you wish to share these books, and where you will go to personally hand out the books.

You must apply by January 25, 2013.

Thank you for supporting World Book Night U.S.!

2013 Book List (Choose Your Top 3 to Give From Here)

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

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World Book Night 2013, prepare for a howling good time!

Go ahead, be loud, be proud, and set your inner reader loose!

For all you WBN friends and supporters, this is the latest news.

WBN is planning a whole crop of big, late October announcements.

They have an all-new website in the final stages of design, the books for 2013 are chosen, there are new honorary co-chairs to announce, and national media is all lined up.

They will be emailing folks on their lists (as well as notifications on Facebook and by tweet) when the giver application goes live. Once the process opens, you don’t need to rush to apply.  Check out the book list when it’s posted, and start thinking now about where you want to go to personally hand out books on April 23, 2013.

Of note: This year WBN will see a log-in process. They would like you to create a user name and password so both you and WBN can track applications very carefully. It got a bit chaotic last year.

The new WBN website will go up the day of the announcements; the current WBN website is the old one.

You’ll have all of November and into December to enter a thoughtful application, give WBN time to read them, and then they’ll have more exciting news – and of course another amazing time together again in April 2013.

WBN has posted another giver video from 2012!  Check it out: 

Published in: on October 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM  Leave a Comment  
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