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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Are you a Giver? US World Book Night Titles Announced

Well folks, that day is finally upon us: the day they announce what books are going to be distributed for World Book Night, US, and the day they start taking applications for bookgivers.

On U.S. World Book Night, 25,000 volunteers sign up to give away 20 copies of one of the available books. Organizers have chosen a diverse list of titles, hoping that each volunteer will be able to walk up to a stranger and say, “I loved this book, I hope you will to.” Volunteers must be 16 or over and can sign up online.

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

If you have a love for one or more of these titles, we hope you’ll volunteer to be a giver! We also encourage you to read (or re-read) some of these titles so they can become conversation starters!

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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: 

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They’re here, now where are you? 30 Titles for World Book Night USA

And World Book Night USA winners are . . . .

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Blood Work by Michael Connelly

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
(a Spanish-language edition, La breve y maravillosa vida de Óscar Wao, will also be made available)

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

The Stand by Stephen King

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Just Kids by Patti Smith

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Click here to learn more about the books

Giver Application and the World Book Night titles

World Book Night USA has announced its titles!  Now you have a chance to become a giver. WBN, US is looking for 50,000 passionate book lovers from all over the country to give copies of one of the World Book Night books on April 23, 2012.

Share your love of books and reading with others!

In order to be a giver you must be:

  • 16 or over and resident in the USA
  • Able to collect 20 copies of your chosen book from your local bookshop or library (or have someone who can collect them for you)
  • Committed to giving your books away on or around World Book Night to non or light readers

Givers will be chosen based on where, to whom and why you want to give the books.

Click here to sign up to be a giver

More on World Book Night

According to a recent tweet

wbnamericaWorld Book Night USA

Title announcement this week! We hope you’re as excited as we are! Any guesses for title pics? #wbnamerica #april23
You can follow wbnamerica for more info! Or drop by their website:

http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/  Please drop by next week and find out how to become a book giver and sign up for their mailing list to be the first to find out what books will be given away!

This is an article from The Bookseller that came out a couple days ago.

WBN aims for international expansion

07.12.11 | Benedicte Page

World Book Night founder Jamie Byng has said there is a “very good chance” the book donation event will take place in “dozens” of countries by 2013/14.

The Canongate m.d.’s ambition for major expansion of the event’s international reach was declared at a Downing Street reception last night (6th December), alongside the news that half of the one million books to be given away in the UK in 2012 (April 23rd) will be distributed directly to prisons, hospitals and disadvantaged communities.

World Book Night is already set to take place in the US as well as the UK next year.

Byng said the aim for the UK event in 2012 was to “expand the reach and take it to a new level”, with a priority to “take books to some of the hardest to reach potential readers particularly within UK prisons, libraries and hospitals, care homes and homes for the elderly”.

The remaining 500,000 books will be distributed by 20,000 volunteer members of the public to donate and share as happened at the inaugural event earlier this year. The date to apply to be a donor has been extended to the end of January 2012. World Book Night will work with The Reading Agency to ensure all library authorities receive full sets of books, including prison libraries and hospital libraries, for outreach work, and the event will also link with The Reading Agency’s Reading Groups for Everyone campaign, encouraging recipients and givers to set up groups.

Byng said World Book Night had already signed up over 20% of its aimed-for “World Book Night 50″—50 individual donors, each giving £5,000 to support the event—with a “tremendous response” to the fundraising initiative.

Leading figures from the literary world, the arts, and the literacy sector were present at the reception, which was hosted by Frances Osborne, author of The Bolter and wife of chancellor George Osborne.

Austen and Dickens among the hot picks for World Book Night UK — but wait, World Book Night USA is coming soon!


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.

Copyright All rights reserved by Macs Butterz “Reading by Moonlight”

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)

Get on that plane! Massive Giveaways in the UK during World Book Day and World Book Night

For those of you that didn’t know, yesterday, March 3, was  World Book Day, in the UK (elsewhere internationally, it’s on April 23, but always the 1st Thursday in March for Britian).  WBD launched in 1998, and is focused on school students age 11 and under who are given tokens redeemable for a specially printed £1 books at booksellers across the country. This year, about 600,000 books are ready to be claimed.

The £1 Token (€1.50 in Ireland) equivalent can be redeemed against any book or audiobook worth £2.99 (€3.99) or more (one Book Token per transaction) or exchanged for one of the six specially produced World Book Day £1 (€1.50) Books, while stocks last. Awesome!

On March 5th, World Book Night, a host of literary stars that includes two Nobel Prize winners will walking the Red Carpet at Trafalgar Square where organizers are expecting an audience of 10,000 is expected to show up. Authors expected to read include Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison, John le Carre, Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell, Philip Pullman, Derek Walcott, Sarah Waters, Yann Martel, Seamus Heaney, Mark Haddon and Lee Child.

In addition, about 20,000 volunteers signed up to give away 48 books each, selected from a list of 25, including The Life of PI, All Quite on the Western Front, Rachel’s Holiday, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Beloved, Dissolution, and The Blind Assassin. Those books have been shipped to distribution centers, and will shortly be handed off to those who are giving them away. Awesome!

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