In less than a month, more than 10,000 community volunteers will venture out into their cities and towns, armed with a total of 500,000 paperback books. These books, intended for “light and non-readers,” feature both beloved classics and up-and-coming debut titles, but the point of every book is the same: reach the people and turn them into readers.
“World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways—through the sharing of stories.”
Relying heavily on donations and on the support of people who share the news, World Book Night 2014–slated, as always, for April 23rd–received a huge publicity boost with the announcement that actress and comedienne Amy Pohler will host this year’s event.
In addition to the volunteers both famous and unknown, Good e-Reader will be delivering books for the third year in a row, showing the community as a whole its support for reading. Past titles that our staffers have delivered include The Book Thief and Fahrenheit 451, both classics in their own right. This year, staffers will be delivering the current favorite Sunrise Over Fallujah, by Walter Dean Myers, to inmates incarcerated in a local correctional facility. The choice of location is especially poignant considering the recent proposals in certain countries to block inmates’ access to books.