World Book Night is an annual celebration designed to spread the joy and love of reading while giving out special edition paperbacks by renowned, award winning authors. Some of the thirty titles of books given away this year were by well-known authors like Steven King (author of The Stand), Alice Sebold (author of Lovely Bones) and Suzanne Collins (author of The Hunger Games). World Book Night volunteers and book recipients made epic history this year since this is the first time this event occurred in the United States. Last year, the UK promoted this book-giving event. Through social media and traditional publicity, World Book Night will also promote the value of reading to everyone year-round.
“Reading is liberating and empowers individuals through knowledge that develops the mind,” says Moore. “Illiteracy can cripple a family, community and nation if we allow it. Reading may not be the typical pastime of enjoyment for everyone, but it is a significant component in expanding the scope of one’s vocabulary, spelling, writing, creativity and conversation. The one element that would be the icing on the cake for me is to finally meet the Renaissance Woman herself, Maya Angelou! This has been a long time dream of mine.”
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is the first book that Kym read that was not required reading for her in high school. She originally read her sister’s copy of the book about 36 years ago and later purchased her personal copy. The title “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” is from the poem “Sympathy,”
Kym Gordon Moore is an award winning poet, author, freelance writer and marketing specialist. She is the co-founder of Favorite Things for a CAUSE (Creating Awareness by Understanding Setbacks through Edification)