World Book Night (WBN), held annually on April 23, is designed to help spread the joy and love of reading, while giving out special edition paperbacks by renowned, award winning authors. Among some of this year’s WBN special edition authors are Agatha Christie, Diane Ackerman, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Malcolm Gladwell, Sharon Lathan, Katherine Paterson, Vincent Pratchett, Esmeralda Santiago and Anthony Bourdain. The first celebration of World Book Night was in 2011, located in the UK and Ireland. In 2012, the United States and Germany joined in the commemoration of this annual event.
According to the World Book Night mission, “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. Each year, 30 to 35 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers.”
About Kym Gordon Moore
Kym Gordon Moore is an award winning poet, author, community outreach advocate and marketing communications specialist. Her mission is to help encourage reading and writing, while increasing the awareness of how crippling illiteracy can affect communities, families, the country and economy. She appeared on various media outlets to discuss poetry, education and how individuals can make a positive difference in their community. Visit her website at www.kymgmoore.com and connect with her through her social media channels. For more information about World Book Night, check out their website at http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/