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Giving away half a million books in one night

World Book Night (WBN) is an ambitious campaign to give away half a million books to light and non-readers on one day. This event takes place every year on April 23rd which is Shakespeare's birthday. The event was launched in the UK in 2011 and is now in its third year in the US.

World Book Night 2014
World Book Night.org

The books chosen to be handed out on WBN are written by a variety of bestselling and award winning adult and young adult authors. Titles include some new books, popular fiction, well known classics, books in Spanish and books in large print. The WBN organizers have chosen a very diverse selection of books in a variety of subject matter that they hope will spark everyone's interest and encourage reading.

Starting in October, volunteers applied online to be givers, selecting which book they'd like to hand out and where they intended to find recipients for their books. According to the WBN website, WBN givers comes from all walks of life; teachers, book club members, social workers, first responders, local business people, librarians, book sellers, students, parents and more.

As the Bristol Books Examiner I'm pleased to say I was chosen for the third time to hand out books on World Book Night. This year, I'll be handing "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs.

Soon to be a major motion picture, directed by Tim Burton, this book crosses the line deftly between fantasy and reality. This thrilling mystery has a dash of horror, mixed with science fiction and time travel to create a wondrous tale. The photos included throughout the pages of "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" really bring the story to life and add to the creepiness factor that delights lovers of mystery and horror.

OTHER BOOKS BEING HANDED OUT ON WORLD BOOK NIGHT 2014

The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman (W.W. Norton)

Kitchen Confidential” by Anthony Bourdain (Ecco)

The Weird Sisters” by Eleanor Brown (Berkley)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky (Simon & Schuster)

After the Funeral” by Agatha Christie (William Morrow Paperbacks)

The Ruins of Gorlan: Ranger’s Apprentice Book 1” by John Flanagan (Puffin Books)

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford (Ballantine Books)

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” (in Large Print) by Jamie Ford(Thorndike/Gale; Cengage Learning)

The Lighthouse Road” by Peter Geye (Unbridled Books)

The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell (Back Bay Books)

Wait Till Next Year” by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster)

Catch-22” by Joseph Heller (Simon & Schuster)

The Dog Stars” by Peter Heller (Vintage)

Hoot” by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf)

Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon” by Garrison Keillor (Penguin Books)

Same Difference” by Derek Kirk Kim (First Second Books)

Enchanted” by Alethea Kontis (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Miss Darcy Falls in Love” by Sharon Lathan (Sourcebooks)

Bobcat and Other Stories” by Rebecca Lee (Algonquin Books)

Young Men and Fire” by Norman Maclean (University of Chicago Press)

Tales of the City” by Armistead Maupin (HarperPerennial)

Waiting to Exhale” by Terry McMillan (New American Library)

Sunrise Over Fallujah” by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic)

Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson (HarperTrophy)

The Botany of Desire” by Michael Pollan (Random House)

When I Was Puerto Rican” by Esmeralda Santiago (Da Capo)

Cuando Era Puertorriqueña” by Esmeralda Santiago (Vintage Español)

Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple (Back Bay Books)

Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple in Large Print (Thorndike/Gale; Cengage Learning)

Wild” by Cheryl Strayed (Vintage)

Presumed Innocent” by Scott Turow (Grand Central Publishing)

Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein (Disney Hyperion)

This Boy’s Life” by Tobias Wolff (Grove Atlantic)

100 Best-Loved Poems” edited by Philip Smith (Dover)

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews (Amulet/Abrams)

Zora and Me” by Victoria Bond and T.S. Simon (Candlewick)

The Raven's Warrior” by Vincent Pratchett (YMAA Publications)