Downtown Dallas Inc., advocates of developing and promoting Downtown Dallas, and World Book Night, a nonprofit group of authors, publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians and readers, are joining forces for the good of reading. Indulge your love of literacy alongside people from around the metroplex and around the world.
World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23, (or close to it) tens of thousands of people in the U.S. go out into their communities and give a total of half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers.
The list holds all types of big book names from The Kite Runner to The Hunger Games. These books will be distributed free to the people who applied all over the country earlier to be book givers on Monday. Other books are The Alchemist, Fahrenheit 451, City of Thieves, The Handmaid’s Tale, Girl With a Pearl Earring, La Casa en Mango Street, Good Omens, The Lightning Thief, and many, many more. For a list of the free books, see The 2013 Books.
Why April 23?
April 23 is the UNESCO International World Book and Copyright Day, as well as Shakespeare’s birthday! April 23rd was also chosen for World Book Day to honor of Miguel de Cervantes, (you remember Miguel, who wrote Don Quixote?) who died on April 23, 1616 (the same day as Shakespeare). In the Catalan region of Spain, the day is celebrated by giving a book and a flower to a loved one. World Book Night was first celebrated in the UK and Ireland in 2011; in 2012, it was also celebrated in the USA and Germany.
It is no coincidence that the World Book Night coincides with Shakespeare’s birth and death date. It is a day to celebrate literacy and the joy that can be found in a good story. The day is meant not only to promote reading but printed books as well. Thousands of people will be cracking open a book the old-fashioned way on Wednesday night in Dallas at Campisi’s.
Rescheduled to April 24
The April 23rd Dallas event had been scheduled for Tuesday night, but due to the rain (we need rain!), was rescheduled for April 24, Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Campisi’s (not Main Street Garden).
Pizza and Books at Campisi’s
Free books! Grab a pizza pie (great pizza, great everything at Campisi’s!) and a book and some fun literary (and not so literary) conversation Wednesday night.
Rafe tries to break every rule in his school's oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum in class-5,000 points! Running in the hallway-10,000 points! Pulling the fire alarm-50,000 points! But when Rafe's game starts to catch up with him, he'll have to decide if winning is all that matters, or if he's finally ready to face the rules, bullies, and truths he's been avoiding. By James Patterson
This is the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the world in search of treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the exotic markets of Tangiers and then into the Egyptian desert, where a fateful encounter with the alchemist awaits him. The Alchemist is a story about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts and, above all, following our dreams. by Paulo Coelho
City of Thieves
During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible. by David Benioff, who is also a screenwriter for HBO's Game of Thrones
Girl With a Pearl Earring
Tracy Chevalier transports readers to a bygone time and place in this richly-imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings. History and fiction merge seamlessly in this luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the story of sixteen-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius ... even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil. by Tracy Chevalier
The Handmaid's Tale
In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies?
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now....
Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once a scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force for the mature and adventurous reader. by Margaret Atwood
The Lightning Thief
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school ... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now Percy and his friends have just 10 days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.
But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: He must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. by Rick Riordan
Me Talk Pretty One Day
"It's a pretty grim world when I can't even feel superior to a toddler." Welcome to the curious mind of David Sedaris, where dogs outrank children, guitars have breasts, and French toddlers unmask the inadequacies of the American male. Sedaris inhabits this world as a misanthrope chronicling all things petty and small. In Me Talk Pretty One Day Sedaris is as determined as ever to be nobody's hero--he never triumphs, he never conquers--and somehow, with each failure, he inadvertently becomes everybody's favorite underdog. by David Sedaris
The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist. by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman