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.
What is World Book Night?
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.
What are the free books?
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.
See you Wednesday night!
WHAT: World Book Night
WHEN: Wed. April 24, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
WHERE: Campisi’s Restaurant, Downtown
1520 Elm St.,
Dallas, TX, 75201