April 23 is World Book Night, an annual event committed to encouraging reading, particularly among light and non-readers. Each April 23--the UNESCO International Day of the Book and Shakespeare’s birthday--thousands of volunteers give away 500,000 new paperback books to people in their communities. The idea started in the United Kingdom in 2011 and the first U. S. World Book Night was celebrated in 2012. More information is available at us.worldbooknight.org.
Besides being 88.9 WCVE’s Artsline producer, I am a serious bibliophile. I volunteered to receive 28 books from On the Strip Radio Network, a division of Entertainment Marketing Group, a World Book Night partner. I am offering one book to any individual who comes to the 88.9 WCVE studios at 23 Sesame Street in Richmond on April 23, 12:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m. First come, first served, so have a second and third choice in mind should your first choice be unavailable.
The following books are available and the number in parentheses is the number of copies available:
- The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan (2)
- Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (2)
- Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (2)
- Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (2)
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by StephenChobsky (2)
- The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (2)
- Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim (2)
- Sunrise over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers (2)
- Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin (2)
- This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolf (4)
- Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan (2)
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed (2)
- Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon (2)