There is an exciting book event happening this spring, across this whole wide country of ours (as well as the U.K., Ireland and Germany). It's called World Book Night 2013! The idea is that on one night, throughout America, 1 million books will be given away by hand by tens of thousands of people. Authors and publishers have enthusiastically agreed to print over 30 thousand copies of 30 different titles, to be delivered to pick-up locations throughout the country -- mostly independent bookstores and libraries. Individual readers will sign up to be Givers who agree to hand deliver 20 copies of a title of their choice to strangers in locations outside of their homes, their bookstores, and their libraries. It may be a park, a prison, a school, a hospital, an intersection, an airplane, a bus.
You can sign up as a Giver, choose DIESEL as your pick-up location, and choose from this year's title list. World Book Night 2013 is April 23rd, which is UNESCO's World Book Day and is the day of both Miguel de Cervantes' death and William Shakespeare's birth and death.
In 2011, this was done in the U.K. and Ireland with astounding results and last year the U.S. joined in, with great success. The deadline for signing up as a Giver is January 23rd! Please take the time to go to the World Book Night 2012 website and sign up to be a Giver. You can see video footage from last year's event on the site as well, to get a sense of the joy created by this generous sharing of the love of reading between strangers.
The World Book Night 2013 website is here. The direct link to the sign up form is here. Please put DIESEL as your registered pick-up location and let's make this event one of the biggest and best feel-good events of the year!
Encourage your friends, your mayor, the media, your family, your favorite organizations -- all of them! -- to sign up and join to help to make this as big an event as we can! It will take all of us to work together to get books into the hands of those who least expect them.
John and all Dieselfolk