World Book Night is a UK charity. Their mission is to promote books and reading around the world. Back in July, it was announced that WBN will launch in the United States with the goal of giving away 1 million books around the country.
World Book Night is a new innitiative. The first event took place in the UK on March 5, 2011. One million books were given away across the UK and Ireland. The book give-away comprised 40,000 copies of each of the 25 carefully selected titles, and were given away by 20,000 ‘givers’, who each distributed 48 copies of their chosen title to whomever they chose on World Book Night. The remaining books were to be distributed by World Book Night itself in places that might otherwise be difficult to reach, such as prisons and hospitals.
The giver application for WBN 2012 is now open! They are looking for 20,000 passionate book lovers from all over the UK (US will come later) to give copies of one of the WBN to non or light readers within the community. In 2012, World Book Night is moving to April 23 – the UNESCO appointed international day of the book.
In order to be a giver, you must be:
- 16 or over and resident in the UK
- Able to collect 24 copies of your chosen book from your local bookshop or library (or have someone who can collect them for you)
- Commited to giving your books away on or around World Book Night to non or light readers
Now for the list of 25 titles chosen to be part of World Book Night 2012.
The twenty-five titles were selected by a wide-ranging editorial committee, chaired by James Naughtie.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- The Player of Games by Iain M Banks
- Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham
- Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- The Take by Martina Cole
- The Archer’s Tale by Bernard Cornwell
- Someone Like You by Roald Dahl
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- Room by Emma Donoghue
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Misery by Stephen King
- Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
- Small Island by Andrea Levy
- Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
- The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
- The Damned Utd by David Peace