Yes, I said free! World Book Night is April 23 and the deadline to register for twenty copies of your chosen book to give to non readers is February 1st. Among the titles on WBN's list are Zusak's The Book Thief, DiCamillo's Because of Winn Dixie, Anderson's Winter Girls, and Collin's Hunger Games. You must be 16 to register and ready to offer a description of who you intend to give the books to and how you will distribute them.
WBN started in the UK in 2011 and this year the US and Ireland have picked up the gauntlet. According to the official World Book Night site, it began as a means to "celebrate a love of reading and books" and "promote the value of reading, of printed books and of bookstores and libraries to everyone year round." An impressive list of publishing industry types are behind this effort, as well as the American Booksellers Association and the American Library Association. Even if this is a thinly disguised tactic to sell books, I support any effort to seed reading addiction.
I write middle grade and young adult books with a magical twist. And creatures, always creatures. I'm represented by the fabulous Leslie Zampetti of Dunham Lit.
Lorin Oberweger - Freelance Editor