Have you heard of World Book Night? Are you participating? My family (Tim and the three kiddos) are handing out FREE books tomorrow night during the 2014 World Book Night! Once we were sent in our application last Fall, and were selected, we could choose several from a list of books that we might want, and then, the organization assigned one to us.
I am very happy that we’ll be handing out The Zookeeper’s Wife, by Diane Ackerman. We have 20 copies, with a special event cover, that will be given to random people around our town of Ashland, Ohio!
We picked up our box last Friday at Main Street Books, the only independent bookstore in Mansfield (Richland County), Ohio, and attended their reception for givers. Thank you to Main Street Books for having us in and for hosting the event! Tim even wore his media badge and wrote a pre-article for World Book Night in our area for an online news source called RichlandSource, where he’s a correspondent.
We are excited to head out tomorrow to pass our books. We’ll probably go to a local shop and hand to employees and leave some at their library at Scenic River Cafe at Buehler’s Fresh Foods in Ashland. We will head to the Eagle’s Nest at the student center at Ashland University. We might stop with a few at the Ashland Public Library. We’ll take some to Associated Charities possibly. We hope to make some rounds around town, promoting literary and offering books. Hopefully, we’ll hear a few stories about reading that I’ll be able to share with you. And of course, photos!
World Book Night Information~
World Book Night U.S. (WBN) is dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. On April 23, 2013, U.S. book givers personally handed out half a million printed books in 6,200 towns and cities across the country. Books are primarily for non-readers, in the hope of encouraging them to read or offering material to those who otherwise might not be able to purchase. You can read more about World Book Night here.
On April 23, 2014, (Shakespeare’s birthday) 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America. WBN is in its third year.
The WBN picks are by a wide array of award-winning and bestselling adult and YA authors, as well as classics, books in Spanish, and books in Large Print. The assortment of 39 WBN titles is based on diversity in subject matter, age level, gender, ethnicity and geography. The books were chosen in a vote by booksellers, librarians, and givers.
New this year, get a FREE e-book full of stories from WBN! Go here and nab it: www.eworldbooknight.org.
Want to follow & share all the book giving awesomeness on social media?
Use the official hashtag #WBN2014.
The Zookeeper’s Wife, Synopsis~
The Zookeeper’s Wife is a strange, but historically true story of WWII. It reveals the extraordinary efforts of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, Christian zookeepers horrified by Nazi racism, who capitalized on the Nazis’ obsession with pureblood animals in order to save over 300 doomed people by hiding them in the bombed-out cages at the Warsaw Zoo. A tale of people, animals, and subversive acts of compassion.
ORION MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES THE WINNER OF THE 2008 ORION BOOK AWARD
“The Zookeeper’s Wife is a groundbreaking work of nonfiction,”said selection committee member Mark Kurlansky, “in which the human relationship to nature is explored in an absolutely original way through looking at the Holocaust.” Kathleen Dean Moore, the committee’s chairperson, said: “A few years ago, ‘nature’ writers were asking themselves, How can a book be at the same time a work of art, an act of conscientious objection to the destruction of the world, and an affirmation of hope and human decency? The Zookeeper’s Wife answers this question.”
Diane Ackerman’s Biography~
See Diane Ackerman’s amazing biography here. Did you know she has a degree from Kenyon College, Ohio folks?