South Campus Library is participating in World Book Night 2014! The library has copies of the following four books to distribute on April 23rd:
- After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
- Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
- Zora and Me by Victoria Bond & T.R. Simon
If you would like to read any of these, or give one to a friend or family member, please stop by the library that day. We would also be happy to tell you more about the book!
Here is some information about World Book Night from the organization’s website (http://us.worldbooknight.org ):
What is World Book Night?
World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23 –Shakespeare’s birthday– tens of thousands of people in the U.S. go out into their communities and give a total of half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers.
Why April 23?
April 23 is the UNESCO International Day of the Book, as well as Shakespeare’s birthday! It was also chosen in honor of Miguel de Cervantes, who died on April 23, 1616 (the same day as Shakespeare). In the Catalan region of Spain, the day is celebrated by giving a book and a flower to a loved one. World Book Night was first celebrated in the UK and Ireland in 2011.
How are the books chosen?
An independent panel of booksellers and librarians selects the books, using lists curated by experts in the bookselling and library world.
The World Book Night U.S. books must meet the following criteria:
- Accessible books of quality.
- Recently-published books as well as established classics.
- Books available in paperback.
- Any genre of book – fiction, mysteries, romance, SF/fantasy, classics, poetry, humor, autobiography, and young adult books.
- The list overall must have a gender, ethnic, and geographical balance.
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