World Book Night USA will be celebrated on Monday, April 23, which is also William Shakespeare’s birthday. On World Book Night, thousands of people all across the USA will give away free copies of one of 30 titles. That’s right, free books. It’s all part of an international effort to promote print books and literacy and reading.
Last year’s first World Book Night, held in the UK, was by all reports, fabulous. So, if someone like Ann Klefstad or hbh1 or myself walks up to you Monday evening and hands you a book, you know why. I’ll be giving away free copies of A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick in both Supetown and in Duluth, as it is set in northern Wisconsin and the place itself is so much a part of the plot. Here’s an article former Duluthian Laurie Hertzel wrote about World Book Night USA.
I’d like to point out that Carl Lennertz, the big cheese at World Book Night headquarters in NYC, told Hertzel that one of his “top five favorite applications” to be a World Book Night giver was from a Duluth, Minn. cabbie! Ramos, was it you?