On April 23rd World Book Night will begin for the first time in the United States. It is a world-wide project to put books in the hands of needy readers for free. Over one million books are targeted to be given away in a single day. The Book Beat (26010 Greenfield Oak Park MI 48237) will serve as one of the distribution or pick-up points for the Detroit area. We will be distributing books to a selected group of “givers” on April 16th, one week in advance of the event. If you are a giver and have chosen Book Beat as your distribution point, we will be sending out an email soon to announce the distribution date.
World Book Night is an annual celebration designed to spread a love of reading and books. To be held in the U.S. as well as the U.K. and Ireland on April 23, 2012. It will see tens of thousands of people go out into their communities to spread the joy and love of reading by giving out free World Book Night paperbacks.
World Book Night, through social media and traditional publicity, will also promote the value of reading, of printed books, and of bookstores and libraries to everyone year-round.
A list of chosen World Book Night paperback titles can also be found HERE.
Help spread the word through the World Book Night Facebook page! Also, on the day of the event we encourage everyone to pass along any books from your own personal collections in order to spread the gift of reading even more. Give a book to friend or stranger! Make it a fun day to remember! If you are a teacher or educator, please consider a classroom program geared toward making April 23rd an awareness day for books, reading and literacy.
April 23 is also a symbolic day in world literature. Declared as International Day of the Book by UNESCO in 1995, this celebration of books and literature draws it’s inspiration from a Catalan tradition, the Festival of the Rose.
Legend has it that Saint George, Patron Saint of Catalonia and international knight-errant, slew a dragon about to devour a beautiful Catalan princess. From the dragon’s blood sprouted a rosebush, from which the hero plucked the prettiest rose for the princess. Hence the traditional Rose Festival celebrated in Barcelona since the Middle Ages to honor chivalry and love. In 1923, this lover’s “festa” became even more poetic when it merged with “el dia del llibre”, or The Day of the Book, to mark the nearly simultaneous deaths of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, the two giants of literary history, on April 23, 1616.
On this day in Barcelona, bookstalls and street festivities run the length of the picturesque La Rambla, the old city’s main boulevard and, according to the Spanish author Garcia Lorca, “the only street in the world which I wish would never end”. Read more about this tradition at: DRAGON’S BLOOD & BOOKS- A SPRING FESTIVAL