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World Book Night U.S. Announces 2013 Book Picks And Chairpeople

Posted at 5:46PM Thursday 08 Nov 2012

World Book Night U.S. has announced its new honorary national chairpeople — bestselling authors Ann Patchett and James Patterson — and the WBN 2013 U.S. book picks. In addition, World Book Night U.S. has opened the online application process for those wishing to become volunteer book givers next spring.

World Book Night U.S. is part of an ambitious global campaign to encourage reading. World Book Night U.K., where this program first began in 2010, also announced its book list and giver application process this week.           

In the U.S., a half million free books will be handed out in towns and cities across America all on one day — April 23, 2013 — by enlisting 25,000 volunteer book lovers to help promote reading by going into their communities and personally handing out specially printed copies to light or non-readers and to those without the means or access to printed books.

James Patterson said: "In my experience, when people like what they are doing, they do more of it. This is the genius of World Book Night — it gets people reading by connecting them with amazing, enjoyable books. I'm honored to be a part of it."

"I'm very proud to be a part of World Book Night," Ann Patchett added.  "As both a writer and a bookseller, I'm all in favor of getting books into the hands of people who might not otherwise have access to them."

Carl Lennertz, World Book Night U.S. Executive Director, commented: "I am over the moon with happiness that Jim and Ann have agreed to join our wonderful cause! I know that booksellers, librarians, and our volunteer book givers will be thrilled to have these two beloved authors support our reading and literacy effort in the United States in our second year."

The 30 World Book Night U.S. titles for 2013, chosen by an independent panel of booksellers and librarians, were also announced. Thousands of copies of each World Book Night title will be printed as special, not-for-resale paperbacks.

Lennertz added: "This isn't a best-books-of-all-time list; these are contemporary or classic books that appeal to a wide range of new readers. We looked for diversity and variety in all things: subject matter, age level, gender, as well as ethnic and geographic considerations. Last year's givers also got to nominate books. This is a beautiful mix with, I hope, some old friends and nice surprises! And we thank the authors, who have agreed to waive royalties on the World Book Night editions."

The Ray Bradbury Estate told WBN organizers that: "Because Ray Bradbury always encouraged and promoted reading books, his family is honored that Fahrenheit 451 will be part of such a wonderful event as World Book Night."


The 30 World Book Night U.S. titles for 2013, alphabetical by author, are:

The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood (Anchor Books/Random House)

City of Thieves, David Benioff (Plume/Penguin Book Group)

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (Simon & Schuster Paperbacks)

My Antonia, Willa Cather (public domain; edition tbd)

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier (Plume/Penguin Book Group)

The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros (Vintage/Random House) - also in Spanish

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho (HarperOne/HarperCollins) - also in Spanish

The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Ballantine Books/Random House)

The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan (Mariner Books/HoughtonMifflinHarcourt)

Bossypants, Tina Fey (Regan Arthur/Back Bay Books)

Still Alice, Lisa Genova (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster)

Looking for Alaska, John Green (Speak/Penguin Book Group)

Playing for Pizza, John Grisham (Dell/Random House)

Mudbound, Hillary Jordan (Algonquin Books/Workman Publishing)

The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster (Yearling/Random House)

Moneyball, Michael Lewis (W.W. Norton)

The Tender Bar, J.R. Moehringer (Hyperion)

Devil in a Blue Dress, Walter Mosley (Washington Square Press/Simon & Schuster)

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, James Patterson (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Population: 485, Michael Perry (HarperPerennial/HarperCollins)

Good Omens, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman (HarperTorch/HarperCollins)

The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan (Disney)

Montana Sky, Nora Roberts (Jove/Penguin Book Group)

Look Again, Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin's)

Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris (Back Bay Books/Little, Brown)

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor Books/Random House)

Glaciers, Alexis M. Smith (Tin House Books)

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain (public domain; edition tbd)

Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury)

Favorite American Poems; Large Print edition, various authors (Dover)


Volunteer book givers may apply at now through January 23, 2013, by providing answers to several questions and picking a book title to give out from the World Book Night U.S. 2013 list.

U.S. Executive Director Lennertz said: "We believe that the wide range of books being offered will appeal to our volunteer book givers and, in turn, to a half million new readers."

For More Information, Contact: Sandi Mendelson—(212) 725-7707

World Book Night in the U.S. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. World Book Night is also celebrated in the U.K., where it originated in 2010, and in Ireland and Germany. The campaign is supported by bookstores, libraries, authors, and publishers nationwide.    

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