Tuesday, April 23, Shakespeare’s birthday, volunteers across the U.S. and in Europe gave away thousands of paperback books with the goal of increasing interest in reading for light or non-readers.
An independent panel chooses the books, which are in any genre, modern or classic. Authors waive their royalties, and publishers agree to pay the cost of producing the special editions for World Book Night.
Los Alamos volunteer Inez Ross distributed books along Central Avenue. Because Los Alamos currently has no bookstore, WBN had not sent Ross the box of books for her to distribute. She emailed WBN to ask where her books were and asked for them to be sent to her house, but believing they could not possibly arrive in time, she decided to donate her own hard cover detective book “Perilous Pursuit on the Santa Fe Trail” and had Aspen Copies do a windproof vinyl poster that could be used next year.
At noon Tuesday, World Book Night, Federal Express delivered the carton of “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Tracy Chevalier. Ross, with the help of friends Louisa and Lucy, delivered free books to Aspen Ridge, Sombrillo, Mesa Public Library, Los Alamos National Bank, Curves, the Senior Center, and also gave out books across from the Post Office.
Thanks to Ruby K’s Bagel Café. book distributors also had a warm locale for distributing and discussing literature with patrons there.
Copies of “Girl with a Pearl Earring” are gone, but Ross’ book can be obtained by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org … no longer free, but at a greatly reduced cost, in honor of World Book Night.