Saturday, November 10, 2012
By Ben Beagle
The second World Book Night USA will once more have a past “A Tale for Three Counties” title among its book giveaways next spring.
Hillary Jordan’s “Mudbound,” the 2011 selection for the community reading project in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, is among 30 books revealed Thursday for World Book Night, an international project in which volunteers will hand out hundreds of thousands of free books.
“I’m tremendously honored, and thrilled that ‘Mudbound’ will be exposed to so many new readers,” Jordan said. “Books change lives and open minds; they certainly have for me. I feel like the more people there are reading, the better off we’ll all be.”
The project debuted earlier this year in the United States, after being founded in Britain in 2010. Among the 30 titles given away in the U.S. this past April was Leif Enger’s “Peace Like a River,” the first title to be featured in the Tale project back in 2003.
Leslie DeLooze, the librarian at Batavia’s Richmond Memorial Library who started Tale for Three Counties, said it was great news that a second author from Tale was included among the World Book Night selections.
“Watching Tale for Three Counties’ books being selected for a nationwide reading campaign like World Book Night is a validation to our choices and to the amount of work that we put in to choose a quality work of fiction,” DeLooze said. “This is great to see.”
World Book Night selections make up a varied list of classics, best-sellers, award winners and other beloved titles. The list includes Tina Fey’s “Bossypants,” Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” Michael Lewis’ “Moneyball,” Mark Twain’s “Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and Tracy Chevalier’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring.”
Titles also come from John Grisham, Alexander McCall Smith and Nora Roberts. Two books will be available in English and Spanish: Sandra Cisneros’ “The House on Mango Street” and Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist.”
The choices represent “a slightly more accessible, commercial tilt” than the 2012 titles, but also have “the diversity of voice and surprise that we know you and the givers want and expect,” Carl Lennertz, executive director of Wold Book Night U.S., said.
World Book Night is an effort to get good books into the hands of the public. On April 23, 2013, tens of thousand of volunteers will hand out 500,000 books to light or non-readers who are not likely to have the means or access to printed books.
“I love the large-scale participation — booksellers, librarians, publishers, volunteers — of people who are pasisonate about books,” Jordan said.
Bookstores wishing to participate in World Book Night have until Dec. 1 to submit a Bookstore Marketing Agreement that affirms their commitment to be a site where individual book givers can both meet and pick up their books and also commits to be an active promote of World book Night in their communities.
Present Tense in Batavia, The Book Shoppe in Medina and Lift Bridge Books in Brockport all participated in the 2012 event.
Readers who want to be book givers can apply online at worldbooknight.org through Jan. 23, 2013, by answering a few questions and picking a book title to give out from the list of 30 titles.
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Courtesy of Batavia Newspapers Corporation