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Here are the upcoming WWK interviews for the month of July!

July 4th Christopher Huang, A Gentleman's Murder

July 11th V. M. Burns, The Plot Is Murder

July 18th Edith Maxwell (Maddie Day), Death Over Easy

July 25th Shari Randall, Against The Claw

Our July Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 7/7--Mary Feliz, 7/14--Annie Hogsett, 7/21--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/28--Kait Carson.

Our special bloggers for the fifth Monday and Tuesday of July--Kaye George and Paula Gail Benson.

Please welcome two new members to WWK--Annette Dashofy, who will blog on alternative Sundays with Jim Jackson, and Nancy Eady, who will blog on every fourth Monday. Thanks for blogging with us Annette and Nancy!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Carla Damron's quirky short story, "Subplot", was published in the Spring edition of The Offbeat Literary Journal. You can find it here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/volume-18-spring-2018/

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), was published on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here. He's working on Seamus McCree #6 (False Bottom)

Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in July 31, 2018.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

World Book Night

Spreading the love of reading, person to person

This evening, Tuesday, April 23, approximately 25,000 volunteers will give away free books to light or non-readers in 6,200 towns and cities across the U.S. The goal is to encourage more adults to read. Books will be distributed in diverse places such as nursing homes, U.S. military bases, mass transit systems, food pantries and hospitals.

Books for this event are chosen ahead of time by an independent panel of booksellers and librarians and must meet certain criteria. For instance, books should be easily available and in paperback. This year’s list consists of around thirty contemporary and classic books representing a range of genres. Look Again by Lisa Scottoline, Bossypants by Tina Fey, and Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451 are some of the titles that will be distributed. These books are specially produced and not for resale. Publishers pay the production cost and authors contribute by waiving their royalties.

Volunteer “givers” who want to hand out books need to submit an application well in advance of World Book Night. Applications are vetted and givers chosen based in part on location and commitment to handing out books to light or non-readers. Then, a week before the event, they pick up a box of twenty of the same book at a bookstore or library close to their home. Why twenty of the same book and not a selection? Organizers want the person who hands out the book to have read it, love it, and be passionate when speaking about the book.
World Book Night is celebrated every year on April 23 because it is UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) International Day of the Book. It is also Shakespeare’s Birthday as well as the day author Miguel de Cervantes died.

Have you taken part in World Book Night? What is your favorite book that you would like everyone to read?

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U.K. and Ireland



James Montgomery Jackson said...

What an interesting idea, and one I had not heard of. I wonder how many of the books are read and how many of the recipients read other books.

As a reader it always surprises me when I visit someone's house and see no evidence that they read anything.

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

I've never heard of it either, Kara. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. I can't imagine a world without books or how people get through the day without reading. Nonreaders don't value reading and consider it a waste of time. To me that shows an incredible lack of depth.

My kids don't read much. Sometimes I wonder about the era in which they grew up. Video games took hold during the 1990s, which my son embraced as a teenager. Neither has time for games or reading since they work all the time. At least they picked up one good habit from me. They both go to the gym and work out on their off hours.

Paula Gail Benson said...

Thanks so much for telling us about this event. I'm going to see if I can get our community involved next year!

Shari Randall said...

Hi Kara,
Thanks for sharing the news about this amazing event. What a wonderfully eclectic selection of books given away - everything from A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court to Salvage the Bones.

Kara Cerise said...

That's a good question, Jim. There's a page on the World Book Night website with personal experiences from the participants but I don't know if they track the numbers.

Kara Cerise said...

E.B., I hadn't hear of this either until I received an email from my local library.

Maybe today’s kids would read a story if it was 140 characters like a tweet. That would be a challenge for a short story writer.

Kara Cerise said...

Paula, I hope you are able to get your community involved with World Book Night. I would like to be a “giver” one year.

Kara Cerise said...

Shari, I was impressed with the wide selection of books, too. There are some that I haven't read and now they are on my TBR list.

Gloria Alden said...

I hadn't heard of this event, but I know there was something similar a few years ago that maybe is still going on. It was a pass it on movement where after you've read a book - mostly paperbacks, I think, you would leave it in a public place; a bus stop, a coffee shop, the airport, etc. for someone else to pick up and read.

I can't imagine a life without books and reading, either, but of my four kids - and I read to them, too, - only the oldest devoured books like I did. The other three claim they don't have time. As for other young people, when I'm waiting for a plane and especially on a plane when all devices have to be turned off, I do see a lot of people reading books, young ones, too.

Warren Bull said...

I have heard of this before and it is an excellent idea.

Carla Damron said...

Very cool idea. Thanks for letting us know.

Linda Rodriguez said...

I've always wanted to take part in World book Night and give away books, but it always seems to conflict with something I already have on my calendar. Maybe next year!

Thanks for giving this really worthy project more exposure, Kara!

Kara Cerise said...

Gloria, I hadn’t heard of it before but the pass it on movement sounds like a neat idea. I leave current magazines in public places for other people to read. Maybe I should leave paperback books, too.

I agree that World Book Night is a terrific event, Warren and Carla!

Linda, I'm impressed how many volunteers take part in the event. It must be a great feeling to share a love of reading by handing out books.