Apr 22 2013 5:15pm

Celebrate World Book Night Tonight and Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is The Day of the Book. It’s also the birthday of some guy named William Shakespeare and as such people are celebrating by giving books out for free to celebrate World Book Night. Begun in the UK and Ireland in 2011, World Book Night has now spread to the US and Germany. 

Every year thirty books are choosen by independent booksellers and librarians and then given out for free! This year there are several genre titles including Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens, Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief, Norton Juster’s The Phantom Toolbooth,  and Mark Twain’s time travel classic; A Connnecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

Here in New York City, Tor Books’ own Walter Mosley will be handing out books in Union Square Park! And we hear the ghost of a certain Samuel Clemens might be around! (One of these sentences is a lie.)

Check out The World Book Night website for details and to check out where you can score free books!

1. madozza
Bona diada de Sant Jordi :)

La Diada de Sant Jordi, Saint George's Day, is a Catalan holiday held on 23 April. The main event is the exchange of gifts between sweethearts, loved ones and colleagues. Historically, men gave women roses, and women gave men a book to celebrate the occasion. The legend says that out of the blood of the wounds of the dragon grew a rose tree. Roses have been associated with this day since medieval times, but the giving of books is a more recent tradition originating in 1923, when a bookseller started to promote the holiday as a way to commemorate the nearly simultaneous deaths of Miguel Cervantes and William Shakespeare on 23 April 1616.
2. Rancho Unicorno
I knew there was something I forgot to pick up last night. Ah well - I'll pick up my books on the way over to distribute them.

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