Tomorrow night, 25,000 volunteers will be going out to 6,000 towns and cities across America to hand out free books in the name of spreading the love of reading, person to person. This is the second year of World Book Night U.S. and it so fittingly falls on Shakespeare’s birthday.
The idea of World Book Night is to encourage light to non-readers to read more by literally putting a book in their hands. I’ll be in Old Town Fort Collins looking for teenage boys and girls to give them a copy of Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
Any time I can inspire a child or teen to read, I feel good knowing that a brain has been woken up to the written word, and that a spark may be ignited for the quest more knowledge. As an author, it’s my obligation to create new readers. Thank you World Book Night – and local book distributor Old Firehouse Books – for providing a simple way for me to participate in the literacy movement.