April 23 is World Book Night, an annual celebration of reading. Every year, half a million books are given away by an enthusiastic group of volunteers. The event’s goal is to inspire and encourage reading in the adult population by the old-fashioned method of word-of-mouth.
An independent panel of booksellers and librarians compile a varied list of books to be handed out on World Book Night. This year’s selections include sci-fi classics, recently-published YA, and prize-winning crime fiction, among other great titles. Authors who have called Chicago their home are well represented: Waukegan born Ray Bradbury, Chicago native Sandra Cisneros, Second City alum Tina Fey, former WBEZ contributor John Green, and School of the Art Institute graduate David Sedaris are some of the writers who have been selected.
Mare Swallow, our founder and Executive Director, is one of 25,000 book givers this year. On April 23, you can find Mare in the Andersonville neighborhood, where she will gladly tell you why you should read Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants-and then hand you a copy.