I was incredibly honored and thoroughly loved being a World Book Night book giver in April, and I hope to be one again in 2013!
WBN has opened up for applications and will continue to accept them through January. Make sure to read up on the book choices and think of a giving plan (where you will give the books, who you give the books to, etc). You’ll have 20 copies to pass out to complete strangers and new readers, so prepare for your WBN Book Giver Speech!
In April I worked as a writing tutor for my university’s Learning Center. I worked with several international graduate students and freshmen struggling in English classes. I also worked in one of the smaller libraries on campus, the Architecture Library, and was able to pass out books there. As I was carrying a giant box of The Hunger Games, I was asked on buses and at bus stops what I was doing. After telling people — including a police officer — about WBN and my job as a giver, several were interested and asked if they could have a copy! Truly, these books fly out of your hands fast! You’d think a university campus wouldn’t be difficult, but very few college students read much of anything outside of the class list (if they even read those in the first place). Once offered something free and entertaining, they’re interested.
I highly encourage you to do this! It’s great fun!