Early February, I found out that I was selected to be a book giver on World Book Night on April 23.
World Book Night started in 2011 in the UK and Ireland. This year the US joins the party.
The goal is to promote the value of reading, of printed books, of bookstores and libraries, person to person on a specific day.
On April 23, ten thousands of people will pass free paperbacks at a location of their choice. In January I scrolled down the spectacular list of thirty books, ranging from middle grade to adults and had to choose three. It was hard since I had, not only read the majority, but also loved most.
In the end, I narrowed my choices to The Namesake from Jhumpa Lahiri, The Book Thieve from Markus Zusak and The Kite Runner from Khaled Hosseini.
The three books are among the best I read in the last years.
The Namesake remains my first pick, for Ms. Lahiri is one of my very favorite authors. Her books touch the topic of being a foreigner, of what it means for immigrants to find a place to call home, and for their children born in the new land to establish their roots.
An independent bookstore will provide me with the free paperbacks that I plan to distribute to the seniors at my children’s high school.
In addition, April 23 is also UNESCO’s World Book Day.