World Book Night, April 23, 2013: Why I am a Book Giver

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It is no secret to those who know me well that I am obsessed with books. All books: chick-lit, science fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, biographies, and even, when I am in the mood, actual “literary fiction”. I truly believe one can never have too many books, a belief that is reflected by the sheer number that crowd every spare inch in my house.

So it goes without saying that as soon as I learned about World Book Night, I eagerly signed up to be a Giver in 2012. Reading books has brought so much joy to my life and taught me things I never would have learned. These days, with everyone on their laptops, tablets and smartphones, I fear people have become removed from the simple joy of curling up with a good book. I also believe it is important for our children to see us reading books, so they can learn by example how much the love of reading can add to our lives.

World Book Night U.S. is an organization that is dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. It was first celebrated in the UK and Ireland in 2011, and in 2012, it was also celebrated in the US and Germany. Each year, on April 23, tens of thousands of volunteer book givers go out into their communities and give away a total of a half million free World Book Night paperbacks. The caveat? The books are given only to those people who consider themselves “light” readers, or people who don’t really read books at all. When givers apply, they select three books they would like to give away from a list of books that have been nominated. The givers must not only have read the books they select, but they must have loved the books enough to convince strangers to read them.

Last year, I handed out copies of “Blood Work”, by one of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly, around my office building to those people who claimed to be light or non-readers. While some people looked at me like I was crazy when I approached them (strange woman wielding books and hollering? What’s to be afraid of?), most were receptive and appreciated receiving a book for free (I mean, who could complain about that?) Later, I received some great feedback from many who really enjoyed the book and planned to read more books by the author.

This year I am pleased to be giving away 20 copies of one of my favorite books, “Bossypants” by consummate funny lady, Tina Fey. For those of you who have not read this wonderful book, please do! Ms. Fey shares many insights on working in a predominantly male field, being a working mother, and a woman in general.


If on April 23, 2013, you see someone holding a stack of paperbacks and trying to give them away, please stop and say hi, and maybe pick up a free book. And if you are in the Detroit metro area, are a light reader, and would like a copy of Ms. Fey’s book, let me know. I’ll let you know where I’ll be handing my books out. Maybe it will be just what you need to rekindle your love of reading!

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Angela Curtis lives in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan with her husband, and two daughters, MC and G, who were born in 2008 and 2010, respectively. She spends her nights and weekends trying to keep her house clean, the laundry done, and cram in as many meaningful experiences as possible with her family.


  1. Very cool idea. I will stick to recommending on Facebook for now. I hope you find some great people to hand that book out to.

  2. Thank you! Should be fun!

  3. OMG!! I am a World Book Night giver too!! This is my second year and I love doing it!

    • How exciting! I hope more and more people can learn about this great event.

  4. I am a light reader for sure. But have been interested in reading that book. How do I get one if I don’t live in your neighborhood?

    • I have some left over. Send me your address at and I’ll be happy to drop a copy in the mail for you!

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