Some of you may have read my recent blog post about participating in World Book Night for the first time. I was able to obtain copies of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential for some young adults in a special culinary program near my home. World Book Night gave people the opportunity to receive free copies of books to distribute to light readers and non-readers on April 23rd of each year, William Shakespeare’s birthday.
News came in on July 2nd that as of right now World Book Night for the U.S. has ended. According to the executive director, Carl Lennertz, in this Los Angeles Times story:
“The expenses of running World Book Night U.S., even given the significant financial and time commitment from publishers, writers, booksellers, librarians, printers, distributors, and shippers, are too high to sustain without additional outside funding.”
It looks at though the originating World Book Day and World Book Night UK will go on.
I sure hope that some companies or other funding sources will contact World Book Night US to get the program moving again. It is such an amazing way to spread the love of literacy and build community.