World Book Night America

Guys I had so much fun giving out The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian to random teens on the street yesterday evening. A few blogger friends and I went together at a smaller mall in North San Jose and had a blast talking to people about the books we were giving out and that yes(!) they were free and we were doing it to promote literacy and because we love books.

I thought it would be easy guys. That I would go out on to the street and people would take the books like I was giving away free puppies. Alas, I found out exactly why a program like this is needed. It was hard to make people take a book. I could have went and stood near a bookstore and made it easy on myself, obviously people of the book are going to take a free book but I wanted to capture the true spirite of World Book Night and hit people coming out of video game shops and Target.

The best give was to a construction worker who asked me what the book was about! He was willing to take one but only if my description impressed him. And it did, and I felt like a BOSS. Now I will give you a pic of all of us holding our books in front of Target at the start of our WBN adventure!

A huge thank you to Hicklebee’s in San Jose for being our pickup point!

Did you give/get any books from WBN? What were they?

From left to right: Tara with The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, Katherine with Because of Winn-Dixie, Anna with Because of Winn-Dixie, Me, Nancy with The Kite Runner.

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    I gave away Bel Canto in Brooklyn and Manhattan yesterday. It was harder than I thought, too. I mean, FREE BOOK! But I had to do some selling.

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    I am hoping to do it next year – I wanted to do it this year, but I’m currently pretty pregnant and I wasn’t sure if I would still be pregnant when WBN came around or if I would have given birth already. Well I mean, in hindsight, I am still pregnant and hanging in there, but I didn’t know this beforehand haha.

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