Book Lovers Celebrate April

By on 6 April, 2012 in Carole King, Fun with 2 Comments

April in Montgomery is becoming a literary Mecca! The seventh annual Alabama Book Festival will once again be at Old Alabama Town on Saturday, April 21. With more than 40 vendors, exhibitors, and presentations, this free public event is the state’s premier book festival, with over 5,000 people converging in the capital to meet with and hear from their favorite authors and scholars. The 2012 Festival will continue the tradition of promoting reading and literacy to Alabamians of all ages and backgrounds while helping to celebrate the Year of Alabama Food.

And yet another really cool book thing to do has surfaced this year in Midtown or rather this country: World Book Night, designed to spread a love of reading and books internationally. Successfully launched in the United Kingdom last year, World Book Night (WBN) will be celebrated in the United States this year on April 23, with more countries to come in future years.

April 23 was chosen because the date is UNESCO’s World Book Day, the anniversary of Cervantes’ death, as well as (roughly) Shakespeare’s birth and death. The evening is promoted by World Book Night U.S., a nonprofit organization, applying for tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and supported by American book publishers, the American Booksellers Association, Barnes & Noble, the American Library Association, the Association of American Publishers and Ingram Book Distributors.

On that day, tens of thousands of people all over the country will go out into their communities to spread the joy and love of reading by giving away free World Book Night edition paperbacks specially printed by book publishers. Volunteers were needed to make this happen, so I registered to participate on the WBN website. I submitted my first three choices—Because of Winn-Dixie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and Q is for Quarry from 30 well known fiction and non-fiction books.

I was assigned Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton. My 20 free special edition copies to distribute will be sent to local book dealer Capitol Book & News sometime the previous week. My only instructions are to give away copies of Q is for Quarry to anyone who promises to read it, especially targeting those who are not necessarily avid readers — or at least not readers of this type of fiction. Cheryl Upchurch at Capitol Book & News tells me that about fifteen other participants will be picking up their choice of books for distribution at the Fairview store.

So on the evening of April 23, if you see some odd folks handing out paperbacks to strangers, it’s us. Feel free to take one, read and enjoy!

Carole King (not the singer, just the hummer) enjoys midtown living from South Capitol Parkway in Capitol Heights where she has lived for 25+years. Carole has been the historic properties curator for the Landmarks Foundation that manages Old Alabama Town for 28 years and is passionate about neighborhoods, their architectural character, their people, and their preservation!

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  1. Taylor says:

    I’m a book giver this year too. My first choice was The Hunger Games, but I received my second choice, Friday Night Lights. I’m looking forward to handing out copies of this book to all the Alabama – or Auburn – football fans, soon to be readers.

  2. Kate says:

    I’m giving out The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Because I figure people in Alabama probably need to know more about the lives of immigrants.

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