World Book Night

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World Book Night


World Book Night 2014
Wednesday, Apr. 23, all day
Locations around West Hollywood

Who is helping give out half a million free books across America on April 23rd? We are.

On April 23, 2014, 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.

World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially-printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer book lovers like us will help promote reading by going into our communities and handing out free copies of a book we love, often to those without means or access to a printed book. With the organizational support of local bookstores and libraries, we’ll be sharing them in locations such as hospitals, mass transit, nursing homes, food pantries, underfunded schools and more.

Our group is very proud to be World Book Night givers.

Volunteers will be handing out free books as part of West Hollywood's celebration of World Book Night. Follow us on twitter at @artbeatweho and facebook at to receive updates on our giveaway locations. 

The main distribution site on World Book Night will be on the westside of WeHo using the City Council Chambers as a base from 2pm-8pm. There will also be a distribution site at the Plummer Park Community Center from 2pm-7pm.

For more information on World Book Night, or the specific book titles, click here. The books that are planned to be distributed around West Hollywood are: 

  • 100 Best-Loved Poems
  • After the Funeral
  • Bobcat
  • Botany of Desire
  • Dog Stars
  • Enchanted
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  • Kitchen Confidential
  • Lighthouse Road
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • Miss Darcy Falls In Love
  • Pontoon
  • Presumed Innocent
  • Ranger's Apprentice
  • Same Difference
  • Sunrise Over Fallujah
  • Tales of the City
  • The Tipping Point
  • Waiting to Exhale
  • Weird Sisters
  • Where'd You Go Bernadette
  • Zora and Me


  • This is not a random giveaway. We will ask people if they are readers first. If they are avid readers already, these free editions are not for them. Avid readers are asked to participate next year as a giver by signing up for the WBN e-newsletter for World Book Night 2015.
  • World Book Night is making a short, free original e-book available to everyone at their website on April 23.
  • All information, including FAQs, at

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World Book Night takes place on April 23, 2014 – Shakespeare’s birthday – and is in its third year in the U.S., after the UK launch in 2011.

As part of World Book Night, 2,300 bookstores and libraries serve as community organizers for the book distribution to the volunteer givers. WBN’s reach includes all 50 states, Puerto Rico, USVI, and overseas military bases.

The WBN picks are by a wide array of award-winning and bestselling adult and YA authors, as well as classics, books in Spanish, and books in Large Print. The assortment of 39 WBN titles is based on diversity in subject matter, age level, gender, ethnicity and geography. The books were chosen in a vote by booksellers, librarians, and givers.

Bestselling author Scott Turow said: "I can't imagine any greater compliment to a book – or an author – than to know his work been selected to welcome people to the pleasures of reading."


Volunteers applied online to be givers by stating where they intend to seek out book recipients, and noting which of the special WBN Book Picks they’d like to hand out.

The volunteer givers come from all walks of life: teachers, book club members, social workers, first responders, local businesspeople, librarians, booksellers, students, parents, and more.