Give Away Your Own Books on World Book Night: April 23, 2013!

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World Book Night is only a couple weeks away — and that means half a million books will be given out (for free) to light and non-readers all around the world.

While it’s too late to volunteer to be an official book giver for 2013, you can still spread the news about the event, try to encourage non-readers to seek out some of the free books being given away, and sign up for WBN’s newsletter so you can be a giver next year.

But since WBN is approaching, why not capitalize on the buzz and make your own little book-giveaway happen? 

Don’t break the bank or anything; just set aside a handful of books (however many you can part with) and figure out a way to personally give them to folks who need some reading encouragement. I’m sure you can find a dozen people pretty quickly who would love your book, and that experience might turn them into more avid readers in general.

If you do give away some of your books on WBN, be sure to blog about it in advance, share the news on social media, and take photos and video of the actual handoff! Oh, and let us know how it goes.

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Chris Robley is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."

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