On Tuesday, April 23, volunteers will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 locations across the country. Tucson's Antigone Books (411 N. Fourth Ave.) is a partner in World Book Night U.S.
The goal of World Book Night U.S. is to seek out people without the means or access to printed books and give them free, specially printed paperbacks. Thirty specially chosen books have been printed for the giveaway; authors and publishers forgo any royalties. (See the list here.)
Volunteer "book givers" choose a book from the list and get 20 copies of the book to distribute. Antigone serves as a pick up spot for the volunteers. Once a volunteer has the books, he or she decides where to give the books away—at VA hospitals, nursing homes, schools, shelters and so on.
Trudy Mills, co-owner of Antigone Books, says that 45 volunteers signed up and are using her store for their book pickup. She also notes that Tucson ranks 12th in the United States for per capita book givers.
Although it's too late to be a volunteer this year, interested parties can sign up for the World Book Night newsletter for information on World Book Night 2014. Visit www.us.worldbooknight.org for info.