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Celebrate World Book Night

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Celebrate World Book Night

Tuesday, April 23rd is Shakespeare's birthday. Tuesday, April 23rd is World Book Night. 

Each year, 30 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties, and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers. Twenty-five thousand volunteers will hand out free books to light and non-readers around their towns and across America.


The 5 winners of the World Book Night contest:

Ali from S. Abington Twp, PA
Gloria from Parma, OH
Lynda from Bloomington, MN
Michelle from Jackson, TN
Rachelle from Merrimack, NH
Bossypants by Tina Fey - Memoir/Humor


At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on “Saturday Night Live,” Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley - Mystery


In Los Angeles, during the year 1948, Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs....

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Sci-Fi & Fantasy


Fahrenheit 451, the 1953 reincarnation of "The Fire Man," presents ideas that are far more complex than that brief description indicates. This novel is a soothsayer, warning of a future populated by non-readers and non-thinkers; a lost people with no sense of their history. At the same time it salutes those who dedicate their lives to the preservation and passing on of knowledge, and testifies to the quiet or passionate courage of the rebel with a cause. Fahrenheit also poses questions about the role(s) of government: Should it reflect the will of the people? Should government do the people's thinking for them?

Moneyball by Michael Lewis - Sports


Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. Following the low-budget Oakland Athletics, their larger-than-life general manger, Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts, Michael Lewis has written "the single most influential baseball book ever."

Playing for Pizza by John Grisham - Fiction


Rick Dockery is the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game, with a seventeen-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick provides what is arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he becomes a national laughingstock—and is immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams. But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds, Rick finally gets a job—as the starting quarterback for the Mighty Panthers . . . of Parma, Italy. To say that Italy—the land of fine wines, extremely small cars, and football americano—holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.