The fundamentals of reading and literacy are important “calls to action” for me. Couple those essentials with the gift of giving and empowerment, these are elements that help to aggressively energize my mission and passion, to share the joy of reading and creative writing. On Tuesday April 23, 2013, I celebrated World Book Night 2013 with book recipients from STRIVE/Suit-Up Charlotte and Operation Independence. I must applaud these organizations for collaborating with each other to make an even greater and more positive impact to those they serve in our community.
The wonderful organizers from World Book Night gave me another opportunity this year to give away a book by an author I also adore. I chose to give away the book “Devil in a Blue Dress” by Walter Mosley. World Book Night U.S. is a celebration of books and reading held on April 23, when 25,000 passionate volunteers across America give half a million books within their communities to encourage reading regularly. In 2012, World Book Night was celebrated in the U.S., the UK, Ireland and Germany. This resulted in over 80,000 people gifting more than 2.5 million books.
This mystery novel that I selected to give away is a must-read and was so befitting for the book giveaway event. The participants in the STRIVE/Suit-Up Charlotte and Operation Independence programs are committed to rise above the threshold of negativity that tries to discourage their will and drive to propel forward. The protagonist in this novel is a role in which many of these book recipients could relate to.
I am so honored to be selected again this year as a World Book Night Giver. Last year, I was given the opportunity by the World Book Night organizers to give away copies of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou. To be able to share something as endearing as a book written by a well-known and well-respected author is such an honor and a privilege for me. I greatly appreciate Whitney Schuner, Community Relations Manager at Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum location in Charlotte, North Carolina for communicating with our area’s book givers and for this store agreeing to be the book drop off point again this year. Barnes & Noble, you guys are amazing! Thank you World Book Night U.S. once again, for giving me a chance to share Maya Angelou and Walter Moseley with some well deserved recipients. I look forward to another opportunity to give away some more books next year.
“Commit yourself to lifelong learning. The most valuable asset you’ll ever have is your mind and what you put into it.”
—Brian Tracy, Motivational speaker and author