So excited to receive my copies of Waiting to Exhale by author Terry McMillan to give away on World Book Night this week. This is my third year being chosen as one of the WBN Bookgivers to give away books on World Book Night. I am grateful and honored for the opportunity to be an intermediary between WBN.org and the recipients. Seeing the excitement on the faces of the book recipients as you give them this gift, clearly reminds me that this project has nothing to do with me, but the purpose behind the objective of this worthwhile project.
World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers.
World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways—through the sharing of stories.
I am certainly looking forward to handing these books out to those in the program of my selected organization, who could use a little comfort food from this book, Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan. Thanks to the organizers of World Book Night 2014 for this wonderful opportunity, and to the authors who gave up their royalties to have their books specially published as the chosen books to give away this year, I salute you!