World Book Night 2013 (April 23) is fast approaching. I, in fact, expect an email in the next day or so authorizing me to pick up a case of 20 copies of Michael Perry's Population:485 from a near-by Barnes & Noble for distribution that evening.
Now it is time for me to finalize a spot to give the books away - and that is not quite as easy as it sounds. The primary goal of World Book Night is to get books into the hands of light readers and others who seldom read a book at all. So where do I best find them? Starbucks, in the common area of a local shopping mall, in front of a Wal-Mart (don't laugh), at a sandwich shop?
Last year I gave away copies of John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany to residents of a senior living home a few miles from me. The book's were much appreciated, and I really enjoyed talking books with the folks I met that night. But this year, I thought I would try for a more general selection from the population - keeping in mind that Population: 485 is not for younger readers.