I've learned that I've been chosen to participate in the 2013 World Book Night. I'd been a World Book Night giver last year and it was exciting if a bit intimidating to go up to strangers and offer them copies of The Book Thief.
I hadn't expected to find it so difficult to gauge whether a stranger was a light reader or a nonreader. I had initially planned to give away the books in New York City, mainly in Brooklyn and Manhattan. But an unexpected visit from family overseas brought me to Boston's North Shore and the South End on April 23, 2012 so I handed out my 20 copies in Boston and its suburbs.
I approached strangers at the Magnolia diner in Gloucester and a donut shop by the Gloucester's train station. I had hoped to give one to the train conductor but wasn't able to catch her when we stopped at North Station. I did give away books at North Station and some nearby stores and hotels. Then I walked around the South End, stopping at stores to talk about the book, spread the word, and hopefully, spread a love of reading.