CVCC Participates In World Book Night April 23 – Selection of 35 titles to be given away

World Book Night April 23Catawba Valley Community College will participate in World Book Night on April 23 by offering students, faculty, staff and the community free books. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the West Wing Commons on the CVCC Main Campus in Hickory.

Sponsored by the English Department, World Book Night is an ambitious campaign to encourage reading by light and non-readers. A half million free paperbacks will be handed out across America all on one day—April 23—to promote reading.

The 35 titles to be given away on World Book Day were chosen by an independent panel of booksellers and librarians, with input from last year’s givers. This year’s book selection is more diverse than ever, including a graphic novel, a university press pick, and the first book by an Asian-American author. There are books in English and Spanish, and two of the picks will also be available in large print editions.

Book descriptions, guidelines, and the online application are at

World Book Night in the U.S. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. World Book Night U.S. is supported by UPS, authors, publishers, Barnes & Noble, the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, Ingram Content Group, and a dozen printers and paper companies.

List of World Book Night Books:

After the Funeral, Christie
Bridge to Terabithia, Paterson
Catch 22, Heller
Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
Dog Stars, Peter Heller
Enchanted, Alethea Kontis
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Jesse Andrews
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Perks of Being a Wallflower, Chbosky
Ravens Warrior, Vincent Pratchett
Ruins of Gorlan, John Flanagan
Sunrise Over Fallujah, Walter Dean Myers
Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
Weird Sisters, Eleanor Brown
When I Was Puerto Rican, Esmeralda Santiago
Where’d You Go Bernadette, Maria Semple
Wild, Cheryl Strayed
Zookeeper’s Wife, Diane Ackerman
Zora and Me, Victoria Bond & T.S. Simon

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