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World Book Night returns to the US

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"What better way to spread a love for reading than to inspire passionate readers to go out into their communities and share copies of their favorite books with those who don’t regularly read?" the organization's website reads. "Giving is an incredibly powerful part of our culture – and culture, art, and a writers’ talent are all themselves ‘gifts’."

The titles that will be given out by volunteers are selected by a panel of librarians and those in the book business, and those who distributed books in the last celebration can suggest books to be considered. This year, novels that will be distributed include "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood, "The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisnero, "The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, and "My Antonia" by Willa Cather, among other titles. Nonfiction picks include "Bossypants" by Tina Fey and "Moneyball" by Michael Lewis. Cisnero's book and the novel "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho will also be available in Spanish.

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