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Feb. 6: Last day to volunteer for World Book Night

February 6, 2012 |  3:32 pm

Ever feel like handing out 20 free books to people who like to read? You're a perfect candidate for the World Book Night 2012. Over the last few years, it has distributed thousands of free books in the U.K.; this year, it comes to the United States for the first time, with its massive giveaway happening on April 23.

While its pickup locations haven't been announced, I've heard through the grapevine that bookstores around Los Angeles will be participating.

The deadline for signing up to give out free books, from a list that includes popular bestsellers, is Feb. 6, at midnight eastern time.

The way it works is this: you submit your volunteer form, selecting the books you'd most like to give out for free from a list of 30 available books. There are prize-winners, bestsellers, and books that have been both. Some books that are on the list: "Just Kids" by Patti Smith, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie, "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini, and Stephen King's "The Stand."

Pick up the books from a local bookseller or library and then give them out to 30 willing acquaintances and complete strangers, telling them what you love about the book and why you think they might like it, too.


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-- Carolyn Kellogg