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World Book Night spreads to the US

31st October 2011

Following the enormous success of the first ever World Book Night in London this year, plans are now underway to stage a US version that will coincide with the second annual UK event in 2012.

On April 23rd next year, a million books will be given out in communities across the US in order to promote literature and encourage people's love of reading.

Although the format will be similar to that used in the UK, the 25 titles handed out will be completely different, chosen from a list that includes bestsellers, publishers' picks and Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners.

Other sources used to choose the titles include ReadingGroupGuides.com's most requested guides, the Mystery Writers of America's all-time top 100 and the Goodreads top 100 adult and young adult titles, with a panel of booksellers and librarians making the final decision on the 25 titles handed out.

World Book Night US executive director Carl Lennertz said the decision was made to stage the event after the success of the first World Book Night in the UK this year, which included a huge public gathering in London where a million books were handed out and a number of literary giants delivered talks and readings of their works.

'The selection committee is being careful to choose books that they know readers will be passionate about personally sharing with others. We believe this will inspire a fun and resonant celebration of books and reading across our country,' Mr Lennertz added.

An announcement of the 25 titles that will be handed out in the US on World Book Night next year will be made on December 1st.

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