World Book Night U.S. has announced more developments for its third annual book giveaway campaign, which caps off in the organization's nationwide event on April 23.
The live-streamed WBN 2014 launch event will take place at the New York Public Library on April 22, and will feature Malcolm Gladwell, Garrison Keillor, Esmeralda Santiago, Walter Dean Meyers, Tobias Wolfe, Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon. The WBN author event, also on April 22, includes two dozen simultaneous events across the country, a map of which will be released on February 1.
WBN U.S. executive director Carl Lennertz also announced that Livrada and Ingram will be producing a proprietary WBN e-book, free to all and containing short pieces by booksellers, librarians, authors and givers. Launches for the e-book will take place at Politics & Prose and Brazos Bookstore. In addition, Dover will print a special WBN edition of Shakespeare’s sonnets, to be given out at select theaters and Shakespeare productions across the country.