World Book Night U.S. has officially kicked off the week of its 2014 campaign. On April 22, events featuring 27 WBN authors will take place across the country, including a livestreamed event with seven authors (and a special guest) at the New York Public Library. The week culminates on April 23, World Book Night, when 25,000 volunteers will give out books nationwide. On April 23, the WBN participant essay contest opens.

“With a tip of the cap to one of our authors, it feels like we have put in the requisite ten thousand hours," said WBN U.S. executive director Carl Lennertz. "As have our amazing Ingram volunteers and booksellers and librarians on the events and box giving."