Kodiak Celebrated ‘World Book Night’ this Morning

Jay Barrett/KMXT

"World Book Night" came a little early to Kodiak today. The multi-nation effort to boost reading by giving away free books to the public happened in these parts from 10 a.m. to noon.

World Book Night is taking place in 6,000 communities in the United States, as well as in Germany, and England, where it was founded in 2011. It is being held today to mark the anniversaries of Cervantes’ death and Shakespeare’s birth.

Here in Kodiak, Sarah Short of the Public Library Association was at Harborside Coffee this morning giving away 20 copies of Sherman Alexie’s "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian."

The American Library Association and the American Bookseller’s Association sponsor world Book Night. There are 30 books from the bestseller list being distributed.

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