The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

World Book Night

The Cottage Book Shop, Glen Arbor, MI

Giver Box of Books!

My book launch week overlapped with the time to pick-up books to distribute for World Book Night!

So, I chose my pick-up point to be The Cottage Book Shop in Glen Arbor where I had a book-signing event.

This way, I not only got to grab my books to distribute, but also got to meet other book-givers!

What is World Book Night, you ask?

Well...from their website:

"World Book Night U.S. is a celebration of books and reading held on April 23, when 25,000 passionate volunteers across America give a total of half a million books within their communities to those who don’t regularly read. In 2012, World Book Night was celebrated in the U.S., the UK, Ireland, and Germany and saw over 80,000 people gift more than 2.5 million books."

Givers picking up their books

More Givers picking up their books

A panel of librarians and booksellers choose 30 books, then writers forgo their royalties on the special editions that publishers print for free distribution. People then apply to be a book-giver. That's it. Free books, passed hand-to-hand, person-to-person to encourage people who don't read much to read more.

The book I get to distribute is Ray Bradbury's FAHRENHEIT 451, but the book-givers at this pick-up site were swapping a few of their book with others so we would all have a selection of books to give.

Some of this year's choices


  1. Hello, Loreen!
    I have walked along Lake Michigan all my life. On longer walks, i.e. Grand Haven to Muskegon and Holland to Grand Haven, the slope of the shore really bugged me.

    I mean, if you walk north (= counterclockwise), your left foot always is lower than your right foot. Over the course of a few hours, this gets uncomfortable. Did you have any problem with the beach slope during your 1,000 miles?

    Cheers! I will buy your book tomorrow.

    Tom Neely. Grand Rapids

  2. Hi Tom,

    Yes, that slant can take a toll on hip and back alignment. I did see my chiropractor between each segment of my first hike, which helped. And sometimes I would adjust the slant of the footbed inside my boots to compensate for the slant a bit.

    Keep hiking!