It's World Book Night
. Or at least English-speaking World Book Night. All over the UK, Ireland, and the US, people are giving away free books. Bestsellers. Classics. Books donated by authors and publishers, to spread the joy of reading.
I paired up with some of the staff at Multnomah County Library
to give away Bel Canto
by Ann Patchett
We went to some of the parks downtown, like the rest of the pushers.
The first book is free. After that, you need a library card.
I was particularly pleased to turn my leopard-print bicycle into a minibook mobile. You can ride 3 miles with 20 copies of a bestselling novel onboard.
The highlight of the day was meeting these kids
They're from a small town in Washington. They were visiting Portland together because one of them is about to leave for military training.
We gave them 3 books. They're giving a lot more.
They did love the cat ears.