Northern Michigan Events: Spread the gift of reading throughout our community. Sign up with the Cottage Book Shop in Glen Arbor by February 1st and recieve twenty free books to give away on World Book Night, April 23.

Calling all book lovers and friends of the Cottage Book Shop in Glen Arbor! Wednesday, February 1 is the deadline to sign up to choose the title of the free book you will deliver to twenty non-readers or light readers throughout Northern Michigan on April 23, 2012 – the second annual World Book Night.

Launched in 2011 in Great Britain, World Book Night successfully donated thousands of paperback books to community members who have limited access to the joys and discoveries of the written word.  It aims to promote the value of reading, and focus awareness of the importance of printed books, bookstores, and libraries to everyone all year.

The Cottage Book Shop believes strongly that reading a good book can inspire, provoke, entertain, and move you – in short, that reading books changes lives! Therefore, we will be Northern Michigan's local pickup point for your twenty free copies of one title you choose at the World Book Night's website:

The chosen 30 titles come in a variety of genres, including mysteries, sociology, thrillers, literature and young adult fiction; they feature authors such as Chris Cleave, Sherman Alexie, Jodi Picoult, Michael Connolly, Maya Angelou, Stephen King, Jeanette Walls, and more.

In the spirit of giving, the books are donated by publishers, meaning you do not have to buy anything! Just sign up with the Cottage Book Shop by February 1st and pick up your twenty copies in mid-April at the Cottage Book Shop's launch party. You then distribute these on April 23rd to areas of Northern Michigan's community where under-served readers may be. For example, the Women's Resource Center, the Goodwill Inn, stores, churches, food pantries, the county jail, senior centers, a school or sports event, or other agencies and locations in our area.

U.S. sponsors for 2012 include the American Library Association, American Booksellers Association, Barnes and Noble, and major publishers and distributors such as Scholastic, Random House, and others.

For more information, and to register as a Northern Michigan book distributor on this special day, April 23rd, go to:

Be sure to register by February 1st.  And thank you for sharing your love of books with others!