World Book Night US will suspend operations due to the high cost of the event.
World Book Night is an annual event that promotes books to casual or non-readers. Over half-a-million free books were distributed through communities every year. Though World Book US tried to make money through grant requests, the money they earned did not quite cover the costs. Staff members will stay on without pay through September 1st to announce the winners of their giver essay contest.
“For three years, the publishing industry and book community have very generously footed the bill and contributed enormous time and effort, and my gratitude for all of that is immeasurable. For us here at World Book Night, this experience has been life-changing, as it has been for the givers and recipients of the books,” said executive director Carl Lennertz.
World Book Night occurred this year on April 23rd. Young adult selections included Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity, Alethea Kontis’ Enchanted, Carl Hiassen’s Hoot, Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and John Flanagan’s The Ruins of Gorlan.
World Book Night UK made its event smaller last year after suffering financial difficulties.