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1/17/2013 9:49:00 AM
Book 'em: Manthey organizing book giveaway in Chelan
2013 Book List
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
City of Thieves by David Benioff
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
La Casa en Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros -translated by Elena Poniatowska
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
El Alquimista by Paulo Coelho
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster; illustrated by Jules Feiffer
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson
Population 485 by Michael Perry
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Montana Sky by Nora Roberts
Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Favorite American Poems in Large Print edited by Paul Negri

Application deadline is Jan. 23

Michelle Lovato
Staff Writer

A total of 740 free books were distributed at the first World Book Night in 2012, and Riverwalk Bookstore owner Libby Manthey is hoping area volunteers can give away a lot more this spring.

World Book Night, held annually on April 23, is a global effort to share the wonderful gift of storytelling with people who don't normally read.

Originating in the U.K., volunteers from across the country participated in World Book Night, America for the first time last year.

In the Chelan Valley, 37 volunteers gave books away.
City council members, business owners and interested citizens were among book givers last year.

Some volunteers walked through downtown Chelan, visited businesses, gave away books to strangers and in the process inspired new reading friends.

Supporters expect this year's event to be even bigger.
But before volunteers can give out books, they have to apply for their position with World Book Night organizers through their website.

Volunteers choose which title they would like to distribute, and once they are approved a box of 20 books will be shipped to the area's host bookstore.

Manthey's Riverwalk Books is ground zero for the Chelan Valley.

"This is an opportunity for people who are passionate about reading to spread that passion, to other people who are not readers," Manthey said.

After last year's event, Manthey said she talked to several people who wanted to volunteer this year.

The trick, however, is to apply. And the final application date is Jan. 23. When how and where to give books away,
Manthey suggested thinking of places where people who wouldn't normally frequent bookstores or a library might be.

One idea Manthey thought of for possible distribution this year is the food bank, which hands out food on Tuesdays. Another idea is to give away books at places that have large work forces, like area sheds, to people who waited in a drive-through line or to those who get Meals on Wheels.

Last year volunteers gave away books to people who commuted on the bus, those picking their children up from school and those who visited one of the area's taco trucks.

Manthey visited friends at a local business, and with permission from the owner, asked patrons if they'd like to read a copy of her book. World Book Night is celebrated in the U.S., U.K., Ireland and Germany. Manthey said readers from any area can get on and connect with their area book distributor.

"This is not limited to just people who live here. People who live outside the area can do this," she said. "There are many independent book stores who are also book depots."

Leavenworth's Books For All Seasons is a distributor. World Book Night volunteers hope to distribute 50,000 books this year.

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