'Good Omens' popular for World Book Night

2013-04-23T06:30:00Z 2014-04-23T07:50:07Z 'Good Omens' popular for World Book NightBy Jane Henderson jhenderson@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8107 stltoday.com

Book lovers are giving away copies of books tonight, the second time World Book Night has been held in the U.S.

Last year, about 80,000 people gave out 2.5 million books in four countries, according to the event's website.

In St. Louis, participants have picked up the free books from various bookstores. Katie Stepanek, who works at The Book House in Rock Hill, said on Monday that about 25 people were picking up 20 books each through the store. Of the 30 titles available, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's "Good Omens" and Rick Riordan's "The Lightning Thief" were popular requests, she said. (To learn more about how books are chosen, see us.worldbooknight.org.)

Stepanek said that participants would deliver the books at schools, soup kitchens and shelters, along with other sites. The motive is to spread the love of books and to offer titles to people who may not have easy access to them.

It's too late to participate as giver this year, but as the event grows, keep it in mind for next year.

Here are all of the titles being given away this year:

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




Jane Henderson is book editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Follow her online at stltoday.com/books and on Twitter @stlbooks.

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