I have been working like mad to get things pulled together for my upcoming craft fair and neglecting everything else. Or so it seems. I will be participating in the Suisun Waterfront Mother’s Day Artisan Fair, so mark your calendars and haul your Mama out for some music, food and handmade goodness.
BUT, in the midst of all my preparation, I just had to stop and give a shout out to World Book Night. Last year, I was a book giver, but decided to forgo the application process this year. I regret that a teeny, tiny bit because the books going out this year are AWESOME. If you are out and about on your evening commute and see someone standing around with an armload of books offering them for free, it’s all part of World Book Night. That person on the street with the books is a volunteer, all the authors of the books waived their fees, and the cost of the books have been underwritten by donations, publishers, printing companies, etc. It’s a GREAT event, and I will probably throw my hat back in the ring for it again next year.
World Book Night is celebrated on April 23rd because it’s also to pay homage to Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, whose births and/or deaths occurred in and around the 23rd. No one knows for sure since record keeping in the late 15th and early 16th centuries wasn’t all that. It’s the thought that counts, though. We’re all tilting at windmills and using words such as arch-villain and new-fangled thanks to these two beruffled wordsmiths.
As always, I encourage everyone to grab a book, try out a new author or revisit an old one. You might be surprised at what you find.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to delve back into work mode!