Dear World Book Night U.S. friend,
After three years in which
thousands and thousands of you distributed over a million and half
specially-printed World Book Night paperbacks across America, we are sad
to announce that we are suspending operations. The expenses of running
World Book Night U.S., even given the significant financial and time
commitment from publishers, writers, booksellers, librarians, printers,
distributors, shippers--and you, our amazing givers!--are too high to
This has been a remarkable,
passionate undertaking, and it has been a success by all measures,
except for one: Outside funding. For three years, the publishing
industry and book community have very generously footed the bill and
contributed enormous time and effort, and we are so very grateful for
all the support.
We did receive some funds
via individual donations, and we worked very hard to get grants. We did
get some, but there are a lot of other worthy causes out there and only
so much money available. We can't carry on without significant,
sustainable outside funding.
From World Book Night U.S.
Board Chairman Michael Pietsch: "World Book Night's first three years
have been a profound experience for everyone involved. The altruistic
spirit of the givers and of industry supporters have reminded us all of
the transformative impact books have on people's lives, and of the power
of a book as a gift. The World Book Night Board joins me in extending
their deep gratitude to all who have taken part."
WBN U.S. Exec Director Carl
Lennertz added: "Some of you know our names here, but I want to be sure
you know these--Laura Peraza and Carolyn Schwartz. They have been here
since day one, and they, along with you, are my heroes. Alia Almeida
joined us this year and was a creative force. A list of all the
booksellers, librarians, authors, and folks in publishing and at Ingram
would be too long to include here, but they know who they are and I know
they have loved being a part of this beautiful thing we did together."
We are staying on hand
through the summer without pay to maintain social media contact with you
all, to talk good books, and to announce the winner of the giver essay
YOU, the givers, made it
possible for WBN to reach its full potential. For us here at World Book
Night, this experience has been life-changing, as we hope it has been
for you and recipients of the books. Our gratitude to you is simply
With much love, appreciation, and admiration, thank you!
Team WBN U.S
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