World Book Night Pre-Party at Atomic Books

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catch of the day fish (2)World Book Night Pre-Party at Atomic Books

Those book worms over at Atomic Books in Hampden really know how to party. As participants in World Book Night 2014, they’re hosting a pre-World Book Night  party this evening, to celebrate this latest tradition that helps to spread the joy of reading. World Book Night gets some of the best new books off of the shelves and into the hands of people who usually have little access to books because of means or geography. And with great folks like those at Atomic Books getting on board and hosting the festivities, reading couldn’t look more appealing.

Each year, an independent panel of librarians and booksellers selects 30-35 books to give away. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers. Givers pick up their books in the week before World Book Night, and on April 23rd, they give their books away. Simple as that. But tonight, the fun begins, even for those not giving or receiving books. As one of the pickup points for this year’s givers, Atomic Books is celebrating the books chosen for the year with readings from them by local writers, poets, and performers. Some of the readers include Kathy Flann, (host of the Atomic Fiction Series and a contributor to the Baltimore Fishbowl), Elizabeth Hazen (host of Writers Under the Influence and a contributor to the Baltimore Fishbowl), and Aaron Henkin (host of WYPR’s The Signal).

The World Book Night Pre-Party takes place tonight, Thursday, April 17. From 7-9PM. Atomic Books is located at 3620 Falls Road in Baltimore. For more information, visit

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