Riverton selected as World Book Night site
On April 23, a total of 25,000 volunteers will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.
Locally, residents of the Brainerd lakes area can pick up a free copy of Tobias Wolff’s memoir, “This Boy’s Life,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Riverton City Hall, 16663 Main St., Riverton (between Brainerd and Ironton).
The books will be handed out by Cuyuna Range volunteer Matt Perrine.
“I am excited to bring this international literary event to Riverton,” Perrine said. “Ultimately, I hope to one day build on the momentum of this reading event and raise enough funds to get a Little Free Library installed in Riverton, so those who can’t make it to the library in Crosby as much as they’d wish still have something to read every night.”
Each World Book Night “giver” is limited to 20 copies of his free book, so Perrine’s 20 copies of “This Boy’s Life” are expected to go fast in Riverton.
April 23 was chosen for the event because it is Shakespeare’s birthday. World Book Night is in its third year in the United States. To prepare for the night, 2,300 bookstores and libraries serve as community organizers for the book distribution to the volunteer givers.