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World Book Night 2013, featuring James Patterson and Ann Patchett
World Book Night 2013, featuring James Patterson and Ann Patchett

World Book Night is coming to the U.S. in 2013 with the imprimatur of James Patterson and Ann Patchett. The bestselling authors are serving as honorary chairs for the single-day book giveaway in which half a million books will be distributed for free. That day is planned for April 23, organizers announced Thursday. Included in the announcement are the titles of 30 books that will be specially printed for the giveaway, including Patterson's "Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life," as well as works by Margaret Atwood, Tina Fey, Mark Twain and John Green. "The House on Mango Street" by Sandro Cisneros and "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho will be...

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