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World Book Night 2013

April 23, 2013

I had a great time giving out free books today at the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco. My book was Tina Fey’s Bossypants. How fitting that I was in front of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream shop where they feature a yogurt named Liz Lemon. I met so many wonderful folks of all ages and walks of life. A couple of them carried all their wordly possessions on their backs. All were amazed and appreciative to get a free book. One young man from Egypt said he would read it and then take it home with him so his friends could read it too. Truly was a World Book Night. For more info on WBN go to

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  1. Bossypants? How appropriate for Liz Lemon Ice Cream! How fun for you.

    • Also, I tasted Liz Lemon and it was really good. Had hints of lavender in it. Wish you had been there. I know you would have had a good time.

  2. Did you make the Chronicle? Love this!

  3. Peace, Love, Icecream and a Free Book. What a perfect spot. And one book winging it’s way to Egypt soon, brilliant!

    • And the sun was shining and people were smiling. It was a perfect day. It amazed me how thankful people were to receive a book. Everyone wanted to talk about what reading meant to them. I came away thinking that the report of the death of books has been greatly exaggerated.

  4. Indirectly, you gave me a book, too, on Twitter. Life after Life signed by the author and shipped from Little, Brown and Company. It arrived two days ago. Mama wants to read it first because she’s 86 and tells me she may have less time on the planet to read it. She says this with humor, but I run it over to her house anyway.

    In the meantime, I started All This Talk of Love, a novel by Christopher Castellani, and I’m madly in love with the characters and can’t put it down.

    Bossypants. How fun!

    • So great about your mama! It’s a wonderful book to contemplate at her stage in life and at ours for that matter. Wasn’t that so very fortuitous for the five of us that I saw Little, Brown’s tweet. Can’t wait to get home to see my copy, although of course I’ve already read it, but a signed first… Tonight I’m going to hear Atkinson read at Book Passage. If it’s anything like her Powell’s reading, which my friend in Portland went to, it will be standing room only. Let me know what your mama thinks.

  5. What a fun afternoon! I’d be interested to see how BossyPants goes over in Egypt, though!

    Will you be interviewing Atkinson?

  6. What a wonderful thing. I hadn’t heard of “world book night”. It is very heartening to hear that people loved talking about books and were excited to receive one. Wonder who “the powers that be” have been listening to, anyway?

  7. Jean Oliver permalink

    Looks like fun on another beautiful day! Who were you with?

    Sent from my iPad

    • You would have loved it! Reminded me so much of our trip out here in 1970. Bob took the photos here.

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