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World Book Night

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4/18/2012 12:46 AM
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University of New Haven: World Book Night, 500 px, Jhumpa Lahiri 

WHO: Five members of the UNH chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, have been selected to join people across  the United Kingdom and the United States in celebrating World Book Night.

WHAT: World Book Night, a celebration of the love of reading books.  Members of the honor society will hand out 100 paperback books to students at UNH.  The books are The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, and Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. A brief introduction of each book will open the event, followed by book distribution. Refreshments will be served.

WHEN: Monday, April 23, 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Bartels Student Center Lobby

WHY: The purpose of this initiative is to introduce books to adult and young adult readers.

BACKGROUND: World Book Night celebrates the universal love of reading books. It was first held on April 23, 2011, in the United Kingdom. The date was chosen to honor the anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes’ death, as well as the birth and suspected death of William Shakespeare. The World Book Night team aims to distribute free paperback books to selected “Book Givers” who, in turn, hand them out to people in the local community.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. UNH enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and University College, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.