Rhode Island Black Heritage Society to Celebrate World Book Night

April 20, 2012 [Providence] On Monday, April 23rd, The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society (RIBHS) will be spreading the joy and love of reading by giving away 40 paperbacks on World Book Night. RIBHS member Ramona Bass and former RIBHS president Ray Rickman will participate in the first U.S. edition of the annual celebration, launched in the U.K. in 2011. By harnessing the power of both social media and traditional publicity, World Book Night also seeks to promote the value of printed books and brick and mortar bookstores.

Ramona Bass will be giving away 20 copies of Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Ray Rickman, who is a rare book dealer and collector, will be giving away 20 copies of Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Of Dr. Angelou’s 1969 autobiographical work, the first in a 6-volume series, Rickman said, “It’s one of the most important books of the 20th century.”

Rickman continued: “It’s a handbook of sorts, an instructional ‘how-to’ on the subject of making your way in the world when you feel like you have no way to do so. Dr. Angelou’s adoration of and—crucially—her need for the written word permeates every line of this work. As such, it is the perfect text for an event like World Book Night.”

Rickman concluded, “Everyone should read it.”

The book giveaway is free and open to the public. The first 40 attendees will receive a free book and get an early look at The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society’s new location at 123 North Main Street in Providence. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. A cake-cutting to honor George Houston Bass will occur at 6:00 p.m. For more information on World Book Night please visit www.us.worldbooknight.org.

For information on how to support The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, please visit our new website at www.ribhs.org or call 401-421-0606.

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