Amy Poehler named honorary chairperson of upcoming World Book Night

“Parks and Recreation” star Amy Poehler has been tapped to serve as honorary chairwoman for World Book Night, an April 23 event sponsored by a coalition of booksellers, publishers, and librarians. Thousands of volunteers worldwide will be giving away half a million books in areas where books aren’t readily available. Poehler, who grew up in Burlington and graduated from Boston College, recalls growing up loving books. “In today’s digital world,” she notes, “it’s more important than ever to know how it feels to have a good book in your hands.” Among the paperback books chosen for this year’s giveaway are Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point,” Carl Hiaasen’s “Hoot,” and Solomon Northup’s “Twelve Years a Slave.” Event director Carl Lennertz calls Poehler’s participation “the icing, cherry, and candles on the year three WBN cake.”

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