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Nashville author honorary chair of World Book Night

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An international effort to get people reading has a big connection to Nashville.

Best selling author and Nashville resident Ann Patchett is an honorary chair of the U.S. chapter of World Book Night.

On World Book Night, volunteers hand out thousands of free books to people who may not have the money or easy access to buy books for themselves.

It's all about spreading the love of reading, person-to-person.

"It can be an instructional book or it can be pure fiction, but you still find out something about how other people live.  It kind of helps in developing empathy for other people and other lives or it's just pure escapism sometimes.  It's just a great way to get your mind in another place and relax and enjoy a good read," said Karen Hayes of Parnassus Books.

Karen Hayes and Ann Patchett own Parnassus Books in Green Hills.

World Book Night volunteers in Nashville will pick up their books at the store. Thirty works will be distributed.

When you apply to volunteer, you get to select the top three books you'd like to hand out.

World Book Night is April 23.

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