Like a Record Store Day, only for people who enjoy silence, World Book Night is part of a campaign to encourage more people to pick up a book and maybe even read it. On April 23, volunteers will make that task even easier by distributing tens of thousands of specially selected books to friends and neighbors. The international bid for a wider reading audience began in 2011 and this year will include more than 20 author events in the United States the evening before the big giveaway. Five of those events will be scattered around Los Angeles, from downtown's Last Bookstore (featuring Ransom Riggs of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children) to Malibu's Diesel bookstore (Jesse Andrews) to Leimert Park's Eso Won Books (Terry McMillan). Highest profile of the April 22 events may be at the Grove's Barnes & Noble, which hosts prolific crime novelist Michael Connelly. The former Los Angeles Times reporter has been running his reoccurring character Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch up and down Los Angeles in thrillers including Angels Flight and Echo Park for more than 20 years. Barnes & Noble at the Grove, 189 Grove Drive, Miracle Mile; Tue., April 22, 7 p.m.; free. (323) 525-0270,

Tue., April 22, 7 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 04/22/14)

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