By: Dominic Jones
Lucasfilm announced today that it will be holding the third annual Star Wars Reads Day event on October 11, 2014. The event encourages book stores and libraries to hold Star Wars themed events, and provides them with suggested activities, and in some cases Star Wars author appearances. The event partners with all of the licensed Star Wars book publishers, including Del Rey, Dark Horse Comics, DK Books, Scholastic, and more!
Bookstores and libraries will once again feel the power of the Force.
Disney Publishing Worldwide and its publishing partners announced today the third annual Star Wars Reads Day, to be held October 11, 2014. Last year, Star Wars authors and costumed volunteers participated in over 2,000 Star Wars Reads Day events across North America and, for the first time, around the world. On October 11 of this year, Star Wars fans, authors, and artists will again come together in this multi-publisher initiative that celebrates reading and Star Wars. Participating publishing partners include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, Disney Book Group, DK, Klutz, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, and Workman Publishing.
"With the debut of our new animated series Star Wars Rebels launching on Disney XD this Fall, and the upcoming theatrical release of Episode VII in 2015, our third Star Wars Reads Day comes at an exciting time," says Carol Roeder, Director of Lucasfilm Franchise Publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide.
The following authors are confirmed to participate in official Star Wars Reads Day events: Chris Alexander (Star Wars Origami), Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda series), Jeffrey Brown (Goodnight Darth Vader, Star Wars: Jedi Academy), Troy Denning (Star Wars: Crucible), Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare's Star Wars, William Shakespeare's Empire Striketh Back, William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return), Jason Fry (LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded, Star Wars in 100 Scenes), Daniel Lipkowitz (LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles), John Jackson Miller (Star Wars: Kenobi), Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas (Star Wars: Death Star Owner's Technical Manual), Daniel Wallace (The Bounty Hunter Code, The Jedi Path), and Ryder Windham (Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide, Star Wars Rebels Junior Novel).
For updates and more information, follow Star Wars Reads Day on Facebook.
If you run a book store or library and would like to participate in the event (and why wouldn't you?) you can find all the details over at StarWars.com in their Star Wars Reads Day FAQ.
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