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BYOB Book Drive 2016: A Recap

For the second year running, Book Riot teamed up with the Harry Potter Alliance to help kick off their annual book drive. We threw parties in New York City and Los Angeles, organized a scavenger hunt in Washington, D.C. at the MLK Jr. Memorial Library, and had an all-around excellent time.

In New York, guest authors recommended and raffled off a book each from their personal libraries at our party at Tumblr HQ. You’ll all want to add these to your TBR lists:

  • Megan Abbott gave: Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran
  • Dhonielle Clayton gave: Tease by Amanda Maciel
  • Jeffrey Cranor gave: Of Things Gone Astray by Janina Matthewson
  • Danielle Henderson gave: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

And in Los Angeles, Mark Oshiro, Rachel Shukert, and an audience volunteer competed for the crown in the First Lines Gameshow (with thanks for the idea to Amy Stephenson and Booksmith) at The Last Bookstore. Congratulations to Shukert, who won the (actual) crown!

All told, we collected over 500 books for local charities. Many thanks to all who came out, to our partner organizations the Harry Potter Alliance and the DC Public Library Foundation, to Macmillan Teen and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell for providing prizes and swag, and to Orbit for matching some of our book donations! Scroll on for some snapshots.