We may debate whether they read or write in the Star Wars universe — but one thing's for sure: the Star Wars tie-in books and novelizations have inspired countless people to start reading. There are so many Star Wars books and graphic novels now, it's like a whole literary genre up to itself.

So it's fitting that George Lucas' creation is getting people into bookstores and libraries on Saturday. It's Star Wars Reads Day, and there are tons of events all over the United States — click here to see a map of all of the events, and find one in your area. And check out the video above, to hear author Timothy Zahn talking about why he thinks the Star Wars books appeal to fans of the movies. [Star Wars Reads Day]