Monday 23 April 2012

Happy World Book Night!

Happy World Book Night!

Today across the UK, Ireland, Germany and the US almost 80,000 people will give over 2 million books to spread their passion for books and reading in their communities and encourage new people to fall in love with reading.

In the UK and Ireland, 20,000 givers including the Duchess of Cornwell and Stephen Fry will be giving specially printed copies of the 25 books. There are givers all across the country from the Shetlands to the Channel Islands and almost every populated corner in between. In addition more than 70,000 books will be going in to over 110 prisons for prisoners as well as their families (to enable shadow reading) and staff.

This year the books include an extract from another book recommended by the author to encourage recipients on to their next, as well as a Shakespeare sonnet chosen by poet Don Paterson to celebrate our greatest writer's birth and death day.

How you can celebrate
  • Tell everyone you know about what books and reading mean to you (as well as about World Book Night). If you're using social media, follow us on twitter @worldbooknight and use #worldbooknight to follow today's activities. On facebook you can like us and join in the conversation - we're asking everyone to share their favourite book as their status update to spread the word.
  • Give / share your favourite book with someone today
  • Visit your local library and bookshop. Join your library, ask your librarian or bookseller for a recommendation, buy or borrow an amazing new book you'd never otherwise have discovered.
  • Celebrate this evening at one of the hundreds of events taking place around the country from author readings to quizes and parties as well as candle-lit readings or you can watch our flagship London event live streamed on your computer. SImply login or register for an account and follow the link from the homepage this evening. Event starts at 7.15pm.
Many people are already asking about how they can sign up to be a giver and get involved with World Book Night 2013 as well as what the titles will be and which new countries will be celebrating. We won't be announcing anything for 2013 till later in the year but you will be one of the first to know, and if your friends and family want to stay up to date please tell them to join our mailing list

We hope you have a very happy World Book Night!

World Book Night 2012 Titles
Pride & Prejudice

Jane Austen
The Player of Games
Iain M Banks
Mark Billingham
Notes from a Small Island
Bill Bryson
The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho
The Take
Martina Cole
Bernard Cornwell
Someone Like You
Roald Dahl
A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens
Emma Donoghue
Daphne Du Maurier
The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro
Stephen King
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic
Sophie Kinsella
Small Island
Andrea Levy
Let the Right One In
John Ajvide Lindqvist
The Road
Cormac McCarthy
The Time Traveler’s Wife
Audrey Niffenegger
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
Maggie O’Farrell
The Damned Utd
David Peace
Good Omens
Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
How I Live Now
Meg Rosoff
Touching the Void
Joe Simpson
I Capture the Castle
Dodie Smith
The Book Thief
Markus Zusak

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