Friday, 19 April 2013

World Book Night 2013

So, Tuesday will bring upon us World Book Night 2013! For those of you who have never really heard about World Book Night - its mission is to reach out to those people who have least access to books and those who could benefit the most for them. Each year, they select a list of twenty books to be donated by their 'givers'. This years books are: -

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
Little Face by Sophie Hannah
Damage by Josephine Hart
The Island by Victoria Hislop
Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
The Reader by Bernard Schlink
No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Road Home by Rose Tremain

'Givers' are people who sign up online and donate a little bit of their time to go and hand out books in their community on World Book Night. 'Givers' are provided with twenty copies of their selected book, and encouraged to go and hand them out to people in their communities for free. Some people donate to hospices, hospitals, prisons whilst some people simply hand them out on their daily commute - with the mission to inspire people to read and change their attitudes towards books.

In addition to the work done by the 'Givers' - World Book Night events are being held nationwide, and this year a flagship event is being held in St Georges Hall in Liverpool. The event plays host World Book Night authors; Phillippa Gregory, Jasper Fforde, Patrick Ness, Jackie Kay and Jeanette Winterson and will also include readings, discussions, debates, a literary cafe, a marketplace, a poetry corner and the chance to get up close to some superstar authors. 

If you live in or around Liverpool, make sure you drop in to St Georges hall between 5pm and 9pm. And if you live elsewhere then why not check out whatever World Book Night events are being held in your area?  


  1. I think World Book Night is such a good idea and, although I don't think I'm old enough, if I was then I'd definitely volunteer to help out. Thanks for posting! :)

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