On Saturday, 5th March 2011, two days after World Book Day a new event has been added to book loving calendars worldwide. This is World Book Night – the biggest celebration of adult books and reading ever attempted. A night in which 1,000,000 books will be given away by readers just like you to encourage people to pick up and start reading.
I think this is a genuinely lovely campaign as the drive to get people reading shouldn’t be focused on children alone. Just think almost 1 in every 60 people in the country will be given the opportunity of reading some of the best literature around. The books can be donated by ‘givers’ to individuals, groups, libraries etc.
As well as giving books away, the campaign is providing information on accessing local libraries and reading groups and promoting such a worthy aim is always good.
The 25 books being given away this year are;
Kate Atkinson – Case Histories (Black Swan)
Margaret Atwood – The Blind Assassin (Virago)
Alan Bennett – A Life Like Other People’s (Faber/Profile)
John Le Carré – The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (Penguin)
Lee Child – Killing Floor (Bantam)
Carol Ann Duffy – The World’s Wife (Picador)
Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vintage)
Seamus Heaney – Selected Poems (Faber)
Marian Keyes – Rachel’s Holiday (Penguin/Poolbeg)
Mohsin Hamid – The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Penguin)
Ben Macintyre – Agent Zigzag (Bloomsbury)
Gabriel García Márquez – Love in the Time of Cholera (Penguin)
Yann Martel – Life of Pi (Canongate)
Alexander Masters – Stuart: A Life Backwards (Fourth Estate)
Rohinton Mistry – A Fine Balance (Faber)
David Mitchell – Cloud Atlas (Sceptre)
Toni Morrison – Beloved (Vintage)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Half of a Yellow Sun (Fourth Estate)
David Nicholls – One Day (Hodder)
Philip Pullman – Northern Lights (Scholastic)
Erich Maria Remarque – All Quiet on the Western Front (Vintage)
C.J. Sansom – Dissolution (Pan)
Nigel Slater – Toast (Fourth Estate)
Muriel Spark – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Penguin)
Sarah Waters – Fingersmith (Virago)
To read the official press announcement click here.
To register as a potential ‘giver’ of books click here.
Closer to the date I intend on posting a review of my favourite choice of the available books on their list. Of the listed books to be given away, which is your favourite? Is there a book you would have liked to have seen on the list as an example of a ‘reading-turn-on’?