Sunday, 6 March 2011

World Book Night

World Book Night, what is it?

An extract from worldbooknight.org explains it.

"... one million books will be given away by an army of passionate readers to members of the public across the UK and Ireland.
The book give-away will comprise 40,000 copies of each of the 25 carefully selected titles, to be given away by 20,000 ‘givers’, who will each distribute 48 copies of their chosen title to whomever they choose on World Book Night. The remaining books will be distributed by World Book Night itself in places that might otherwise be difficult to reach, such as prisons and hospitals."
Brand new books for adults - the list of titles of which I was not aware of before we ventured out.

Strangely I found I had connections with a few of the books being distributed:-
Quite a coincidence - these books floating around me within the last week, all three on the list.

Our local event was held at Narberth Museum Bookshop and we were invited to attend by Chris S Stephens.

Mags and I received brand new copies of Fingersmith, given away by Chris himself.  Daniel Sheen was also at the Bookshop and he was giving away Cloud Atlas. Mags has previously read both and told me they are fantastic, Cloud Atlas being one of her most loved reads. Can't wait to discover the magic for myself and Maggie has now been inspired by this celebration of adult books to read them again.

What is also pretty special is that each book we have been given has an identification number in it so you can register on the World Book Night website and see the journey the book has taken from Giver to Reader and so on (*).

The children could also choose a book each free - needless to say they couldn't choose but one.
Chris Stephens with the young readers.
I want to join in next year, as a giver. How special... incredible.

(*) Put your hand up quickly if you would like me to pass on my copy of Fingersmith or Cloud Atlas to yourself, once I have read.  First come first served.

4 comments:

GaynorB said...

Just happened upon your blog and enjoyed it.
I'm a 50 something Welsh woman living in England and France.

Miss Sadie said...

What a great thing to do! Encourage people to read books. Interesting books. Perhaps fascinating books.

Well done, by 20,000 "givers," and those who organized, and those who gave books.

What a treat!

Lins' lleisio said...

Thanks GaynorB for following me, I'm always amazed when somebody takes the time and interest to do that. Thank you.

Miss Sadie, what a treat indeed. Makes you feel glad to be part of the human race.

my boomerang gang said...

we are a 3 generation family living together..feel free to follow us along as well

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