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:-
- A Fine Balance, this spring's read for an online book club I subscribe to.
- Stuart: A Life Backwards is also on the list. I just bought it from Amazon.
- Preseli Mags had given me the Life of Pi, right before we went to the World Book Night.
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.|
(*) 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.