Sunday, April 21, 2013

World Book Night 2013

23rd April is (apart from being St George's Day), World Book Night 2013, the third such event in the UK.  The World Book Night event also ocurrs in Germany and the USA, though being English, and living in England I am of course concerned primarily with the UK.

You can find out more about the WBN UK by following this link.  At the bottom of the WBN site there are links to the US and German events if those are appropriate for you.

The chances of you reading a blog about books and not knowing about World Book Night are fairly slim, but in the event that you've not heard about it, the concept is that after a lengthy selection process 20 books are chosen and distributed to 'givers' who are to give them out on 23rd April.

The goal is to promote reading, literacy and so on.  The books are given out for free to anyone, and can be given out anywhere.  I just missed the application to be a giver this year, so I've put it in my diary to apply for 2014.  Last year two of my fellow book club members were givers, and I still have the books unread on my shelf (shame on me).

I was given Misery by Stephen King, and Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro last year.  A number of my favourite books and a few I'd love to read were on last years list.  This year I've only read two of the books, and a few are on my wishlist.

This years books are listed below, follow the link above to find out more, apply to be a giver, etc...

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
A Little History of the World by E.H Gombrich
Little Face by Sophie Hannah
Damage by Josephine Hart
The Island by Victoria Hislop
Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay
Last Night Another Soldier... by Andy McNab
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
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
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
Judge Dredd: The Dark Judges by John Wagner

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