World Book Night

Happy February! Hopefully it’ll be less grim than January. One of the things cheering me up this morning is an email I got from World Book Night, letting me know that my application to be a book giver was successful.

On 5th March I’ll be giving out 48 copies of Love in the time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez, which I’m really pleased about because it’s one of my absolute favourites (most of the others on my imaginary list of favourites are also by GGM…). So, I’ve got to get my thinking cap on about where and how I’m going to spread the magic realism love.

About World Book Night

World Book Night represents the most ambitious and far-reaching celebration of adult books and reading ever attempted in the UK and Ireland.

On Saturday, 5 March 2011, two days after World Book Day, with the full support of the Publishers Association, the Booksellers Association, the Independent Publishers Guild, the Reading Agency with libraries, World Book Day, the BBC and RTE, 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.



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