As their website explains:
‘World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift books in their communities to share their love of reading.
How does World Book Night work?
25 titles are specially chosen and printed in World Book Night editions. Givers apply for a particular book (they get a first, second and third choice) which they must commit to gift to those who don’t regularly read, to share and spread their love of reading. Givers collect their books from their local bookshops and libraries, putting the very heart of our reading communities at the very heart of World Book Night.
It is difficult to quantify the value of reading on people’s lives, especially given the shocking statistics in the UK that outlines that one person in six struggles to read and write. Poor skills compromise health and well-being, confidence and employability. World Book Night’s charitable mission is to advance the education of the public by assisting in the promotion of literacy and the celebration of books and reading by creating unique moments which focus attention on adult literacy. By focusing on the enjoyment and engagement of reading we aim to reach and inspire those who have never discovered the value or pleasure of reading.’
World Book Night Events
There will be events happening all over the UK, Ireland, Germany, and the USA tonight.
Below are a small selection of choice events. For an event near you, see: http://www.worldbooknight.org/jomsocial/events.
Oxford has several planned events throughout today, including: –
- At Oxford Central Library, Tim Griggs will be reading from his new novel Distant Thunder, from 13.00-13.45: http://www.worldbooknight.org/jomsocial/events/viewevent/8886-Empire+in+a+21st+Century+novel
- Also at Oxford Central Library, Turl Street Writers (a local writers’ group) will be reading from their work, from 17.00-18.00: http://www.worldbooknight.org/jomsocial/events/viewevent/8887-Turl+Street+Writers
- At Albion Beatnik bookstore in Jericho, the Society of Young Publishers Oxford is hosting an evening of witty spoken word poetry, live music, and readings by candle light, from 19.00-22.00: http://www.worldbooknight.org/jomsocial/events/viewevent/8854-Society+of+Young+Publishers+Celebrates+World+Book+Night+%28Oxford%29
London is hosting the World Book Night Flagship Event (as well as many other events that can be found here):-
- The flagship event takes place at Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre, from 19.00. It will be hosted by Hardeep Singh Kohli and will include readings from authors and celebrities including Mark Haddon, David Nicholls, Mark Billingham, Meg Rosoff, Iain M Banks, Andrea Levy, Martina Cole, Jon Ronson, Elif Shafak, Lemn Sissay and the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company. You can also watch the event live online here.
Manchester is hosting a variety of events, including:-
- The City Library is hosting a book festival, from 19.30-21.00, with music from Violet Youth: http://www.worldbooknight.org/jomsocial/events/viewevent/8802-Violet+Youth+at+City+Library
Edinburgh is hosting:-
- Edinburgh Central Library is hosting the author Maggie O’Farrell in conversation with Jenny Brown, founder of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. The event runs from 18.30-21.15: http://www.worldbooknight.org/jomsocial/events/viewevent/8771-World+Book+Night+event+with+Maggie+O%E2%80%99Farrell+in+conversation+with+Jenny+Brown
Enjoy spreading the joy of reading!