World Book Day: Save the date! Saturday 5 March 2011

Reply Wed 1 Dec, 2010 09:46 pm
Found out about this alleged world event from the great Canadian author, Margaret Atwood:
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.

The twenty-five titles were selected by a wide-ranging editorial committee, chaired by James Naughtie. After looking through the list of titles, you can apply to become a giver on World Book Night itself.

The list of 25 books chosen:

Any of our UK or Irish a2k members interested in delivering a book or few?
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Reply Sun 2 Jan, 2011 12:05 pm
This just tweeted:
WorldBookNight worldbooknight
So have you all signed up for World Book Night? Applications close on 4th

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Reply Sun 2 Jan, 2011 12:12 pm
i used to love the World Book encyclopedia when i was a kid
Reply Sun 2 Jan, 2011 12:20 pm
Same here. Used to browse it on those dull uneventful afterschool hours and weekends as a kid.
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 06:13 pm
I didn't realize that Margaret Atwood responded to one of my tweets in early December:
MargaretAtwood Margaret E. Atwood
@tsarstepan: Like World Series of Baseball, World Book Night is really LIMITED to 2 countries? M: Trial run. If successful they will expand!
2 Dec

So here's hoping that this experiment scores an A+ or higher. I want in on this action.
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Reply Sat 5 Mar, 2011 08:14 am
So today is world book day. Kind of anticlimactic considering the geographical limitations of the event.

Radio 4 interviews with 23 of the 25 World Book Night Authors
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