World Book Night

World Book Night

Did you know it is World Book Night today, 23 April. Why today? Because Shakespeare was born and died on this date. I’ve just been to a celebratory event put on by my local library. David Almond gave an inspirational talk about the importance of reading and how story-telling goes back to our origins, or at least to prehistoric times when we formed groups and artists and story tellers were members of these groups. We had some readings from librarians and also a literary quiz.

In the UK around 35% of the population don’t read books. One of the ideas of World Book Night is for publishers to make available a selection of fiction free of charge, and afterwards we each took a book we thought would be good to give to someone who doesn’t read much.

Has anyone else been involved in WBN? If so, could you post what you did on my comments please. I’m curious to know, for example, which countries organise events or for that matter recognise the annual date.

You can read all about WBN, including the books that are being given away, at the following:

http://www.worldbooknight.org/

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