“To be given a book is like being given a ship: you become a Christopher Columbus and there’s no saying what you’ll find across the ocean. I’m delighted that Life of Pi is part of World Book Night. May all who receive the book reach safe harbour.”
Yann Martel

I recently found out about this wonderful event from my local library and felt a need to share with everyone. Spread the word people! ‘World Book Night’ will be premiering on 5th March 2011 all over the UK and Ireland. This gives us book lovers another opportunity to spread the reading virus further afield. The concept is simple: choose from one of the 25 books shortlisted, apply to be one of the people giving away that book, and become a ‘founder member’ of the club. 

Unfortunately applications have closed now, but those who are still interested can take part by watching this nationwide celebration of the written word via the BBC, where I gather there will be all night readings and other programmes. For more information about authors participating and the shortlist, visit www.worldbooknight.org.  You can also support the event via Twitter and Facebook.

“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.”