One Million Books To Be Given Away For World Book Night
Two Acton book lovers will be part of group 20,000 people giving away free books this weekend
A million books are expected to be given away this weekend, to mark the first ever World Book Night, and two of the givers will be on hand in Acton.
Active ActonW3.com forum contributor Sara Nathan will be at the Acton Market this Saturday to give away 48 copies of 'Stuart: A Life Backwards' by Alexander Masters. Sara will at be the Churchfield Community Association's monthly stall on The Mount from 10am.
Elsewhere, Lena Inger has decided to handpick her 48 lucky recipients of Seamus Heaney's New Selected Poems. Ms. Inger says she chose Heaney's book to give away because she's Irish herself and is hugely proud of her countryman.
I was asked by the organisers to say to whom I would be giving the books, and I said, "to people with very busy lives, that is - people who find it difficult to make time to read, but who would enjoy a book they could easily dip in and out of. Also, I think it might encourage people who don't normally read poetry to give it a try."
Jamie Byng, Chairman, World Book Night says “World Book Night is a unique collaboration between publishers, booksellers, libraries, writers and individual members of the public and one that I think is going to have an enormously positive impact on books and reading. There are few things more meaningful than the personal recommendation and having one million books given to one million different people on one night in this way is both unprecedented and hugely exciting.”
01 March 2011