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Local readers to donate books on World Book Night

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Published: 16/04/2013

There are also a range of book themed events taking place in South Gloucestershire’s libraries to mark World Book Night between 22 and 27 of April.

World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift specially chosen and printed World Book Night books in their communities to share their love of reading.

Each year 20,000 volunteers are recruited nationally to hand out books to members of their community who don’t regularly read. This year there are over 100 volunteer book givers in South Gloucestershire who hope to inspire new readers with a love for books. These volunteers will hand out their favourite book from a specially selected list of 20 titles that were suggested by public vote and then chosen by an independent editorial committee of passionate experts representing librarians, booksellers, writers and the media.

By enlisting thousands of passionate book lovers around the country, World Book Night reaches out to the millions of people in the UK who have yet to fall in love with reading in the hope to start them on their reading journey.

Hundreds of events are taking place across the country on and around Tuesday 23 April to celebrate books and reading. South Gloucestershire’s local libraries have organised the following special events:

Chat about books

Monday 22 April, 4pm to 6pm

Cadbury Heath Library

If you love reading and want to talk to others about your favourite books, discover the World Book Night authors, or would just like to get started reading; this is the event for you. Come along for some coffee and lively chat about books.

Ask the Author

Tuesday 23 April, 7pm (£2.60)

Downend Library

A special evening with two local writers who will share their experiences of launching a new novel. Ali Bacon introduces A Kettle of Fish, a rollercoaster of a family drama, whilst fellow author and journalist Simon Hacker talks about Polar Night, the dark tale of a refugee polar bear whose arrival on the shores of Sutherland triggers a race against nature and time. Tickets cost £2.60 (including refreshments) and are available through libraries or online through our library events page

Books & Biscuits

Tuesday 23 April, 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Patchway Library

Join in an evening of banter, books and biscuits.

An evening with bestselling crime writer Tim Weaver

Thursday 25 April, 7.30pm

Filton Library

Tim Weaver, the bestselling author of Vanished, The Dead Tracks, and Chasing the Dead, will be talking about his novels. Free tickets are available from Filton Library and online through our library events page

World Book Night Quiz

Tuesday 23 April, 7.30pm (£2.60)

Winterbourne Library

Test your knowledge on a wide range of topics, not just books, at this quiz night for teams of up to five people. Tickets cost £2.60 per person and are available from Winterbourne Library.

World Book Night free book give-away

Tuesday 23 April (all day)

Hanham Library

Come along to Hanham Library and pick up a free book.

Thornbury Library at Coffee 1

Tuesday 23 April, 11am to 1pm

Thornbury Library at Coffee 1

Visit Coffee 1 on Thornbury’s High Street to receive a free copy of Jeanette Winterson’s memoir Why be happy when you could be normal? (while stocks last, so come along early).

World Book Night Coffee & Cakes

Saturday 27 April, 10.30am to 12pm

Filton Library

Coffee and cakes, plus the chance to choose a free book from the selection of World Book Night titles available (while stocks last).

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