"World Book Night 2013 launches tonight with the titles announcement for 2013, and the official opening of the giver recruitment process. 20,000 members of the public will volunteer to give away 20 copies of one of 20 books on 23rd April 2013 to help spread a love of reading. 400,000 books will be distributed by individual givers on World Book Night – in total World Book Night will give the equivalent of an average day’s book sales in the UK. An additional 100,000 books will be distributed centrally by World Book Night through charity partners and institutions.
World Book Night CEO Julia Kingsford said:
“Fiction and non-fiction, classic and contemporary, prize winners and bestsellers; this year’s World Book Night books are united by being brilliantly enjoyable reads. With the help of 20,000 passionate volunteers putting them directly into the hands of those who don’t regularly read, they’ll inspire hundreds of thousands of people across the country to fall in love with reading.”
The 2013 Titles are:
1. The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry (Faber)
2. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (RHCB)
3. The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (HarperCollins)
4. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (Hodder)
5. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming (Vintage)
6. A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich (Yale)
7. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory (Simon & Schuster)
8. Little Face by Sophie Hannah (Hodder)
9. Damage by Josephine Hart (Virago)
10. The Island by Victoria Hislop (Headline)
11. Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay (Picador)
12. Last Night Another Soldier… by Andy McNab (Transworld)
13. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Penguin)
14. Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Walker)
15. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink (Orion)
16. No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (Little, Brown)
17. Treasure Island by R. L. Stevenson (Penguin)
18. The Road Home by Rose Tremain (Vintage)
19. Judge Dredd: The Dark Judges by John Wagner (Rebellion)
20. Why be Happy When You Could be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (Vintage)
The giving process is now officially open, and World Book Night is calling for members of the public to apply to be a ‘Giver’ through its brand new website www.worldbooknight.org which also launches today. Applications will close on 23 January 2013, and successful applicants will be informed by mid-February 2013.
World Book Night is committed to introducing reading to those in hardest to reach communities – reluctant readers, or those who simply don’t have access to books. This year’s list includes a ‘Quick Read’ by Andy McNab - marking a new partnership between World Book Night and Quick Reads* - and for the first time ever, a graphic novel, offering a diverse range of titles that should have something for everyone.
Reiterating last year’s focus on institutional giving, a further 100,000 copies will again be distributed centrally by World Book Night through prisons, libraries, hospitals and other places where books are not readily available. In addition, by popular demand, it will now be possible for institutional givers to apply through the website for multiple sets of books.
World Book Night began in 2011 as a unique collaboration between publishers, booksellers, librarians, writers and individual members of the public – all of whom are committed to sharing their love of books and reading with the wider world, improving literacy levels and changing lives through the giving away of specially printed books. In the UK, over half of adults of working age have literacy levels below the level of a good GCSE, whilst 16% are at or below that of an 11 year old. Research has proved that sparking a desire to read can have profound effects on literacy, not to mention employability, social interaction, happiness and well-being.
Since the first World Book Night, hundreds of thousands of people, from every corner of the UK, have got involved and experienced the amazing feeling that giving the gift of a book can have.
“For me, World Book Night 2012 turned into a day about people, sharing and passing on a bit of hope to those who doubt that there is anything worth hoping for.”
- Emily Hunter, WBN 2012 Giver, The Alchemist
Survey results from over 11,000 givers from 2012 show that World Book Night was an overwhelmingly positive experience, with 98% saying that they would consider applying to be a giver in subsequent years, and 98.8% saying that they would recommend it to others. 95% of those surveyed felt that they had been quite or very successful at reaching those who don’t regularly read"
Over to you Random Readers..............