Monday, 28 February 2011

Free book giveaway for World Book Night

As part of World Book Night on March 5, passionate readers from Herefordshire Council’s libraries will be giving away free books at The Green Dragon, Hereford.

World Book Night represents the most ambitious and far-reaching celebration of adult books and reading ever attempted in the UK.

Across the country, 20,000 book lovers will give away a million books on the first ever World Book Night.

That evening BBC2 will be broadcasting a Culture Show special devoted to books and reading.

In the two week run-up to World Book Night, Anne Robinson will be hosting a new daily chat show for BBC Two Daytime – My Life in Books - which invites well-known personalities to share their life in books. It will be on at 18.30pm each weekday from Monday 21 February for two weeks.

Among the guests are: the Duchess of Devonshire; actors Larry Lamb and Elizabeth McGovern; comedians Sarah Millican and Hardeep Singh Kohli; authors PD James and Jeanette Winterson.

Some Herefordshire council staff have been chosen to be givers of the 25 carefully selected books which include titles such as Kate Atkinson’s Case Histories, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters.

“We will be in the Green Dragon that evening from 6pm to 8pm giving away free books and chatting about our favorite reads, so if you love to read please come and join us,” said Anne-Marie Dossett, Herefordshire Council’s reader development librarian.

If you want to read all the 25 books that have been chosen as part of the giveaway, they are available to borrow from Herefordshire Council’s libraries. It is free to join online at  

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