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World Book Night events announced 07.02.11

Preparations are underway in Sutton for the first ever World Book Night, set to take place on Saturday 5 March.

World Book Night Events announced - Inbali Iserles

Sutton Central Library will be staying open until midnight to celebrate the nationwide festival with a packed evening of events.

Highlights are set to include a talk on "Writing Historical Fiction" from popular local author and historian Alison Wier, a ghost story telling as midnight draws near, the launch of Tygrine Cat: On the Run, the new book from writer Inbali Iserles and a craft and book trail in the children's library for younger visitors.

Cllr Sean Brennan, Leader of Sutton Council, said: "A love of reading can be a wonderful gift, so I'm very pleased that Sutton Library is participating in this brand new worldwide event to help promote an interest in books.

"With such a wide range of activities there's something for everyone to enjoy, so do come down and join in the festivities."

At the heart of World Book Night is a country-wide giveaway of one million books. Publishers, broadcasters and library staff have drawn up a list of 25 works of fiction, poetry and memoir, all chosen for the enthusiasm that they inspire in their fans. 200,000 book lovers will be given the chance to give away 48 copies of their favourite book from the list, to help share their love of reading.  As well as the 960,000 books passed on this way, 40,000 will be distributed by World Book Night to people who might otherwise not be able to participate.

World Book Night comes two days after World Book Day, which aims to increase literacy and enjoyment of reading among young people.

To see the full list of events, go to http://www.sutton.gov.uk/wbn Most events are free, but some require booking or carry a small charge. For more information on World Book Night, visit www.worldbooknight.org

Last updated: Tuesday, 08 March 2011

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