Why we’re celebrating World Book Night

Tonight’s the night. All over the country passionate readers – along with a cast of well-known authors and advocates – will come together to give, share and receive books in a spirit of generosity, passion and mass participation.

Through its unique delivery World Book Night involves tens of thousands of people in sharing the value of reading in their communities and delivers brilliant books directly into the hands of those who might never otherwise engage with books and reading.

Here’s a film we made last year following the experience of one book-giver, followed by footage of our special event with Maggie O’Farrell.

This year we’ve got together with the Reading Agency to host another special event, this time with local best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith along with Lesley Glaister and Meaghan Delahunt. We’re also hosting events with some of our other favourite writers including Allan Guthrie, Andrew Greig and Caroline Dunford.

Plus there’s a bookswap at Corstorphine, a quiz at Oxgangs and a Pirate Treasure Hunt at Leith.

We’re huge fans of World Book night because its aims are so similar to ours. We believe that reading changes lives, improves employability, social skills, enfranchisement and can have an effect on mental health and happiness.

World Book Night is about getting books to those who might not otherwise engage with books and reading. And so are we.

Happy World Book Night.

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