Apr 20

World Book Night 2017

World Book Night 2017

rose 2


Once again, on 23 April there will be hundreds of volunteers giving away free books throughout the UK. The organisers hope to bring the joys of reading to people who do not normally read for pleasure. Books will be distributed through care Homes, Youth Centres,Colleges, Prisons,  Public Libraries, Mental Health Groups and elsewhere


Why 23 April? 

  •  Two famous writers both have 23 April as the anniversary of their death *even though they died 11 days apart.
  • How? Read on....
  • St George´s Day, 23 April is celebrated in England, as St George is the Patron Saint of England, and it is traditional to wear a red rose in his honour. But, St George is also an important Saint in Spain, particularly in Catalonia, where 23 April has been ‘The Day of the Rose’ since 1436.
  • In honour of Miguel de Cervantes, soldier, novelist, poet and playwright, best known as the author of Don Quixote, this date has also been World Book and Copyright Day, also known as the International Day of the Book, since 1926. Books, as well as roses have been given as love tokens on that date since then.

Cervantes(1547-1616 ) actually died on 22 April and was buried on 23 April *according to the Gregorian Calendar which was still in use in Spain.

There’s the first clue to the earlier question!

  • In 1995 UNESCO decided that World Book and Copyright day would be on this date because of the Catalonian festival and also because it was the date of both the birth, in 1564, and the death, in 1616 of William Shakespeare. A fortuitous coincidence for UNESCO, except that in actual fact Shakespeare died 11 days after Cervantes, on 23 April on the *Julian calendar which was in use in England.

Got it?

In Spain Don Quixote is read in a two day read-athon on 22 and 23 April every year.
In England, and also in Germany, the event has mushroomed and it is hoped that in the future it really will become a WORLD Book day and be celebrated worldwide.
The main event in England on 23 April is now actually World Book NIGHT, when, with massive media coverage volunteers undertake to give away books, to people who do not read regularly, encouraging them to make a commitment to reading the book and then passing it on to another infrequent reader.

This year’s list of books will include:

The Bones of Grace by Tahmima Anam (Canongate)
Payback by Kimberley Chambers (Harper)
Raven Black by Ann Cleeves (Pan Macmillan)
A Very Distant Shore by Jenny Colgan (Orion) Quick Reads
Streets of Darkness by A. A. Dhand (Transworld)
The Beach Café by Lucy Diamond (Pan Macmillan)
Faded Glory by David Essex (Head of Zeus)
Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo (Penguin General)
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding (Vintage)
The Traitor (Carnivia Trilogy) by Jonathan Holt (Head of Zeus)
False Nine (Scott Manson series) by Philip Kerr (Head of Zeus)
The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan (Hodder & Stoughton)
Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence (Hachette Children’s)
Animal Kingdom by Millie Marotta (Pavilion)
The Good Son by Paul McVeigh (Salt)
One False Move by Dreda Say Mitchell (Hodder & Stoughton) Quick Reads
Wonder by R. J. Palacio (Penguin Random House Children’s)
The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink (Pan Macmillan)
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Vintage)
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Penguin General)
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (Harlequin)
The Missing by C. L. Taylor (Avon)
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen Aged 83 ¼ – Anonymous (Michael Joseph)


Check here for the full list of books to be given away free on 23 April, World Book Night 2017




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.