Tuesday, 23 April 2013

sharing stories at night

Tonight's the night: World Book Night is a celebration
of books and reading through which more than 20,000
volunteers, book lovers of all ages, gift carefully selected
and specially printed books to share the unique pleasure
of reading with those who have yet to discover it.
Each year WBN distributes half a million books in order
to reach potential readers in prisons, hospitals, care
homes, sheltered, supported and social housing, the
homeless and through partner charities all over UK
and Ireland but also in USA and Germany.

The special book event that not surprisingly coincides
with St. George's Day, the date of both birth and death of
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), is actually about people,
communities and connections; about reaching out to others
and touching lives in the simplest of ways, through the
sharing of stories. I hope it will soon become a truly 'world
event' spreading the sublime passion for reading person
to person, and moreover, supporting local bookshops 
in their day-to-day struggle to survive.

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