On Monday 24th October the official 25 World Book Night titles were unveiled at drinks reception at Waterstone’s Piccadilly.
We at Headline were lucky enough to have three titles on this year’s list: The Take by Martina Cole, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell and Small Island by Andrea Levy. Neil Gaiman was also selected for his Good Omens title written with Sir Terry Pratchett. Andrea Levy attended the launch which was held in the swanky 5th floor bar in Waterstones’ flagship store.
Following the hugely successful launch of World Book Night in March earlier this year, next year on 23rd April, over one million books will be distributed at venues across the country including prisons, hostels, pubs and hospitals. This year’s selection was partly chosen by members of the public, who helped to draw up a list of 100 books over the summer. Those 100 titles acted as a starting point for the final shortlist, which was decided by a panel of experts chaired by novelist Tracy Chevalier, and featuring two members of the public amongst their number. One of the members of the public was Chris Queree, a giver in 2011 who has spent over five and a half years working in literacy development at HMP Bristol. He made a touching speech at the announcement party where he talked about the importance of reading for those that might not have easy access to books.
The full list of 25 titles, plus details of how to apply to become a volunteer distributor, are available on the World Book Night website. Make sure to sign up to be a volunteer, and who knows, you might be giving away one of our three Headline titles!
Posted by Sam Eades, Publicity