23 April is a big day for books

World Book Night 2014It’s no coincidence that today, 23 April is Shakespeare’s birth (and death) day, St George’s Day and, later on, World Book Night.

It’s also the UNESCO International Day of the Book – read more about the date on the World Book Night website.

We’ll be celebrating alongside our Triborough colleagues with linked events taking place in Shepherd’s Bush, Kensington and Paddington libraries – meet Emily Winslow at Paddington Library from 6.00-8.00pm. We also have another great author event happening at Pimlico Library, where we’ll be joined by Prajwal Parajuly discussing his book Land where I Flee. Kicking off the activities, 11-18 year olds are invited to celebrate with Real Life Ghost Stories in Kensal Green Cemetary – an event organised by Queen’s Park Library. It’s free, but booking is essential and it starts at 1.15pm today – so contact the library to book your place now!

Alongside the celebrations, WBN Book Givers are invited to take the opportunity to give away books. Some staff members let me know which books they’ll be giving away and why:

After the Funeral by Agatha Christie“I shall be giving away copies of Agatha Christie’s crime thriller After the Funeral at Paddington Library.
I chose it because I enjoy books set in the England of yesteryear – nostalgia about middle class small town life. This novel was turned in to a film called ‘Murder at the Gallop’, starring Margaret Rutherford as the amateur sleuth, Miss Marple.”

“I plan to give away copies of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City to the homeless people who use Charing Cross Library and The Connection at St Martins in the Fields. It’s a bit of escapism to San Francisco and the ‘family’ in the boarding house of Mrs Madrigal, where all sorts of people live, love and grieve.”

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin“I’ll be giving out Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin, just because it’s a great read, funny and will put a smile on faces. I will be giving the book out at Pimlico Library.”


We wish everyone a great World Book Night, whether a Book Giver or simply a reader, and hope to see you at one of our events.


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