Books inspire people to be compassionate to those who are different, according to American author Emily Winslow. The writer of ‘The Start of Everything’ – a psychological thriller which explores the murder of a teenage girl, was at Paddington Library on Wednesday 23 April, discussing how reading has shaped her life. She said:
“The biggest thing as a reader and as a writer is that books inspire me to be compassionate to people who are different.”
The event was part of World Book Night, an annual celebration of reading. As well as speaking to library-goers about her works, Emily took to the streets with library staff to give out books free of charge to passers-by – nearly 250 books were given away!
Speaking after the event, Emily said:
“I have been incredibly impressed with Paddington Library – the building, the resources, and the people. Westminster is lucky to have resources like this, and I would encourage local families to make full use of them.”
Somebody who does make full use of Westminster libraries is Westminster Academy student Maura Miglietti. Maura, currently studying for her GCSEs, was at the World Book Night event and said:
“Me and my friends use local libraries every day, especially Paddington and Queen’s Park Library. They have lots of good books and are a great place to study!”
Also in the crowd were Paddington residents Shabnab and Avery, who were given a signed copy of Emily’s book after her talk (pictured). Shabnab said:
“I loved tonight’s World Book Night event, and use Paddington library all the time to loan books as well as DVDs. They help me with my English!”
If you came along to any of our Triborough World Book Night celebrations, or if you were given a free book, we hope you enjoyed it. Don’t forget – there are thousands more free (to borrow) books at your local library!
[Eve and Jack]