You may recall that last year Chichester Copywriter was disappointed to have missed out on the World Book Night selection process – but this did Katy the opportunity to report on local book-givers here. This year she was ready to fill in her details and apply to be World Book Night Giver from the off and we’re delighted to announce that Katy of Chichester Copywriter will be giving away 24 copies of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak on 23rd April, 2012!
World Book Night (WBN) is a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of people gift books within their communities to spread the joy and love of reading on each year on 23rd April. The idea is to connect readers with one another, encourage those who don’t read to read and encourage those who usually stick to the same genre to try something new. This year, World Book Night will not only be celebrated in the UK but also in Ireland, Germany and USA.
From 25th June to 31st August, 2011 readers were asked to nominate the 10 books that they most love to read, give and share. Over 6,000 people nominated more than 8,000 titles, which were whittled down to 100 books and used to inform the choice of the editorial selection committee who selected the WBN 2012 titles. The books on this year’s list contain 25 favourites including classics like Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, horror like Misery by Stephen King, historical fiction like Harlequin by Bernard Cornwell, “chick-lit fiction” like The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella and travel literature like Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson.
When you apply to be a World Book Night Giver you are asked to provide the organisers with two choices of books you’d like to give and a reason why you should be selected. Katy’s second choice was another of her favourite books The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, which was made into a film starring Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams in 2009. Laura Cartledge, Feature writer and columnist for etc Magazine and the Observer series, will be giving away copies of The Time Traveler’s Wife for World Book Night at the Picturedrome in Bognor Regis on 23rd April. Laura hopes to gift copies to people who would usually choose to watch a film rather than read a book while attracting some attention for the small cinema and its plight for survival.
The Book Thief, however, was Chichester Copywriter’s first choice and she was lucky to be selected to share it with others. The Book Thief takes place in Nazi Germany in 1939 where the country is holding its breath and Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street because her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. It’s a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery. Katy listened to the absorbing dark fairytale on audiobook in 2011 and loves the way it gives a totally different perspective of WWII,
The World Book Night organisers were taken aback by this particular readers’ choice:
“We were a little surprised by The Book Thief being voted third in the WBN top 100, not because we don’t think it’s an absolutely amazing book, but because we didn’t realise so many others did as well. An incredibly powerful book that captures the hearts of readers of all ages and takes you on an amazing journey.”
Chichester Copywriter wants to gift copies to people who haven’t read The Book Thief, and more specifically Katy would like to attract the interest of local people who’ve not read any Markus Zusak books before or don’t usually read historical fiction.
On Monday 23rd April from 15.00 Katy will be giving out her books at the following Chichester landmarks:
- Chichester Assembly Rooms 15.00-16.00*
- Chichester Market Cross 16.00-17.00*
- Chichester Cathedral 17.00-18.00 (weather permitting)*
This will give those who receive books the opportunity to start reading their new book on World Book Night! All Katy will ask for in return is the name of the recipient and a photograph for the Chichester Copywriter blog, you can’t say fairer than that, really. Please come along on the day to locations stated above and tell your friends!
Please note that these are approximate timings and locations. Katy will always be at one of the locations mentioned above between 15.00 and 18.00 on 23rd April or until she runs out of books. To find out whether Katy is still out and about handing out books you can always give her a call on 07986 802194.