As you may have heard, Katy of Chichester Copywriter was selected as a World Book Night giver, allowing her the opportunity to spread the word about books and reading for World Book Night. Read more here.
Tasked with introducing The Book Thief by Markus Zusak to a new audience, Katy took her 24 copies to Denman’s Gardens on 22nd April and to the (very wet) streets of Chichester and Chichester Library on 23rd April. Here’s a little bit about some of the people that benefited from The Book Thief courtesy of Chichester Copywriter this World Book Night…
Denman’s Gardens, Fontwell, nr Chichester
- The first book from the pile went to Julia from Billingshurst (left) who dislikes chic lit with a passion but loves children’s books and classics.
- Moira Strickland of Garage Ceramics told Katy that she likes to read everything, from children’s books to westerns and horror, and said that she would most certainly be reading a book to celebrate World Book Night.
- Ivy, who teaches religious studies, said that she reads religious texts and biographies as a rule but was looking forward to reading some fiction with religion as one of its central themes. She said that she’d be attending a WI Book Club event to celebrate World Book Night.
- Clive from Horsham, who reads mostly academic non-fiction, was recently told by a friend that he should read more. Claiming The Book Thief for World Book Night was the start of his new outlook!
- Pim from Eastergate revealed that although she already enjoys historical fiction she wanted to try something slightly different and had The Book Thief recommended to her by a friend.
Chichester Assembly Rooms and Chichester Market Cross
- Susan from Wittering, who reads all sorts, hadn’t heard of World Book Night, the book or the author and was intrigued to know more.
- Barbara from Selsey said that the mystery genre is her favourite but she was reading a Rosie Thomas at the time and was quite open to trying something new.
- Alan revealed that he was man with a penchant for sports biographies and only really read fiction with a dark humour. Katy recommended that The Book Thief should appeal to his humour.
- Graham was another middle-aged sports biography fan. He said that the last novel he read was Great Expectations when he was at school and he was looking forward to jumping back into the world of non-fiction with Markus Zusak.
- Deena from Walberton told Katy that she enjoys reading anything but enjoys nothing more than a good murder mystery. The Book Thief was going to be a welcome change.
- Ian, a lecturer at Chichester University, had The Book Thief recommended to him and was looking to buy a copy. He was delighted to receive one for free!
- Helen Beal (left) came along to Chichester Copywriter’s Writers’ Retreat last year and loves a good book. She lives locally and Katy knew she wanted a copy so Helen got a home-delivery of The Book Thief!
- Bill Strohacker of Strohacker Creative was reading Angels and Demons by Dan Brown when Katy gifted him a World Book Night book. He was looking forward to giving The Book Thief a try and was planning to pass it on to his wife after reading.
The free, public event at Chichester Library was the perfect homage to World Book Night. The library had set up a table where World Book Night givers could display their books and members of the public were welcome to choose the title that they fancied to take home. They could also take part in a World Book Night quiz, where they had more chances to get their hands on this year’s titles.
Local authors Isabel Ashdown and Gabrielle Kimm made an appearance at the library and Isabel took home a copy of The Book Thief. Katy also gave a copy to a Chichester-based creative writer called Sangeeta who has just finished drafting her first novel and wanted some advice on agents and publishing.
A worthy cause…
All in all, Katy met some lovely people and it was truly heart-warming to be able to give books to members of the public who were prepared to try something new. This is the whole point of World Book Night and if Chichester Copywriter has persuaded just one person to try a different genre, read more fiction, buy more books or borrow from their local library then that’s a great achievement.
It would mean a lot if anyone who received a copy of The Book Thief from Chichester Copywriter for World Book Night could leave their thoughts on the book in the comments below…