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Asian-themed books distributed in London

7th May 2010

Readers in London are set to receive copies of almost 500 Asian-themed books during the month of May as part of a new initiative aimed at sharing literature.

The release of Asian books in Marylebone is being spearheaded by BookCrossing, which is hoping to distribute the novels to people who are not familiar with literature from or related to Asia.

Part of the Asia House Festival of Asian Literature, the book-sharing month has been described as an 'Earth friendly' way to promote under-represented cultures.

All the books will be tagged so that their journeys across the city - and beyond - can be monitored by BookCrossing.

Commenting on the initiative, journalist and author Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, who wrote The Settler's Cookbook, told the London Insider: 'What an exciting idea - a relay race of words with books passed on from person to person and tracked, telling stories of Asia, its rich past and present, helping readers to understand why the future blows eastwards.'

The Settler's Cookbook was described by the Guardian as a 'brave book'.

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