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Bestselling crime novelists encourage library-saving events

11th May 2011

A number of the UK's bestselling crime novelists have come together to encourage lovers of the genre to stage events at their local libraries to keep the facilities open.

The Crime Writers Association (CWA) noted that libraries are regarded as a low priority by many local councils and will therefore be prime targets for budget cuts when they are forced to slash costs.

However, the CWA is now encouraging crime fiction fans and book lovers in general to stage and attend events at libraries which illustrate to decision-makers how vital the facilities are to boosting the popularity of literature.

Bestselling crime novelist and chair of the CWA Peter James also pointed to programmes such as the Young Crime Writers Competition, which he says acknowledge the role libraries play in encouraging young people to read.

'We feel it is not enough to say that we oppose cuts to libraries. We want to do more, to offer practical help to libraries in their hour of need, hence our programme of initiatives to raise their profile,' he added.

Meanwhile, Alan Bennett has become the latest high-profile author to back a campaign to save libraries in London threatened with closure.

He joined other writers including Zadie Smith and Philip Pullman in campaigning to keep open Kensal Rise Library in Brent, which was opened by Mark Twain in 1900.

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