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World Book Night 'to hand out 1m titles'

3rd December 2010

Bestselling authors and a number of organisations have signed up to an initiative that will see one million books given away over the space of a single night next year.

The inaugural World Book Night is being held on March 5th 2011, two days after World Book Day, and will involve 20,000 people giving away 48 copies of their favourite work from a list of 25 titles.

A further 40,000 books will be distributed directly to people who are unable to receive a copy from one of the volunteers.

Among the books featured on the list are Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin, A Life Like Other People's by Alan Bennett, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun and All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.

The full booklist and more information can be found at http://www.foyles.co.uk/world-book-night-booklist.

J.K. Rowling, Seamus Heaney, Dave Eggers and David Gilmour are among those who have become patrons of the event, which is being supported by groups such as the Publishers Association, the Independent Publishers Guild, the Booksellers Association and the BBC.

Jamie Byng, chairman of World Book Night, commented: 'There are few things more meaningful than the personal recommendation and having one million books given to one million different people on one night in this way is both unprecedented and hugely exciting.'
 

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