world book night 2017

I am ridiculously excited! This Sunday, the 23rd of April, is World Book Night 2017! Here’s a little information about it:

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Reading for pleasure is a globally recognised indicator in a huge range of social issues from poverty to mental health, yet in England alone, 36% of people don’t regularly read (DCMS, 2015).

World Book Night brings together a powerful collaboration of national partners – publishers, printers, libraries, booksellers, private donors, trusts and foundations – to inspire more people to read. Volunteers within organisations, businesses and communities share their love of reading by giving out books to people who don’t read for pleasure or own books. Events up and down the country celebrate the difference that reading makes to people’s lives.

This will be the seventh year of World Book Night, which is also celebrated in the US.

The real reason for my excitement, though? THE BOOKS. WBN_covers_with_logo.png

We’ve got:

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra

On the day he retires, Inspector Ashwin Chopra inherits two unexpected mysteries.

The first is the case of a drowned boy, whose suspicious death no one seems to want solved. And the second is a baby elephant.

As his search for clues takes him across the teeming city of Mumbai, from its grand high rises to its sprawling slums and deep into its murky underworld, Chopra begins to suspect that there may be a great deal more to both his last case and his new ward than he thought

Lies We Tell Ourselves

In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.

Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.

Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town’s most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept separate but equal.

Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

Orangeboy

Sixteen-year-old Marlon has promised his widowed mum that he’ll be good, and nothing like his gang-leader brother Andre. It’s easy when you keep yourself to yourself, listening to your dead dad’s Earth, Wind and Fire albums and watching sci-fi. But everything changes when Marlon’s first date with the beautiful Sonya ends in tragedy; he becomes a hunted man and he has no idea why. With his dad dead and his brother helpless, Marlon has little choice but to enter Andre’s old world of guns, knives and drug runs in order to uncover the truth and protect those close to him. It’s time to fight to be the last man standing.

Mr Loverman

Barrington Jedidiah Walker.
Barry to his friends.
Trouble to his wife.

Seventy-four years old, Antiguan born and bred, flamboyant Hackney personality Barry is known for his dapper taste and fondness for retro suits.

He is a husband, father and grandfather.

And for the past sixty years, he has been in a relationship with his childhood friend and soulmate, Morris.

Wife Carmel knows Barry has been cheating on her, but little does she know what is really going on. When their marriage goes into meltdown, Barrington has big choices to make.

Persepolis

Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming–both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.

Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged

Unlucky in love once again after her possible-marriage-partner-to-be proves a little too close to his parents, Sofia Khan is ready to renounce men for good. Or at least she was, until her boss persuades her to write a tell-all expose about the Muslim dating scene.

As her woes become her work, Sofia must lean on the support of her brilliant friends, baffled colleagues and baffling parents as she goes in search of stories for her book. In amongst the marriage-crazy relatives, racist tube passengers and decidedly odd online daters, could there be a a lingering possibility that she might just be falling in love . . . ?

Streets of Darkness

The sky over Bradford is heavy with foreboding. This morning a body has been found. And it’s not just any body. Detective Harry Virdee should be at home with his wife. Impending fatherhood should be all he can think about but he’s been suspended from work just as the biggest case of the year lands on what would have been his desk.

The Bones of Grace

The Bones of Grace.

It is the story of Zubaida, and her search for herself.

It is a story she tells for Elijah, the love of her life.

It tells the story of Anwar, the link in Zubaida’s broken chain.

Woven within these tales are the stories of a whale and a ship; a piano and a lost boy.

This is the story of love itself.

Wonder

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

HOW diverse are those?! This is so much better than last year, which had pretty poor choices, in my opinion. I don’t think anyone is doing anything for World Book Night up where I live, which is a shame, but I am still incredibly happy with the choices, and how many people are going to be touched by these books.

 

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4 thoughts on “world book night 2017

  1. Huntress of Diverse Books says:

    World Book Night is such an awesome idea. I’m hoping to do something next year but this year I was just a participant. The publishing houses invite the public to visit them and I went to one of the publishing houses today. The event spans three days – Friday to Sunday.

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  2. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    THIS IS SO COOL! How have I never heard of this?! Silly Americans. I was so focused on our Public Library week that I missed this. Drat. I love that these books are given away to communities who need it. Have you read any of these books? I’ve only read Persepolis and colored in the Animal Kingdom coloring book. I love the variety of available books, too.

    Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve signed up for the newsletter. Hopefully, I can help run an event in my area next year. 🙂

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