For World Book Night, a story about giving away 100 books and the love letter (and guilt free threesome!) that went with them

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Michelle Varney, was a book giver in 2012 and gave away ‘The Player of Games’ by Iain M Banks. She writes:

“I had a lovely and exhilarating – if exhausting – time chasing after people at a cinema, trying to thrust a copy of ‘The Player of Games’ into hands. I did a radio interview in the days before and managed to rope in a publisher who gave away a couple of dozen of their soon-to-be-published books and persuaded a historical author (Elizabeth Chadwick) to come along too. She gave away about twenty or so of her books, lovingly inscribed in celebration of WBN and signed by her.

I made up over a hundred book marks with the following love-letter to literature upon them and put one in each and every book. So, all in all, 100 or more people got a free book.”

 

How can you not love a book?

 

It goes everywhere and yet is always by your side. It holds you close through the dark times and soars with you when your heart is up in the clouds. It makes you laugh just in remembrance of it and yet the taste can be as wormwood. You can meet books more vivid than your wildest imagination, you can meet your most feared, most beloved and encounter those that are mad, bad and dangerous to know. You can pick up books you wouldn’t take home to Mother, ones that will shock the Vicar, those that keep children spellbound and ones you and your Granny can talk about for hours. You will meet your soulmate, your enemy and your hero. Books will accompany you down the road to the pub, that long journey up North to Aunty Winifred’s or halfway across South America to find yourself. They have been taken to the bottom of the sea, to the North and South poles and are circling the planet as you read this.

 

Take three of them to bed – they won’t care and they’ll still respect you in the morning. Nothing loves you like a book.

 

 World Book Night is on 23rd April 2013. Join us at Jubilee library 4-7 pm

Our events are free and no booking is required. See the website for more details and follow us on Twitter @BHLibraries on Tues 23 April to find out where staff and book givers are gifting this year’s titles…

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Susy Baker – Library Officer.

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