Celebrate World Book Night with us

World Book Night (Friday 23 April) brings people from all backgrounds together with one goal – to share their love of reading and inspire others to read more. This year the libraries of Aldershot, Andover , Fleet, Chandler’s Ford and Gosport will be taking part, sharing free copies of ‘Stories to Make You Smile’ edited by Fanny Blake and Matt Haig’s latest book ‘The Midnight Library’.

World Book Night, which is supported by the major publishers and run by The Reading Agency is a campaign to encourage reading. Reading for pleasure is a globally recognised indicator in a huge range of social issues from poverty to mental health, yet in the UK 31% of adults don’t read in their free time.

Our teams will be taking the free books into the community to reach people who don’t normally visit their local library. We will be handing out copies of both books at railway stations and Saturday markets, having conversations about reading with people who do not read regularly or have books at home.

Stories to Make You Smile

This seriously entertaining collection of feelgood stories was edited by Fanny Blake and written especially by ten bestselling novelists: Jenny Eclair; Katie Fforde; Veronica Henry; Rachel Hore; Vaseem Khan; Dorothy Koomson, Helen Lederer; Richard Madeley; Eva Verde and Mark Watson.

From a hilarious race against time to a moment of unexpected eavesdropping, from righting wrongs in rural India to finding joy in unlikely places, these stories are all rich in wit and humour, guaranteed to lift your spirits and warm your heart.

Stories to Make You Smile is also available as a free eBook and audiobook download.

The Midnight Library – Matt Haig

Matt Haig, the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive, Notes on a Nervous Planet and award-winning books for children, including A Boy Called Christmas, brings us his latest book about regrets and second chances.

When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret, Nora feels she has let everyone down, including herself, but things are about to change and the library can help her find the answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live?

Take part in World Book Night online

You can also join in with a number of free events on World Book Night, which are being run by The British Library in conjunction with The Reading Agency.

Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation with Kate Mosse 6-7pm
Kazuo Ishiguro, one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary fiction authors, appears in conversation bestselling author Kate Mosse to discuss Klara and the Sun, his first book since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Klara and the Sun is an intensely moving and beautiful exploration of human connection and creativity in the face of loneliness and advanced technologies. Ishiguro looks at our changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

He talks to Kate Mosse about the inspiration for the novel, and the power of books and reading to bring people together and change lives.

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. Book your ticket now.

#ReadingHour 7-8pm
Reading Hour is an invitation for you to dedicate an hour reading in any way; read alone or with others, listen to an audiobook while preparing your dinner, have a book club meeting, call a friend to chat about books – the possibilities are endless! Share what you’re doing on social media using #ReadingHour.

Books to Make You Smile, hosted by Sandi Toksvig 8-9pm
Sign-up to hear exclusive readings from special guests about the books that make them smile. World Book Night Ambassador Sandi Toksvig talks live to featuring best-selling authors David Nicholls (One Day, Us, Sweet Sorrow), Bolu Babalola (Love in Colour), and World Book Night founder and Canongate Books CEO Jamie Byng.

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. Book your ticket now.

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