Book Aid International Runs Campaign Celebrating New Worlds Through Books

By February 14, 2018Authors, Literary Events, News

It’s just a couple of weeks now until World Book Day (1st March) and to celebrate, Book Aid International is running a campaign to celebrate the power of books. Over the next two weeks authors and readers will be able to announce the book that they think best matches for New Worlds Through Books campaign and children’s author Jacqueline Wilson has kicked off the campaign this week!

Wilson choose I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (below) as her book selection, as a book that opened a new world for her. More authors will be following, and readers are also asked to follow the Book Aid and give their contributions on Twitter (@Book_Aid) and Facebook.

Chief Executive of Book Aid International said of the campaign “Books have a universal power to expand horizons. We work to give as many people as possible access to the books they need to discover new worlds through reading, and we would like to thank all those taking part in the campaign for helping us to showcase how books can enrich lives.”

What book opened new worlds to you? Let us know in the comments, and let Book Aid International know on their Facebook and Twitter pages! More about World Book Day soon…

Michelle Obama Will Kick off This Year’s American Library Association Conference

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The 2018 American Library Association Conference is set to be held next month on June 22 in New Orleans and it has been announced that former First Lady Michelle Obama will kick off the conference with a keynote speech.

The national conference of librarians attracts bibliophiles from all walks of life, from librarians to teachers, and is one of the largest annual gatherings of book lovers in the world. As reported by Publishers Weekly, other speakers will include the likes of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith, broadcaster Jose Antonio Vargas, and biographer Jonathan Eig. Read More

Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic at The Victoria and Albert Museum

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From December 2017 until April this year, The Victoria and Albert Museum played host to a famous literary bear and his friends. The exhibition, Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic, brings together everything from A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard’s world of Winnie the Pooh.

While aimed predominantly at families with children who can explore the multi-sensory elements such as the Pooh Sticks bridge, there is no doubt that the exhibition also appeals to nostalgic adults like me who loved seeing the original manuscripts and illustrations. Read More

Book Aid International Runs Campaign Celebrating New Worlds Through Books

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It’s just a couple of weeks now until World Book Day (1st March) and to celebrate, Book Aid International is running a campaign to celebrate the power of books. Over the next two weeks authors and readers will be able to announce the book that they think best matches for New Worlds Through Books campaign and children’s author Jacqueline Wilson has kicked off the campaign this week! Read More

Muriel Spark Centenary Celebrations

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The great Scottish author Dame Muriel Spark would have been 100 years old on the 1st February this year. She was born in Edinburgh in 1918, married young and lived in Zimbabwe, moving back to London after the war. In 1963 she moved to New York and in 1967 to Rome, she died at the age of 88 at her home in Florence. Her books which are full of wit and wisdom, appeal equally to both men and women, and have never dated because her style is so fresh and modern. Read More

David Bowie Book Club

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David Robert Jones, Musician, Song writer, Reader.

January is a tough month for David Bowie fans, being both his birthday, 8th January 1947 and the anniversary of his death, 10th January 2016.

I’ve been a fan of Bowie for as long as I can remember, music is my 2nd obsession, after books obviously, so I was delighted when a list of David Bowie’s Top 100 books was published back in 2013. See the full list here. Read More



2 Comments

  • Pam says:

    I love the Alienist, I am almost done with it and wow it taught me so much about how they learned to profile criminals in the 1800’s, great book!

  • Susan Peters says:

    I’d like to nominate a graphic novel, The Arrival, by Shaun Tan. I teach English to refugees, and although I felt disoriented when I was in Russia, China, or Japan, I never really understood the feeling of a new arrival in a country where there were no “clues” as to the meaning of some markings on paper until I looked at this book. The pictures prompt the “reader” to his or her individual story, whether told in English, Swahili, Nepali, or any of the world’s languages.

    For English readers, Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney, has lovely illustrations and an important message: Leave the world more beautiful. The creation of a library is but one example of how people can do this.

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