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…

Church Leaders Call for Ban on LGBT Books, During Banned Books Week

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Established by the American Library Association in 1982, Banned Books Week begins every year on the last week of September. The week celebrates books that have been censored or outright banned over the years and reminds us of the importance of information and freedom of speech, as well as showing us how books can be used tackle difficult or sensitive topics and themes.

To celebrate the week, a library in Rumford, Maine created a display featuring books that have, and continue to be, banned in various parts of the world. As you can imagine, books focusing on the topic of same-sex relationships are heavily censored, and thus the display featured several LGBT books such as Kabi Nagata’s My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness and David Lev’s Two Boys Kissing. Both books have been released to great acclaim from critics but also face heavy resistance, with Two Boys Kissing being the fifth most banned book of 2016. Read More

Hay Festival a Big Boost to Local Economy

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Research carried out on the impact of the Hay Festival has shown that the economic impact over the past three years has totalled more than £70 million!

The study was conducted by data collection provider QRS research and it shows that the festival generated a whopping £25.8 million in the local area in 2018, more than 25% higher than in 2016.
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First Irish Book Week to Be Held This October

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Publishing Ireland and Bookselling Ireland are teaming up to bring us the Irish Book Week, a seven day, nationwide celebration of Irish books, authors, and bookshops. The inaugural event will see the Irish Book Week begin from 27th October to 3rd November.

As The BookSeller reports, the week long event will see book related activities take place across Ireland with the focus being on celebrating Irish books and writers who have played an important role in shaping Irish culture. 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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