World Book Night:

Books to Make you Smile

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Books to Make you Smile

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This event took place on Saturday 23rd April 2021

Join us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of World Book Night, hosted by The Reading Agency in partnership with Specsavers. World Book Night brings people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more.

During this special event, you’ll be treated to exclusive readings and hear 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 is a 2 part event- the evening’s celebration began with Nobel prize winner in literature Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation with best-selling author Kate Mosse. Watch Part 1 here

World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency and celebrated each year on 23 April, the UNESCO International Day of the Book. Since 2011, organisations and individuals have held events up and down the country to celebrate the difference that reading makes to their lives. Organisations can volunteer to hand out books from our annual list to people who don’t read for pleasure or own books. Find out more here

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  • The Reading Agency

    Charity

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  • David Nicholls

    Author and Screenwriter

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  • Bolu Babalola

    Author and Screenwriter

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  • Jamie Byng

    Publisher

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  • Sandi Toksvig

    Broadcaster and Comedian

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