World Book Night 2011
|March 7, 2011||Posted by admin under Announcements, Book Salon|
This week, the Humanities Research Centre will be helping to release books to celebrate World Book Night 2011 and the ‘reading revolution!’
If you want to be part of the largest book giveaway in the world (and the HRC’s first bookcrossing experiment!), come to the Berrick Saul Building foyer at 4.30pm on Thurday 10th March. Nora Zahrani, a research student in the Department of Linguistics, has arranged to give away 48 copies of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun. The novel is a gripping tale about love and civil war in 1960s Nigeria, selected by Nora for both its subject and the quality of its writing:
‘I’m fascinated by the way religion and tribal loyalties can be tools to tear countries apart. I just couldn’t put Half of a Yellow Sun down. It is simply great!’
The give-away got off to a flying start on Saturday (6th March) in town, where Nora and the HRC director, Jane Moody distributed texts to the public.
As part of World Book Night, recipients of the books are asked to register their copy on the World Book Night website and then, when they’ve finished reading it, to pass it on to another reader or ‘release it into the wild’. The HRC Treehouse team will be following the books’ journeys in the Book Salon – if you get a copy, email us to let us know what you think about the novel, where you’re planning to ‘release’ it or who you’re going to pass it on to…
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!
Nora Zahrani and Jane Moody talk to the public about Adichie’s novel
To find out more about the celebration of World Book Night, and the books chosen for 2011, see http://www.worldbooknight.org.
To listen to a discussion of Half of a Yellow Sun on the Radio 4 programme, A Good Read, see http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00yyhqq