The Maynard School in Exeter has been selected as a ‘World Book Night Giver’, and will be presented with 48 copies of the book, ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ to give out to students in aid of World Book Night on Saturday 5 March 2011.
Maynard Headmistress Bee Hughes, an English teacher and a passionate book reader, applied last year to be one of the 20,000 givers for the inaugural World Book Night. She will be joined by book-loving students from the school to pick up the books at Waterstones High Street store in Exeter at 1.30pm on Friday 4 March.
World Book Night is a dynamic and unprecedented initiative to celebrate books and reading and will take place two days after World Book Day, the established nationwide reading campaign. On the night, one million free books will be given away by 20,000 passionate readers across the UK and Ireland. The campaign has been dubbed as ‘the largest book give away ever attempted’.
A growing list of high-profile figures from publishing, media and the arts are lending their support to this ambitious initiative by becoming Patrons of World Book Night including Damon Albarn, Dave Eggers, Colin Firth, David Gilmour, Antony Gormley, Seamus Heaney, Damien Hirst, Nigella Lawson, Mary Portas, J.K. Rowling and Tilda Swinton. The event will be broadcast in partnership with BBC Two.
Bee Hughes, Headmistress at The Maynard School, said ‘We are thrilled to have been selected as a giver for World Book Night. The initiative is a fantastic celebration of books and reading and I am really excited that some of our students will have the opportunity to take part. We chose our book, ‘Love In The Time Of Cholera’ from a list of 25 titles and I for one, can’t wait to get reading on 5 March!’
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