Spend your World Book Night with us

01 April 2021

How are you going to spend your evening on 23 April? Join us from 6-9pm, in partnership with Specsavers and hosted by the British Library for two exciting free events and our special #ReadingHour.

  • 6-7pm: Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation with Kate Mosse
  • 7-8pm: #ReadingHour
  • 8-9pm: World Book Night presents: Books to Make You Smile, hosted by Sandi Toksvig.

Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation with Kate Mosse

Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the world’s most treasured and celebrated contemporary fiction authors, whose award-winning novels include Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day. He appears in conversation with no. 1 bestselling author Kate Mosse to discuss Klara and the Sun, his first book since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, in this special event presented by The Reading Agency and the British Library. The event also marks the 10th anniversary of World Book Night, The Reading Agency’s national celebration of books and reading.

Klara and the Sun is an intensely moving and beautiful exploration of human connection and creativity in the face of loneliness and advanced technologies. Ishiguro looks at our changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

He talks to Kate Mosse about the inspiration for the novel, and the power of books and reading to bring people together and change lives.

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. Book your ticket now.

#ReadingHour

Last year, we brought you the first #ReadingHour and because you loved it so much, we’ve brought it back for a second year. This hour is for you to dedicate to reading in any way; read alone or with others, listen to an audiobook while preparing your dinner, have a book club meeting, call a friend to chat about books – the possibilities are endless! Share what you’re doing on social media using #ReadingHour.

World Book Night presents: Books to Make You Smile, hosted by Sandi Toksvig

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 event is free to attend but booking is essential. Book your ticket now.

News

Re-reading puts a smile on the nation's face, says new survey by The Reading Agency

The Reading Agency, in partnership with Specsavers, has revealed today that re-reading helps make people smile, with ... read more »

Re-reading puts a smile on the nation's face, says new survey by The Reading Agency

Impact

Support your local library

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Support your local library

Resources

Bookmarks with feedback survey

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Bookmarks with feedback survey