Edinburgh Libraries gear up for World Book Night celebrations

Edinburgh City Libraries are preparing for a day of celebration of books and reading as World book Night kicks off tomorrow (Tuesday 23 April). Headlining a series of events in libraries across the Capital will be Alexander McCall Smith who will meet fans

He joins a host of other local authors who will be participating in events at libraries across the city, including Leith Library, Oxgangs Library and others.

The annual World Book Night celebrates reading and books by recruiting tens of thousands of passionate volunteers across the country to give out specially chosen titles in the community and share their love of reading.

Councillor Richard Lewis, the city’s Culture and Sport Convener, said: “World Book Night is one of the key events in the literary events calendar and it involves tens of thousands of people across the country, putting books directly into the hands of those who might never otherwise engage with reading.

“Here in Edinburgh we’re gearing up for a fantastic evening of celebrations in a number of our libraries and I know many people are looking forward to our headline event – Alexander McCall Smith at the Central Library. It shows yet again that libraries are not just places to borrow books, but a hub of cultural and literary activity in the city, supporting and encouraging the development of reading in the community.”

World Book Night events:

Tuesday 23 April, 10am-8pm
Leith Library
World Book Night – Online Pirates of Leith Treasure Hunt

Solve all the clues about Leith using our fabulous Our Town Stories website (http://www.ourtownstories.co.uk/). Then come and claim your booty from some real live pirates! Successful adventurers will take home copies of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic ‘Treasure Island’.  Yarrrr!

Keep an eye on the Leith Library blog at http://leithlibrary.wordpress.com/ and @LeithLibrary Twitter for more details! First clues due around 2pm.

Tuesday 23 April, 6-7pm
Muirhouse Library
World Book Night with Allan Guthrie
Prize winning Edinburgh based crime writer, author of many gripping stories including ‘Slammer’ and ‘Bye Bye Baby’, will read from and talk about his books. His books have been described as having the power to ‘make you writhe in agony’ while dealing ‘heart stopping suspense’.

To book a place call 0131 529 5528 or email muirhouse.library@edinburgh.gov.uk

Tuesday 23 April, 6.30- 7.30pm
Blackhall Library
World Book Night with Andrew Greig
Listen to this Scottish novelist, poet and writer, read and discuss prose from ‘At the Loch of the Green Corrie’ and ‘Found At Sea’, a book-length sequence of narrative poems. The event will be chaired by Ryan Van Winkle, Edinburgh City Libraries’ writer in residence.

To book a place call 0131 529 5595 or email blackhall.library@edinburgh.gov.uk

Tuesday 23 April, 6.30-8pm
Portobello Library
World Book Night with Caroline Dunford
Hear about the ‘Euphemia Martins’ mysteries and Caroline Dunford’s other careers.  She has published 30 short stories, mostly fantasy and horror, won a few awards, written the best selling non-fiction narrative ‘How to Survive the Terrible Twos; diary of a mother under siege’ and had several plays produced. 
To book a place call 0131 529 5558 or email portobello.library@edinburgh.gov.uk

Tuesday 23 April, 6-8pm
Corstorphine Library
Book Swap Evening
Bring along one (or more!) of your favourite books to swap for someone else’s ‘must-read’ and spend the evening chatting with book lovers over drinks and nibbles.  Don’t have a book to swop? Come along anyway and enjoy the company! 

For more information call 0131 529 5506 or email corstorphine.library@edinburgh.gov.uk

Tues 23 April, 6.45-7.45pm
Oxgangs Library
World Book Night - the Brainbuster Book Quiz 
Celebrate World Book Night with Oxgangs library’s ‘Brainbuster Book Quiz.  Hosted by our very own quizmaster, ‘The Great Raymondo’.

All welcome. Guaranteed Fun. Refreshments too.

To book a place, call 0131 529 5549 or email oxgangs.library@edinburgh.gov.uk

Tues 23 April, 7-8.30pm
Central Library/Reference Library
World Book Night celebration
No.1 Ladies Detective Agency author Alexander McCall Smith will be in conversation with Peggy Hughes (the City of Literature), with readings from BAFTA-nominated novelist and playwright Lesley Glaister and other local authors. World Book Night promises to be a fun evening with fizz and nibbles.  Local World Book Night givers welcome!

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