Edinburgh gears up for Book Week Scotland

“I read around 10 books a week and have read 500 books this year” says self-confessed booklover Lynn Steer, or Library Lynn as the local children call her, who was chosen from hundreds to be one of Book Week Scotland’s League of Extraordinary Book Lovers.

Next week, during the first ever Book Week Scotland (26 November - 2 December 2012) run by the Scottish Book Trust, Lynn will be using her 'superhero' powers to inspire people to try out new books and genres through her recommendations.

A voluntary librarian for 7 years at Ratho Primary School, Lynn spends much of her time encouraging the children at the school to read. In recognition of her work, she was chosen to be one of 20 ambassadors for Book Week Scotland from hundreds of applicants and nominees.

She said: "Libraries have always been a second home to me. When I'm not in one, I'm taking some of it home with me! I particularly like to find the right book for the right person at the right time, for which I have had great success, partly due to the fact that I read so many books of different genres.

"I'm always wondering who might enjoy each book I read and every gift I give is a book, whether for a birthday, Christmas or out of the blue - it's the gift that keeps on giving if you can get someone hooked on reading!

"One of my local librarians said I rush in like an addict - 'What have you got for me? I'm always talking about what I'm reading and asking people what they are reading; if I know what they like then I can tell what they will enjoy next. I am passionate about encouraging parents to read to their children - there is no better way to settle a child than to cuddle up at night reading to them and I believe this also gives them a head start in learning for school and for life."

The League of Extraordinary Booklovers is just one of the many activities being run during Book Week Scotland to encourage both adults and children to get involved with reading.

Across Edinburgh City Libraries a number of author events will be run as part of the Scotland-wide '100 authors in 100 libraries' programme. This includes 'End of the Wasp Season' author, Denise Mina; Glasgow Queen of Crime, Alex Gray and popular medical thriller author, Ken McClure, among others.

Councillor Richard Lewis, the city's Culture and Sport Convener, said: "We're delighted to be supporting the inaugural Book Week Scotland and I'm very much looking forward to the series of events that will be held across the city. This is a great opportunity for everyone to share their love of reading and encourage others to get involved. I can think of no better place than Edinburgh, the world's first UNESCO City of Literature, to get people excited about reading, writing and literature."

Book Week Scotland is a celebration of books and reading for everyone in the country. People the length and breadth of Scotland are being encouraged to take part in the first ever week-long national celebration of reading, and to participate in a wide range of free events to be held throughout the week.

Events programme:

Alex Gray- Glasgow Queen of Crime!
Mon 26 November, 6.30-7.45pm, Muirhouse Library

DI Lorimer is up against the freezing weather and a double serial murder. To book call 0131 529 5528 or email muirhouse.library@edinburgh.gov.uk
15 Pennywell Court, Edinburgh , EH4 4TZ

Ken McClure- Medical Man. 
Mon 26 November, 6.30-7.45pm, Craigmillar Library

Ken talks about his recent writing and bestselling medical thrillers including 'Lost Causes' (June 2011). To book call 0131 529 5597 or email craigmillar.library@edinburgh.gov.uk
101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DS

Doug Johnstone - 'Hit and Run'
Mon 26 November, 6.30-745pm, Newington Library

Local writer, musician and journalist, Doug Johnstone talks about his latest book 'Hit and Run' (March 2012). To book call 0131 529 5536 or email newington.library@edinburgh.gov.uk
17-21 Fountainhall Road, Edinburgh, EH9 2LN

Denise Mina - The End of the Wasp Season
Mon 26 November, 6.30-7.45pm, Drumbrae Library

Author of the Garnethill trilogy, Glasgow crime writer and playwright, Denise Mina talks about her new book 'the End of the Wasp Season' and her writing career.
To book call 0131 529 5244 or email drumbrae.library@edinburgh.gov.uk
81 Drumbrae Drive, Edinburgh, EH4 7ES

Margaret Bennett- Folklore and Scottish Song
Fri 30 November, 10.30-12am, Oxgangs Library

A folksinger and scholar of great sensitivity and versatility, and a 'major figure of the modern Scottish revival, Margaret embodies all that is best of the spirit of Scotland'. (Hamish Henderson). To book call 0131 529 5549 or email oxgangs.library @edinburgh.gov.uk
343 Oxgangs Road North, EH13 9LY

Anne Donovan
Thurs 29 November, 2.30-3.30pm, McDonald Road Library

Prize-winning short story writer and novelist, Anne Donovan's debut novel Buddha Da (2003) was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. To book call 0131 529 5636 or email mcdonaldroad.library@edinburgh.gov.uk
2 McDonald Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4LU

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