Public vote for WBN titles opens tomorrow

World Book Night is calling for the public to submit their nominations for WBN 2012 titles, with the ballot opening tomorrow, 25th June, coinciding with National Reading Group Day.

The ballot will run on www.worldbooknight.org until 31st August, with readers asked to submit their top 10 favourite books. As with WBN 2011, 25 titles will ultimately be selected to be given away.

WBN c.e.o. Julia Kingsford said: "We are delighted to be launching with a public ballot for WBN 2012 and will publish a top 100 list in September leading to the next phase in the selection of the 2012 titles."

The final list of 25 titles, as decided on by the WBN panel, will be announced mid-October.

Tracy Chevalier, patron of World Book Night said: "One of the great joys of reading is sharing the passion with others. I love asking people what they’re reading and recommending my latest great find. We all have one or two books we tell our friends they MUST read. WBN builds on that desire to reach out and connect over the amazing worlds that words manage to build."

Mark Bell, Arts Commissioning Editor at the BBC, recommends:

Wise Children by Angela Carter
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
What a Carve Up! By Jonathan Coe
Nostromo by Conrad
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien
A House for Mr Biswas by VS Naipaul
Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff
August by Gerard Woodward


Jamie Byng, founder of World Book Night, recommends:

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
The Go-Between by L.P.Hartley
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Karoo by Steve Tesich


Tracy Chevalier recommends:

Any Human Heart by William Boyd
Selected Poems of T.S. Eliot
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Restoration by Rose Tremain
The Color Purple by Alice Walker