Cityread London 2015 will kick off on 1st April in Canada Water Library, the first stop on Ben Aaronovitch’s author tour that will see him visit every London borough in 30 days.
The author’s urban fantasy novel Rivers of London (Gollancz) is the official focus of the Cityread London 2015 campaign.
Aaronovitch came up with the idea to tour libraries in all 33 London boroughs himself.
He said: “My love of reading began in my local library and I frequently find myself drawn into the many fabulous local history libraries when researching my books - they are a resource beyond price and their contribution to the intellectual and cultural capital of London is beyond measure.”
Other Cityread London 2015 events will include: a Rivers of London-themed interactive performance from theatre company Look Left Look Right in Westminster Reference Library; a 1,000 book giveaway in Covent Garden supported by Jaguar and the Metropolitan Police; and an exclusive reading of a new Rivers of London short story at the Mail Rail, Royal Mail’s underground railway. There will also be an exhibition at City Hall, a family fun day at Museum of London Docklands and several free events from nature walks to history talks at local libraries.
Cityread 2015 also includes a specially produced Quick Reads book based on a Rivers of London short story set in Waterstones Covent Garden, aimed at engaging Londoners who struggle with reading. The Cityread campaign is supported by a partnership with BBC London, the Londonist and advertising in the form of 500 interior bus panel ads provided by Exterion Media.