Literacy charity the The Reading Agency is launching a new event called Social Book Week, aimed at reaching book lovers in London, to be held from 5-12 May.
The project is supported by a number of writers and book trade figures, including authors Damien Barr and Viv Groskop, Byte the Book’s Justine Solomons, and Book Swap’s Alex Tieghi-Walker and Jolyon Varley. Agent Laetitia Rutherford, Salon London’s Helen Bagnall, Books for Breakfast’s Richard Kilgarriff, and Kensal Review’s Juliet Kinsman and Anne-Celine Jaeger are also involved, with more authors and events celebrating the social side of books to be announced.
Sue Wilkinson, The Reading Agency’s CEO, said that she hopes the project will help the charity “to forge new relationships with London book-lovers”. She added: “Our programmes focus on getting people of all ages engaged in reading, often for the first time, which is an aim we hope everyone attending events during the week will support.”
Damian Barr, who is planning to hold a special version of his salon in Social Book Week, said: “I couldn’t live without books, cocktails or gossip so it’s a joy to be part of Social Book Week which seeks to combine all three. There’s no better city for this to start than London – capital of the live literary event… It’s a fun way to support the fantastic work of the Reading Agency.”