WBN launches book club

WBN launches book club

World Book Night is launching a monthly book club, offering reading recommendation to its database of 80,000 readers.

The first choice of book is Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project (Michael Joseph), which has just been optioned for screen rights by Sony Pictures.

Julia Kingsford, WBN c.e.o. said: “The World Book Night Book Club is our way of providing year-round recommendations of really great books to our community of passionate readers, outside of the core list of WBN titles included in the gifting scheme.

"When I first read The Rosie Project I fell utterly in love with it and immediately wished I had hundreds of copies to press into people's hands to get them to read it. Being able to launch our WBN Book Club with it and potentially get it into the hands and hearts of thousands of readers is going to be fantastic.”

The book club, which will begin on 1st May, will suggest a recently published title each month, with the selected titles described as “varied” and “best in class”.

Sony’s Matt Tolmach and Michael Costigan are set to produce a film version of The Rosie Project, after a deal was done with Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad and production president Hannah Minghella.

Australian author Simsion originally wrote the book as a screenplay before converting it into a novel, and will now write the script for the film. Rights for the book have sold in 34 countries. It follows genetics professor Don Tillman who decides to find a wife using a questionnaire, before he meets the free-spirited Rosie.

The third WBN took place on 23rd April, and saw 500,000 books given out around the country by 20,000 givers and institutions.