World Book Night picks Liverpool for flagship event

World Book Night picks Liverpool for flagship event

World Book Night UK will be holding its main event in Liverpool this year, in a collaboration between World Book Night, the BBC and Liverpool City Council. Previous flagship events have been staged in London.

Authors Philippa Gregory (pictured), Jasper Fforde, Jeanette Winterson, Patrick Ness and Jackie Kay‚who all have books chosen for the World Book Night 2013 list—will appear at the "World Book Night Presents..." event on 23rd April, in St George's Hall next to the new Central Library in Liverpool.

The authors will be taking part in readings and Q&A sessions, joined by local author Frank Cottrell Boyce. The event hosts will include BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid. Tickets for the event are free, and will be available for reservation from 9 a.m. on 14th March.

The event will also mark the launch of the new Liverpool literary festival, In Other Words, which will see more than 350 events taking place in the city from 23rd April to 19th May.

In addition to the Liverpool event, World Book Night will also host an evening at London's Southbank Centre, with authors including Victoria Hislop, Sebastian Barry, JoJo Moyes, Rose Tremain and Tracy Chevalier. Other events will be taking place at libraries in Bristol, Kent, Edinburgh, Coventry and Cambridge, organised in association with The Reading Agency.

This will be the third year of WBN, with 400,000 copies of 20 books to be handed out by 20,000 volunteers on 23rd April, with another 100,000 copies distributed centrally to homeless shelters, prisons, hospitals and care homes.

The 20 WBN books this year include The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry (Faber), Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (RHCB) and Damage by Josephine Hart (Virago).