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Book Aid International and BookCrossing: A Big Event April 18!

April 4, 2005

You’ve heard the rumours; now, find out the truth about the thrilling upcoming BC event! On 18th April, Alexander McCall Smith, Ruth Rendell, Philip Pullman, Tracy Chevalier, William Boyd, AS Byatt, Joanna Trollope and Doris Lessing are among thousands of readers and other authors who will release a book for Book Aid International. Netstation has amazingly co-ordinated UK BookCrossers, aka BCUK, who will release over 1,500 books (some of which can be found here) across the UK to celebrate the launch of Book Aid International’s Author Association. Both BookCrossing and Book Aid International share a simple aim: to share books with the world.

Book Aid International has been working for over fifty years to get books into the hands of readers who need them. In the developing world, hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren, teachers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, mechanics, farmers and book lovers have their lives enriched by the access to books and information Book Aid International provides.

bookplate labels...
All books released will be marked with the 12th Edition bookplate: ‘Opening up the World through Books’, designed by the UK illustrator Hannah Firmin, famous for her distinctive ‘No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’ cover designs.

Bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith is delighted to be taking part in the initiative: ‘Nobody who has been in a developing country and seen the hunger for the printed word could ask what is the point of Book Aid International. The work of this organisation responds to that hunger and brings knowledge and pleasure to many, many thousands of people throughout the world. This is a cause which I recommend to you with all my heart. Please support it’.

Book Aid International’s Author Association aims to harness the energy and enthusiasm of authors to promote reading and learning opportunities for readers in the world’s poorest communities.

Join in! You can help raise awareness of this great cause by…

  • Buying a label and releasing a book for Book Aid International
  • Downloading the press release and telling your local media
  • Taking part in a special book drive
  • Donating the price of a book to Book Aid International – it costs them less than $3 to get a book into the hands of a reader in Africa. Just think what they can do with the price of a hardcover!

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