World Book Night, celebrated on 23 April (Shakespeare's birthday), is an annual celebration of reading and books. Events are being held at libraries and arts venues nationwide and volunteers across the country will be giving away thousands of books to encourage people to enjoy reading.
Authors, actors and musicians taking part in the flagship event: Letters Live on World Book Night at London's Southbank Centre, include Caitlin Moran, James Rhodes, Matt Berry and Kerry Fox.
Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency, which organises the event, says, "World Book Night is one of the highlights of the year for us, and this year it promises to be more exciting than ever. All over the country people are coming together to celebrate and share their love of reading.
The generous tradition of volunteer book-giving, inspired and supported by publishers, is being extended this year to include community book-givers, all of whom will give away a book of their own to inspire someone in their community to love reading.
We hope that this, together with the events taking place in libraries across the UK, will ensure that 23 April is an evening we will all long remember; the night when many more people realise that everything changes when we read."