World Book Night 2013 offers chance to provide free books to local communities

World Book Night 2013 offers chance to provide free books to local communities

Treasure Island, Red Dust Road and No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency among 2013 books

Ever tried to give away something for free? It's harder than you'd think – but that's the task taken on by 20,000 book-loving volunteers. Each of them will give away copies of their favourite title to people who don't usually read or don't have regular access to books – a friend, relative, neighbour or total stranger. As well as the libraries and bookshops you might expect, books will also be handed out in care homes, prisons, hospitals and high streets.

This year's books have a strong Scottish presence, including Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island, Jackie Kay's adoption memoir Red Dust Road, and Alexander McCall Smith's cosy crime novel No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. As well as plenty of fiction and non-fiction, the list of 20 books also includes four books for teenagers and a graphic novel.

If it's too late for you to get involved as an official giver, here's a though: use World Book Night as a chance to give a stranger a copy of your favourite book. It's more difficult – and more rewarding – than you’d think.

World Book Night with Alexander McCall Smith, Edinburgh Central Library, Tue 23 April.

World Book Night

A celebration of World Book Night featuring free books, readings from a guest author and a book quiz. Learn more about your local library's services and browse through a selection of books on sale.

World Book Night: Book Give Away

Enjoy some bookish chat amid the library's shelves as part of the UK-wide World Book Night initiative, which launched in 2011 and is the biggest celebration of adult reading in the UK. Remember to pick up a copy of your free World Book Night chosen titles.

World Book Night with Blackwell's

Blackwell's celebrates with readings and chat from a host of its favourite authors, including Jenni Fagan, John Burnside and Angela Jackson. Booking is essential.

Bond Is Back!

In honour of World Book Night, local author Alexander McCall Smith hosts a Casino Royale themed night of fun, nibbles and readings in the reference library. Feel free to wear a black tie, should the 007 mood strike.

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