Book Week Scotland 2013 is a week-long celebration of reading
Launch events featuring authors Sally Magnusson and Jack Webster
The book, we hear, is in crisis, under constant bombardment from electronic rivals, shrinking attention spans and general dumbing down. Yet last year more than 20,000 people attended an event during the inaugural Book Week Scotland, launched to celebrate all forms of reading and writing. This year there are more than 400 events across the country.
As well as author talks and writing salons, there are Big Book Bashes organised by local readers and organisations, reading-themed art installations, a new poll to reveal the nation’s ten favourite Scottish books, and a project giving three free picture books to every Primary 1 child in the country.
Following last year’s My Favourite Place project, 150,000 copies of a new collection on the theme of treasures are being distributed free through libraries and other centres, bringing together stories and memories contributed by people across Scotland – including a few well-known writers. And a day of treasure-themed events in Glasgow on Sat 30 Nov includes the launches of Sally Magnusson’s new children’s book and journalist Jack Webster’s final autobiographical volume, as well as talks on the history of the Barrowland Ballroom and the city’s architectural gems.
Poet Ryan Van Winkle, an ambassador for this year’s event, reckons it’s the perfect chance to try new things: ‘Festivals, events and readings minimise the risk of trying out a genre or a subject you might never think of buying a whole book of … you never know what you’ll be switched on by, inspired by or surprised by.’
Book Week Scotland starts on Mon 25 Nov