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Novel giveaway for World Book Day
9:30am Saturday 21st April 2012 in Oxford
HUNDREDS of books will be handed out around Oxford as part of World Book Day on Monday.
Oxford’s bid to become UNESCO World Book Capital for 2014 will also be submitted on the day.
Kim Pickin, joint director of The Story Museum, will be giving away copies of The Owl and the Pussycat from 2pm at the Pembroke Street venue.
Copies of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice will be handed out at the John Radcliffe Hospital from 1.30pm by Jacqui Ibbotson, programme manager for Oxford Inspires, which is leading the city’s bid to become Book Capital.
Her colleague Kathelene Weiss will be at the Mini Plant from noon giving out copies of Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist.
At Oxford Train Station, Angus Philips, director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University, will be giving away copies of Touching the Void by Joe Simpson from 4.45pm.
April 23 is both the birth and death day of Shakespeare and the anniversary of Cervantes’ death, so in 1995 UNESCO – the cultural agency of the UN – made it World Book Day.