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Celebration of the world of books.

TONIGHT is World Book Night when, if all goes to plan, one million books will be given away.

Following Thursday's World Book Day, it is described by the organisers as the most ambitious celebration of adult books and reading ever attempted in the UK and Ireland.

The initiative, which was first discussed two years ago, is supported by a host of organisations including the Publishers Association and the BBC.

Events are happening tonight at libraries across the country, including the North East, but central to World Book Night is the big giveaway.

Twenty five titles were chosen by a panel chaired by broadcaster James Naughtie and 40,000 copies of each will be given away by 20,000 "givers" across the country.

Books will also be distributed in prisons, hospitals and other places not easily accessible.

Titles include All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark.

There's a murder mystery night with author Rebecca Jenkins at Newcastle City Library, 7-9pm, and events in libraries in Ashington, Berwick, Blyth, Hexham and Morpeth.

Details of all can be found on the World Book Night website www.worldbooknight.org
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 5, 2011
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