EXTENSION: you have until tomorrow 10am (GMT) to enter.

As some of you might already know, I have been chosen as a giver for World Book Night.  Following the example set by other bloggers, such as Boof @The Book Whisperer and Teadevotee @amused, bemused and confused, I have decided to hold a giveaway on this blog.

World Book Night is a massive event organised for the first time in the UK and Ireland.  To celebrate World Book Day, publishers, authors and other parties have got together to create World Book Night.  For the occasion, one million books will be given on that night (day).  People were asked to choose from a set list a book they would like to share and explain why.  20000 givers were then chosen, each will receive 48 copies of the title.

On Friday night, a public event held at London’s Trafalgar Square will welcome 10000 people to listen to readings from some of the authors.  Margaret Atwood, Mark Haddon, Philip Pullman and many more will be present.  I would have loved to go – I think it will be a fantastic night – but, unfortunately, I reside a bit too far.

I was over the moon to see that The Blind Assassin, written by Margaret Atwood and published by Virago, was on that list.  Margaret Atwood is my favourite author and The Blind Assassin is a fantastic book, which I have shared many times before and will be delighted to share another 48 times on Saturday.  This week, you have thus the opportunity to win one of the copies on this blog.

To win, it’s simple (actually not THAT simple; I like a bit of a challenge!).  Fill the form below with your details and the answers to the following questions (you can find all the answers on this blog and I will be nice and give you a hint: click on Atwood!).  This giveaway is open internationally and will end on Friday night at midnight (GMT).  Good luck!

  • Next fall, a new Atwood’s non-fiction book will come out.  In Other Worlds is a collection of lectures she gave on science-fiction.  In the past, she has published other such books; one being a collection of the Empson lectures she gave at Cambridge.  What is the name of this book?
  • Atwood has published eight collections of short stories/fictions.  Only one of them is a short story cycle or hybrid-novel.  What is the name of its main narrator?
  • Atwood playfully, but very seriously also, revises Dickens’s A Christmas Carol to highlight the debt we owe to the planet.  What is the title of the book in which she does that?

For those of you who have not been chosen, but still would like to share a book on this particular day, an alternative way of celebrating has been suggested.  Although I do not entirely believe the giveaway will affect independent bookshops badly, as has been suggested, I think this alternative World Book Night is a great and fun idea to still take part in the event.  It simply consists of people buying a book from an independent seller and giving it away on that day, thus supporting the book industry.  It has been said that World Book Night could impact negatively on independent booksellers, but I think the event is about sharing your passion for reading and for a certain book and ultimately could increase sales.  I certainly hope that people who receive a book from me will rush to buy more of Atwood’s books!

One last treat for you: a link to a page where you can find interviews of some of the authors featured in World Book Night.