On April 23, award-winning author Sophie Kinsella (creator of the much-loved ‘Shopaholic’ series) will travel the Number 9 route on a bus kindly donated by First and Transport for London. On her journey she will visit the Hammersmith Library (5pm), Waterstones on High Street Ken (6.15pm), Kensington Central Library (6.30pm) and Paddington Library (8pm) to meet fans, sign books and give away selected copies to a lucky few attendants. But this is only the beginning of World Book Night – in addition to one million books being given away by 20,000 volunteers and distributed by charities in prisons, hospitals and schools, thousands of people will be taking part in public reading events across the UK, in libraries, bookshops, art centres and open public spaces. The flagship event of the evening takes place at the Southbank Centre, with participants ranging from Mark Billingham, leading crime fiction writer, to Turkish mystical-author Elif Shafak and the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company. Although the Southbank event is ticketed, there will be a live stream from the venue to many libraries and art venues across the country, as well as on the World Book Night website. The Southbank’s River Terrace will be host to free candle light readings from 10.30pm, concluding the most ambitious and far-reaching reading event of the year. Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of the excitement. Kate Samuelson
For info, see www.worldbooknight.org.