Tweeting for World Book Day

By James Hogwood

World Book Day is a UNESCO-designated day to celebrate all the incredible things that books give us – and who would better appreciate that than a bunch of language lovers like 26?

To celebrate, I’m going to be hosting a one-off book club on Twitter. Called Tweet Talk Give , it will raise funds for the very deserving Book Aid International, a charity which sends books to sub-Saharan Africa and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Basically, they help to educate and bring communities together so they can work for unity and prosperity. A worthy cause, I hope you’ll all agree.

If you’d like to join in, you’d be most welcome. The main things you’ll need are a Twitter account and a copy of ‘What I Talk About When I Talk About Running’ by Haruki Murakami, the book we’ve chosen to read by popular(ish) vote. If you don’t have a Twitter account or time to read the book, but do agree it’s an important cause, you can always show your support by helping to spread the word among friends or making a donation (details of where to do that will be up soon).

Your support will make a massive difference, because it costs just £2 – about the same as your morning coffee – to send one more book to people who really need it. You’ll be giving the gift of education, imagination and hope.

If you fancy it, we’ll be tweeting about this book and others on the #tweettalkgive hashtag from 8pm on Thursday 3 March. Would love to see you there. In the meantime, you can stay up to date with developments on my blog, the 26 message board, or the aforementioned hashtag.

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