Yale announces a brand new website for our Little History family of books, to celebrate our bestselling Little History of the World being selected to be part of World Book Night 2013.
World Book Night UK on April 23rd is a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift specially chosen and printed books in their communities to share their love of reading.
April 23rd has long been a significant date for world literature, it is the birth and death day of William Shakespeare, as well as the day that the great Spanish novelist Cervantes died. It is in their honour that UNESCO appointed April 23rd international day of the book and the reason that this date was chosen for World Book Night.
The day selected for World Book Night has another layer of literary significance, it it also St George’s Day in both England and Catalonia. Historically, as a way of marking this event in the Catalan region of Spain, Catalan gentlemen gave ladies roses – and ladies returned this favour with a book. This act of sharing has been adopted into the World Book Night festivities, and in the UK alone, 20,000 volunteers will each attempt to give away 20 books to perfect strangers. You can follow the progress of World Book Night on Twitter or Facebook, or visit our new website to read more about Yale’s selected title, A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich.