5 ways to get involved with Book Week Scotland today!

literary characters fight it out for Book Week Scotland
Category: Reading

Book Week Scotland is back for its third outing! From 24 to 30 November 2014 we have hundreds of events planned with our partners featuring loads of top Scotland-based authors - so get your diary out now and fill it with fun stuff to look forward to.

However, before we all dive into a week of bookish madness there is so much to Book Week Scotland that you can get involved with right now!


1. Take a Reading Pledge for Book Week Scotland

Book Week Scotland is the perfect opportunity to commit yourself to reading more books, or simply enjoying their company. And this year, we’re asking you to do just that. Is there a book that's stubbornly stayed at the bottom of your reading pile? Pledge to read it. Are your bookshelves a disgrace? Pledge to restore order to them. Do you wish your family spent more time reading together? Pledge to read together for 30 minutes a night. We’ve picked out lots of great pledges for you to solemnly swear to do plus you can always add your own. See what other people have pledged already on our Pledge Wall before repeating after us, “For Book Week Scotland 2014 I pledge to…”


2. Vote for your favourite character from Scottish books

Is Hermione your heroine? Or does Rebus beat Sherlock into second place as your favourite detective? Whoever are your heroes of Scottish fiction, comics, poetry and plays, we want to know. Our panel of experts has created a shortlist of 50 characters for you to choose from. If your favourites aren’t there, you can enter them yourselves then start a campaign to get more people to do the same. Voting is open from now until Wednesday 26 November 2014. We'll announce the winners on Friday 28 November. 


3. Write a Love Letter to your local library

Have you told your library lately that you love them? Make a point of it for Book Week Scotland 2014. We’re inviting people around Scotland, the UK and the whole wide world to write a love letter to their local library. To help inspire you, Jackie Kay has written a series of beautiful poems entitled ‘Dear Library’. Take that inspiration and show libraries and librarians (and any watching politicians) just how much you value them.


4. Pick your books out for Book Week Scotland

Just like holidays, picking a book for Book Week Scotland is an important task. Luckily, we have loads of themed book lists for you to peruse at your leisure before making a choice. If you’ve got young people in your life we have lists for babies, children and teenagers too. And dinnae forget tae take a swatch at our Scottish book lists before making your final call. We'll be publishing new lists every week in the run up to the week itself. 


5. Tune into Book Talk

Every two weeks we put out a new edition of Book Talk, our show for booklovers. These alternate between our interviews show full of fascinating listening for readers and writers alike (and featuring top authors like David Mitchell, Patrick Ness and RJ Palacio); then two weeks later we publish our panel discussion edition which focusses in on one title – think of it like a book group you can carry around on your MP3 or smartphone, a book group you never have to provide food for. We’ll soon post our Book Week Scotland preview so subscribe now on iTunesSoundcloud or simply find a show you like the sound of and listen online. 


Everything you need to know about Book Week Scotland and aren't afraid to ask can be found on our dedicated #BookWeekScot website.

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