CrimeFest is giving away around 650 books to all 27 libraries across its host city Bristol in an initiative supported by author and library advocate Ann Cleeves.
The Big Library Crime Book Giveaway will run from 29th April to 1st May. Books in the giveaway feature titles by many authors who will be appearing in Bristol at the event this year, including Steve Mosby, Robert Goddard, Kia Abdullah and Sam Carrington.
The initiative has been run by CrimeFest since 2016. In addition, it provides discounted tickets to its convention to librarians. The convention also donated £ 5,000 worth of books to inner-city school libraries across Bristol, with support from the independent bookshop Max Minerva and the festival’s title sponsor Specsavers.
Cleeves said: “It’s fantastic that CrimeFest is giving away hundreds of books to libraries in Bristol. All genres owe a lot to the work of libraries, but crime fiction is the most borrowed genre. Accessible and popular, crime fiction offers a gateway into reading, and the many benefits that brings. I’ve long been a vocal champion of libraries and their importance for our communities, so I’m delighted to throw my support behind this initiative. ”
Kate Murray, head of Bristol’s library service, said: “We’re really pleased to be taking part in the Big Library Crime Book Giveaway again this year across all of our 27 libraries in Bristol. It is fantastic to get books into the hands of readers and get people into libraries, where they can talk to staff and find out more about what’s on in their local library and the wide range of services we offer. Reading for pleasure can have such a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing, so we’re really pleased to take part in this giveaway and share the joy of reading across the city. ”
This year’s CrimeFest runs from 12th to 15th May at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, with around 60 panel events and 150 authors.
Adrian Muller, co-host of CrimeFest, said: “Crime fiction is a popular gateway into reading. In a cost-of-living crisis, we want to encourage people to take advantage of the fact they can access a wealth of free books at their local library. School and community libraries and librarians play a role in transforming lives by fostering a love for reading. Reading can be transformative not only emotionally, but on an educational, economic and social level. ”
For more information, visit the event website.