We are delighted to be working with the BBC Radio 2 Book Club to involve more people in inspiring reading experiences. From October 2013, we're setting up a special new book selection panel for the Radio 2 Book Club with public library and Reading Agency staff from across the UK. The books we help to select will air on Radio 2 from Spring 2014.
The BBC Radio 2 Book Club, which has its home on Simon Mayo's popular Drivetime show, is building up the buzz around reading, and introducing the public to an eclectic range of authors, from Hannah Kent to Philipp Meyer, Gavin Extence to Sahar Delijani. Alongside plans to sticker selected books in shops and libraries, and to provide Radio 2 Book Club review quotes for e-reader copies, the BBC is changing the selection process for books, to give more authors a chance of being chosen and to increase the publicity around choices.
Simon Mayo says: "It's great to hear authors talking about their books on my show - it's one of things I enjoy most. The chance to put the Radio 2 stamp on some of them and introduce even more readers to Radio 2 Book Club recommendations seems like the perfect next step. We want even more people to enjoy these brilliant books."
New selection panel
The new panel of Reading Agency and library staff will act as the initial filtering layer in the Radio 2 Book Club quarterly selection process for featured titles. The books will be seen by at least two members of the panel, with the top 12 books sent through for consideration by a Radio 2 committee. The best six will then form the Radio 2 Book Club choices for that season.
"We are very proud to be working with BBC Radio 2 and our library partners on this brilliant initiative. We hope it inspires many more people to join a book club, open a book and discover the wonderful, transformative power of reading," says Sue Wilkinson, Chief Executive of The Reading Agency.
"This is a fantastic initiative from BBC Radio 2 and The Reading Agency. I'm delighted to join the new panel, and bring the community expertise of librarians into the mix. Together we can encourage even more people to take the wonderful journey that is reading!" says Karen Cunningham, head of libraries and cultural venues at Glasgow Life, and director of Aye Write! Glasgow's book festival.
For more information about the new partnership contact Karen McPherson.