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23 January 2019

Reading Night is a bestseller: with over 5,000 events worldwide!

Held for the 3rd time on 19 January 2019, Reading Night has cemented its status as a crowd-pleasing event!
All over mainland France, in Overseas France as well as across 30 other countries, some 450,000 participants of all ages flocked to 5,000 events held in nearly 2,500 venues (so 36% more libraries than in 2018). On the Ministry of Culture's initiative, a whole host of sites got involved in the event: libraries and bookshops naturally, but also schools, hospitals, prisons, museums, cultural centres, concert halls, writers' houses, French Institutes and more!

This evening event shined the spotlight on reading in all its forms by rallying all stakeholders in the book industry to the cause (including librarians, booksellers, publishers, authors, illustrators and associations) and putting on all sorts of fun and festive activities.

With its slogan "All readers!" taking centre-stage, this year's event provided a rich and widely varying programme beckoning people from all walks of life to come, whatever their age, place of residence or reading habits, to discover or re-discover the joys of reading.

To celebrate Reading Night, Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, and Bérénice Bejo, who was the patron of this year’s event, wanted to support the Libraries Without Borders initiative and distributed nearly 100 "bags of books" containing works in French. The Minister of Culture then visited the cultural centre La Lanterne in Rambouillet, where he was able to chat with the librarians and readers taking part in the workshops organised for Reading Night.
"Reading is to interact with your imagination, smile, dream, and sometimes cry. It is about discovering other worlds and discovering oneself".
Franck Riester,
Minister of Culture

Meanwhile, the patron of this 3rd Reading Night, the actress Bérénice Bejo, visited the French National Archives to talk with Abd Al Malik in the brand new bookshop ICI.

Franck Riester hailed this triumph and extended his sincere gratitude to Bérénice Bejo as well as to all those who contributed to making it such a success through their dedication and hard work.

He also thanked all the event's media and institutional partners: Bibliothèque publique d’information, Centre national du livre, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Association des bibliothécaires de France, Association des bibliothécaires départementaux, Association des directeurs des bibliothèques municipales et des groupements intercommunaux des villes de France, Syndicat de la librairie française, association internationale des libraires francophones, Société des Gens de Lettres, Syndicat national de l’édition, Association des directeurs et personnels de direction des bibliothèques universitaires et de la documentation, Association Art + Université + Culture, France Loisirs, RATP, Phenix Stories, Mediatables, RFI, France 24, Monte Carlo Doualiya, France Médias Mondes, TV5 Monde, 20 minutes, France Télévisions and Radio France.