The Big Read, run by the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, is celebrating its tenth anniversary and is inviting readers to discover James Patterson’s first Alex Cross crime novel, Along Came a Spider.
As many people as possible are being encouraged to read this hugely popular detective story this summer.
The Big Read is working with North Yorkshire libraries and the festival’s reader-in-residence, bestselling crime author Mari Hannah, will be touring libraries across the North of England.
Reading groups and individuals are invited to collect a free copy of the book ahead of the events then go to discuss it with Mari. She will be hosting events at Northallerton library and Ripon library on Tuesday, 5 June.
The event in Northallerton will be at 11am and the one in Ripon at 3pm. Tickets for both events are available in advance from the libraries and online. Spaces are limited.
Mari Hannah said: “I look forward to my annual road trip engaging with communities big and small. Everyone who attends these fun events will receive a free copy of Along Came a Spider, thanks to the generosity of James Patterson’s publisher, Random House, Arrow Books. So, whether you are an avid or reluctant reader, a library member or not, you are very welcome to join in the conversation, or just sit back and listen to one writer’s amazing journey and, of course, meet his fictional hero, Alex Cross.”
For news of the Big Read on Twitter follow @HIFBigRead and/or @mariwriter or access the festival hashtag: #BigRead2018. If you are not a member of the library, you can join for free. Visit your local branch or log on www.northyorks.gov.uk/libraries.