This week at Midas 22nd-26th April

Our round-up of Midas announcements from the week:

Quick Reads Launch Event

On Tuesday/World Book Night, the launch event for Quick Reads, an initiative by The Reading Agency dedicated to democratising the joys and advantages of reading, took place. Quick Reads targets the significant portion of UK adults, one in three, who seldom indulge in reading for pleasure, as well as the one in six who encounter challenges with reading. Quick Reads is not just a program; it’s a catalyst for transformative change, crucially tackling the adult literacy issue in the UK. Hosted at Hachette UK, the event drew over 100 attendees, comprising supporters, influencers, and authors alike, with Zubs Covered sharing the behind the scenes action to her 97k Instagram followers. 




Books Are My Bag Limited-Edition Bag

On Friday, the Booksellers Association will reveal the designer of this year’s Books Are MyBag Limited-Edition Bag – created exclusively for bookshops every year to celebrate Bookshop Day (Saturday 12 October 2024). This year’s designer is author, artist and illustrator Angela Harding, who follows in the footsteps of the likes of Dapo Adeola, Charlie Mackesy, Sir Peter Blake, Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin and Orla Kiely – among others.



Angela Harding, Cornwall. Photography by Joanne Crawford


Women’s Prize Shortlist Party 

On Wednesday evening, Midas attended the Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist Party 2024 sponsored by Audible. Huge congratulations to all the wonderful women who were shortlisted!




Book Lover Spotlight: @Poppysreads

Bookshop.org’s initiative ‘Book Lover Spotlight’ shines on a different individual every two weeks to curate and post their favourite books.

This week, the spotlight is on @Poppysreads, who has handpicked a delightful assortment of fiction genres – from romance to thriller, literary fiction to fantasy – for your reading pleasure under the sunny skies. Check out Poppy’s post here or on the website here.



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