From the Guardian
"World Book Night was inspired by the success of World Book Day, which last year distributed tokens to schoolchildren for 600,000 specially printed books. With each of the volunteers set to give away 48 books, and another 40,000 to be distributed by the organisers, a million books in total will be given away on 5 March. The event has already attracted endorsements from many of the biggest names in print, including Alan Bennett, John le Carré and Mark Haddon, all of whom are scheduled to appear at the Trafalgar Square reading. The other authors scheduled so far are Edna O'Brien, DBC Pierre, Philip Pullman, Lemn Sissay and Derek Walcott.
Organisers say the Trafalgar Square event will be followed by hundreds of events around the UK on World Book Night itself, details of which can be found on its website
Check out the Twenty-Five books to be given away. It'd quite an impressive list with links to a synopsis of the book and something about the author.