Staying in is the new going out. Are you in?

One person becomes displaced every 2 seconds. There are 25.4 million refugees worldwide, 50% of whom are children. Join the world’s most beloved authors and sign up now to be part of the worldwide read-in for refugees. In October 2019, when the read-in kicks off, we’ll send you an invitation to join us. Give what you spend on a night out and curl up with a book instead. Are you in?

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RENOWNED AUTHORS

As part of the read-in, you’ll get access to live readings from renowned authors, lists and reviews from experts and creative ideas for your night in. Meet the authors.

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GIFTS FOR READERS

As a thank-you, you’ll get the chance to win exclusive gifts from your favorite authors, booksellers and brands.

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GOOD KARMA

Donations go to RefugePoint, an award-winning nonprofit that supports the world’s most vulnerable refugees. Learn more about their work.


 

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Authors in support of #Read4Refugees

Join the world’s most compassionate readers and writers for a night in to save lives.

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Elizabeth Gilbert

“Nothing would make me happier than to stay inside reading…knowing that I am holding love for refugees in my heart at the same time.”

— Elizabeth Gilbert, NY Times Bestselling Author, Eat Pray Love

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“What a great idea. Always happy to support RefugePoint.”

— Isabel Allende, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient

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MARGARET ATWOOD

“Reading The Accusation, by Bandi. Smuggled out of North Korea. Helps us to understand why people flee…”

— Margaret Atwood, Author, Handmaid’s Tale, Winner 100+ Literary Awards

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“It is a joy to donate to a cause like this that I believe in.”

— Sue Monk Kidd, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author




In October 2019, when the read-in kicks off, we’ll send you an invitation to join us. Give what you spend on a night out and curl up with a book instead. Are you in?

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How You Make a Difference.

One person becomes displaced every 2 seconds. There are 25.4 million refugees worldwide, 50% of whom are children.

When you give your night out, your donation goes to RefugePoint, an award-winning nonprofit that supports the world’s most at-risk refugees, including orphaned children, at-risk women, victims of torture and those with life-threatening medical conditions. Whether your night-out budget covers a posh restaurant or a dollar movie, your support matters. Your voice counts.

Learn more about RefugePoint.

#Read4Refugees is made possible by YOU!

Help spread the word by snapping a selfie with a #Read4Refugees sign and your chosen book! Post your photo to the hashtag. Download and print your #Read4Refugees selfie sign here.

When the read-in starts in October 2019, the internet will be bursting with book recommendations from readers and writers around the world. Here’s a sneak peek. What will you be reading?

 
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ELEANOR CATTON, MAN BOOKER PRIZE WINNER, THE LUMINARIES

“Great idea! I'm reading Mohsin Hamid's Exit West. Good luck with the campaign!”

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Tui Sutherland, New York TImes Bestselling Children’s Author

“What a great idea -- my kids and I will be happily at home reading Shannon Hale's Squirrel Girl.”

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Nicole Krauss, International Bestselling author,The history of love

“Eager to contribute to RefugePoint. Rereading everything by Grace Paley, beginning with Enormous Changes at the Last Minute.”

Cancel the babysitter and get lost in a book with your kids. Show them the power of kindness.

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lima, Peru

“Our ‘Mother and Daughter Book Club’ in Lima, Peru were thrilled to raise $150 for Read4Refugees, when we stayed in for the night to discuss our latest book, When the Mountain Meets the Moon. Thank you for helping us support such a worthwhile cause.”

—Tiffany Fairbanks

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London, UK

“My favorite thing to do is read, and now I can help other people by doing it. I’m so excited to stay in!”

—Isobel Phillips

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Salt Lake City, USA

“My family really enjoyed doing this!!! This is an excellent cause and a fabulous activity. Reading changes the world--every word, every page, every person matters.”

—Kristyn Nuttal

 

You can #Read4Refugees on your own or get together with friends. Here are tips for hosting a read-in at your place.

 
 
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Wear Pajamas.

We’re serious. Invite your guests to come in their coziest sleepwear. Everyone will love it, and it will make the night that much more memorable. If jammies aren’t your jam, we’ll settle for casual attire.

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Book swap.

Get everyone to bring 1-2 books they love and are willing to lend out or give away. Take turns introducing your books. Then put all the books in a pile. Everyone draws a number and each successive number gets to choose whether to take a book from the pile or steal a book from someone else. Yep—it’s white elephant with books.

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Pantry potluck.

The aim of #Read4Refugees is for participants to donate to refugees instead of spend. So if you’re serving food and drinks, keep it simple. Do a “Pantry Potluck” and ask guests to bring something cheap and easy they already have on their shelf. It’s fun to see what shows up from the back of your friends’ cupboards!

Build a tent.

If your guests have kids, adapt the evening’s activities to suit the whole family. Get out the cushions and blankets and build a reading tent where the little ones can thumb through the books by flashlight while the adults chat on the couch. You’ll win host of the year.