Birmingham book-lovers are teaming up with an Edgbaston-based charity for a special Valentine's Day event in the city.

LUCIA (Life Uplifted by Change in Africa) supporters, book fans - the Birmingham Bookcrossers - and members of the public will meet over a hot drink to share their favourite reads. Award-winning author R.J. Ellory will also be there to talk about his favourite books. 

Guests will hear recommendations from other bibliophiles and be able to bid on the books at the end of the event. The afternoon, which has been supported by hosts Urban Coffee Company and other local organisations, aims to raise money for LUCIA's projects in Ethiopia.

LUCIA trustee Rebecca Shales said: "Books are close to the charity's heart. The trustees have all worked in the University of Birmingham Library and want to organise this event so LUCIA supporters can find a new book to love.

"Everyone knows recommendations are better when they come from people and LUCIA wants to give local readers the chance to inspire one another."

The event takes place on Sunday (February 14) from 2pm at the Urban Coffee Company, in Church Street, Birmingham city centre.

The event is free to attend, but donations are welcome.

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