HarperCollins asked their authors from around the world to share their thoughts on why they write, why they read, and the books that have influenced them.

Here’s what they had to say. Tell us why you read and share your favorite books! Join the discussion @HarperCollins on Twitter using #hc200.

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In conjunction with this initiative, HarperCollins will collaborate with First Book to launch the #WhyIRead sweepstakes, in which readers can enter for a chance to win one of two grand prizes (an iPad mini loaded with a collection of HarperCollins e-books) or four runner-up prizes (a collection of HarperCollins e-books). In addition, grand prize winners can help give to their community by recommending a First Book-eligible school or program serving kids in need to receive a donation of 1,000 books.

The sweepstakes will run from May 1 through June 7, 2017. Learn more and enter at www.hc.com/hc200sweepstakes.

As part of HarperCollins’ ongoing commitment to ensuring that reading remains accessible to all, the company will also donate $200,000 to a collection of literacy-related charities selected by its employees, and made possible by a grant from News Corp, the parent company of HarperCollins. The charities receiving sponsorships support a wide variety of causes that are important to HarperCollins, including promoting education and literacy for all, supporting authors and their freedom of expression, and championing literature that reflects and honors the lives of all people. They include: First Book, National Coalition Against Censorship, Room to Read, United Through Reading, and We Need Diverse Books.

“HarperCollins has had a long, storied history supporting authors and the printed word, and we’ve been passionate about supporting literacy and education since the company was founded in 1817,” said Brian Murray, President and CEO, HarperCollins Publishers. “The positive impact on literacy rates during the past two centuries alongside HarperCollins’ innovations and growth lets us know it’s a more-than-worthy cause to continue to support.”

About HarperCollins

HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With two hundred years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 17 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) and can be visited online at corporate.HC.com.