Happy WORLD DAY OF BOOKS!!! 23 April …

World Book and Copyright Day
23 April

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23 April is a symbolic date for world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.

In the UK and Ireland, today marks the celebration of World Book Night. This year, for the first time, individual readers are are being encouraged to register as community book givers and give a book away – be it to a friend or loved one, a member of their community or a complete stranger – to spread the love for literature.


Each year a poster is designed and distributed around the world. It features images designed to encourage people, particularly children, to read books and appreciate literature. There is also a logo for World Book and Copyright Day. It features a circle, representing the world, and two books, one of which is open.

Purpose of the day…

World Book and Copyright Day is an occasion to pay a worldwide tribute to books and authors and to encourage people to discover the pleasure of reading. It is hoped that this will lead to the renewed respect for those who have made irreplaceable contributions to social and cultural progress. In some years, the UNESCO Prize for Children’s and Young People’s Literature in the Service of Tolerance is awarded. It is also hoped that World Book and Copyright Day will increase people’s understanding of and adherence to copyright laws and other measures to protect intellectual copyright.

What do people do?…

A range of activities to promote reading and the cultural aspects of books are held all over the world. Many of these emphasize international cooperation or friendships between countries. Events include: relay readings of books and plays; the distribution of bookmarks; the announcement of the winners of literary competitions; and actions to promote the understanding of laws on copyright and the protection of authors’ intellectual property.

PS. Are you involved in World Book Night? Or are you in one of the countries that celebrate World Book Day today? I want to see and read how you’re experiencing it – and what book you would share with your loved ones…

Following the Catalan tradition, I have just bought my copy of The Four Loves, by C.S. Lewis: This is a beautiful, heart-searching book on the nature love. By reading it yourself and giving it to someone you love, not only would you would both find out precisely where you stood, 🙂  but you could enjoy the greater depth of love in all its nuances opened up before you!


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