Did you know that UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has declared April 23 “World Book and Copyright Day”?
That’s a bit of a mouthful, however, so today is often referred to, worldwide, as “The International Day of the Book.”
Way back in 1995, UNESCO declared:
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.
Of course, today is also World Book Night, which we highlighted here yesterday.
In Catalonia, Spain, April 23 has been St. George’s Day (The Day of the Rose) since 1436. Traditionally, among other more “spirituous” celebratory gestures, loved ones exchange books on this day. Hint…hint…
As if you needed another excuse to swing by your local indie bookstore on your way home tonight!
Happy International Day of the Book.