Globe cel­e­brates World Book Day

23 April sig­nif­i­cant date for deaths, births of fa­mous writ­ers

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page -

The world cel­e­brated on Mon­day World Book Day, with 23 April act­ing as a sym­bolic date for world lit­er­a­ture.

On this date in 1616,fa­mous writ­ers Miguel de Cer­vantes, Wil­liam 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 1995, the UNESCO’s Gen­eral Con­fer­ence was held in Paris to pay a world­wide trib­ute to books and au­thors on this date, en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one, and in par­tic­u­lar young peo­ple, to dis­cover the plea­sure of read­ing.

It is ob­served by mil­lions of peo­ple in over 100 coun­tries, in hun­dreds of vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions, schools, pub­lic bod­ies, pro­fes­sional groups, and pri­vate busi­nesses, ac­cord­ing to the UN.

Each year, the UNESCO and the in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions rep­re­sent­ing the three ma­jor sec­tors of the book in­dus­try— pub­lish­ers, book­sellers, and li­braries—se­lect the World Book Cap­i­tal for a one-year pe­riod, ef­fec­tive 23 April each year.

The city of Athens was cho­sen for the qual­ity of its ac­tiv­i­ties, sup­ported by the en­tire book in­dus­try.The aim is to make books ac­ces­si­ble to the city’s en­tire pop­u­la­tion, in­clud­ing mi­grants and refugees.

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