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World Book and Copyright Day

April 23

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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day 23 of April, repeating indefinitely

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World Book and Copyright Day

A yearly event on April 23rd

 

World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) is a yearly event on April 23rd, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote reading, publishing and copyright. In the United Kingdom, the day is recognized on the first Thursday in March. World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995.

  • To raise awareness about the importance of reading
  • To reach out and give people access to books
  • To educate people to take care for their library facilities
  • To celebrate books.

Source: UNESCO

 

The connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Catalonia, Spain. The original idea was of the Valencian writer Vicente Clavel Andrés as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes, who died on this date. In 1995 UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on 23 April, as the date is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as that of the birth or death of several other prominent authors

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