It is a worldwide day of celebration of books, literature and above all an invitation to share the pleasure of reading.
The 23rd April is recognised as being the date of the death of William Shakespeare and Cervantes. April 23rd was designated World Book and Copyright Day by Unesco because it was seen as a symbolic date for world literature. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon, K. Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.
The idea for World Book Day originated in Catalonia where, on 23rd April – Saint George’s Day (St Jordi) – a rose is traditionally given as a gift for each book sold.
There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away (E.Dickinson)