Saturday, April 23, 2011

World Book and Copyright Day !

"Books are both object and idea. Tangible in form, intangible in content, they 
express the mind of an author and find meaning in the imagination of readers. 
Reading is this private conversation, but books are all about sharing –- sharing 
experience, knowledge and understanding." 

Irina Bokova, Director-General of  UNESCO

23 April is a symbolic date for world literature for on this date and in the same year of 1616, 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, K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. 

It is a natural choice for UNESCO's General Conference to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.

A Menina que Roubava Livros
Markus Zusak

The idea for this celebration originated in Catalonia where on 23 April, Saint George's Day, a rose is traditionally given as a gift for each book sold. 

The success of the World Book and Copyright Day will depend primarily on the support received from all parties concerned (authors, publishers, teachers, librarians, public and private institutions, humanitarian NGOs and the mass media), who have been mobilized in each country by UNESCO National Commissions, UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations, Associated Schools and Libraries, and by all those who feel motivated to work together in this world celebration of books and authors.

Buenos Aires (Argentina) fue elegida por la UNESCO como la capital del libro 2011. Pueden acceder al sitio web para leer todas as actualidades aqui

"Books embody the human capacity to conjure up worlds of reality and imagination and to express them. They are the best voices of tolerance. They provide the strongest signs of hope. Books are pillars for free and open societies. "

Irina BokovaDirector-General of  UNESCO


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