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Today is World Book Day!

DH Vancouver Staff Apr 23, 2014 7:47 am

World Book Day is today – April 23, 2014! What book are you planning to dig into today?

In light of recent cutbacks to the CBC, it’s more important than ever to encourage Vancouverites to read. UNESCO established the World Book and Copyright Day to fall annually on April 23 for very specific reasons. From the United Nations website:

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.

It was a natural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, 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.

What was the last great book you read? Whether you prefer paperback or digital versions, today’s libraries are filled with more choices than ever. Try Goodreads or the VPL’s many book clubs to whet your interest on something new.


Many old books image via shutterstock

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