The April 23 is dedicated to the book and reading. Because this date is celebrated worldwide since 1995 as World Book and Copyright Day or even short World Book Day. Reason enough to include this event in the calendar of curious holidays from all over the world and to tell its story with this article. What is World Books Day about?
Who started the World Book and Copyright Day?
There are really enough reasons and occasions to properly honor reading or the book with your own curious holidays and days of action. So today is World Book Day.
In contrast to many other articles from the calendar of literary holidays , in the case of World Book and Copyright Day there are very specific indications of who started it, since when it has been celebrated and why its inventors chose the date of all things on April 23rd today. But one after anonther.
World Book and Copyright Day was initiated by UNESCO and celebrated for the first time on April 23, 1995. World Book Day has also been officially celebrated in Germany since 1996. The choice of date refers to the Catalan tradition of giving away flowers or roses and books on St. George’s Day – today’s 23 April and also the name day of the local popular saint St. George (see also the list of related links below) .
Why does World Book Day fall on April 23rd?
But that’s not all. Because parallel to this there are further literary references to this date, which also includes the hypothetical date of birth and death of William Shakespeare (before 1564 – 1616 – see also the article on Talk like Shakespeare Day ) , describes the death days of the Spanish national poet and inventor of Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) and the Catalan author and journalist Josep Pla (1897-1981) as well as the birthday of the Icelandic Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness (1902-1998) (see also the other articles from the calendar of curious birthdays ).
Whether it beyond a contextual relationship to also committed today the international day of the English language (English. UN English Language Day), the International Day of the nose drilling (Engl. International Nose Picking Day), the day of German beer , the US Use -the-opportunity-day (English. Take a Chance Day) or the day of the cherry-cheesecake (English. National Cherry Cheesecake Day), I could not find out in the course of the research.
One exception should not be left unmentioned in this context. Because in Great Britain and Ireland they celebrate their own variant of this event as World Book Day UK on the first Thursday in March.
Goals and intention: why a holiday for books and copyright?
Books and reading are important components of a lively written culture and knowledge transfer. Without the protection of the rights of authors, however, this is difficult to maintain and it is precisely this connection that today’s World Book Day and the worldwide actions associated with it are aimed at. In short, it is about the medium of the book, whether in printed or digital form, as a central and indispensable instrument for the preservation and dissemination of knowledge and promoting the ability to read.
The annual election of the UNESCO World Book Capital City
Due to the great success of the World Book and Copyright Day, UNESCO has also been supporting another initiative on April 23rd since 2000: the annual election of the World Book Capital City. In cooperation with the International Publishers Association (IPA), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the International Booksellers Federation (IBF) ) UNESCO has awarded this title to a city in its member states since 2001 (see also the list of further links below and for a similar procedure the contribution to the International Children’s Book Day (International Children’s Book Day on April 2).
Each year a city is selected that undertakes to represent the core idea of World Book Day and the geographical and cultural influence of books and literature by April 23 of the following year through its own initiative. However, this title is not simply awarded, but interested cities / countries must apply with their own campaign for the election to the World Book Capital City. So far there have been the following title holders:
- 2001: Madrid, Spain
- 2002: Alexandria, Egypt
- 2003: New Delhi, India
- 2004: Antwerp, Belgium
- 2005: Montreal, Canada
- 2006: Turin, Italy
- 2007: Bogotá, Colombia
- 2008: Amsterdam, Netherlands
- 2009: Beirut, Lebanon
- 2010: Ljubljana, Slovenia
- 2011: Buenos Aires, Argentina
- 2012: Yerevan, Armenia
- 2013: Bangkok, Thailand
- 2014: Port Harcourt, Nigeria
- 2015: Incheon, South Korea
- 2016: Wrocław, Poland
- 2017: Conakry, Guinea
- 2018: Athens, Greece
- 2019: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
- 2020: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
World Book and Copyright Day: Inspiring Quotes About Books and Reading
When we read, we dive into new worlds. Books fire our imagination and entertain us. Here we present you the most beautiful quotes about reading
Book Reading makes us laugh and sometimes even moves us to tears, it conjures up images before our inner eye and some books even captivate us so much that we can hardly put them down. We agree: Reading is the nicest thing in the world! The following quotes show that many great thinkers, writers, and philosophers share this view and have been:
1. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King
2. “Reading is a form of prayer, a guided meditation that briefly makes us believe we’re someone else, disrupting the delusion that we’re permanent and at the center of the universe. Suddenly (we’re saved!) other people are real again, and we’re fond of them.” – George Saunders
3. “Salvation is certainly among the reasons I read. Reading and writing have always pulled me out of the darkest experiences in my life. Stories have given me a place in which to lose myself. They have allowed me to remember. They have allowed me to forget. They have allowed me to imagine different endings and better possible worlds.” – Roxane Gay
4. “Books may well be the only true magic.” – Alice Hoffman
5. “Anyone who knows how to read has the key to great deeds and unimaginable opportunities.”- Aldous Huxley
6. “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass
7. “Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: They feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.” – Anne Lamott
8. “Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world.” – Jeanette Winterson
9. “Reading is important. If you know how to read, then the whole world opens up to you.” – Barack Obama
10. “When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.” – Maya Angelou
11. “It is really hard to be lonely very long in a world of words. Even if you don’t have friends somewhere, you still have language, and it will find you and wrap its little syllables around you and suddenly there will be a story to live in.” – Naomi Shihab Nye
12. “Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.” – Kate DiCamillo
13. “Reading strengthens the soul”- Voltaire
14. “A good would take me out of myself and then stuff me back in, outsized, now, and uneasy with the fit.” – David Sedaris
15. “Books are, let’s face it, better than everything else. If we played Cultural Fantasy Boxing League, and made books go fifteen rounds in the ring against the best that any other art form had to offer, then books would win pretty much every time.” – Nick Hornby
16. “Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” – Jean Rhys
17. “Some books leave us free and some books make us free.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
18. “A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.” – Charles Baudelaire
19. “I can feel infinitely alive curled up on the sofa reading a book.” – Benedict Cumberbatch
20. “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Cicero
21. “You learn to love, laugh and walk from your parents. But only when you come into contact with books do you discover that you have wings.”- Helen Hayes
22. “Books are magic carpets into the realm of the imagination.”- James Daniel
23. “One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.” – Carl Sagan
24. “We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: We need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.” – Philip Pullman
25. Think before you speak. Read before you think. – Fran Lebowitz
26. “A life without books is like a childhood without fairy tales, is like a youth without love, is like an old age without peace.”- Carl Peter Fröhling
27. “Read a lot. Expect something big, something exalting or deepening from a book. No book is worth reading that isn’t worth re-reading.” – Susan Sontag
28. “When I feel bad, I don’t go to the pharmacy, I go to my bookseller.”- Philippe Dijan
29. “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” – Joan Didion
30. “I guess a big part of serious fiction’s purpose is to give the reader, who like all of us is sort of marooned in her own skull, to give her imaginative access to other selves.” – David Foster Wallace
31. “A story can always break into pieces while it sits inside a book on a shelf; and, decades after we have read it even twenty times, it can open us up, by cut or caress, to a new truth.” – Andre Dubus
32. “Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.” – Lena Dunham
33. “A word after a word after a word is power.” – Margaret Atwood
34. “Have books ‘happened’ to you? Unless your answer to that question is ‘yes,’ I’m unsure how to talk to you.” – Haruki Murakami
35. “That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
36. “As you read a book word by word and page by page, you participate in its creation, just as a cellist playing a Bach suite participates, note by note, in the creation, the coming-to-be, the existence, of the music. And, as you read and re-read, the book of course participates in the creation of you, your thoughts and feelings, the size and temper of your soul.” – Ursula K. Le Guin
37. “Both reading and writing are experiences – lifelong – in the course of which we who encounter words used in certain ways are persuaded by them to be brought mind and heart within the presence, the power, of the imagination.” – Eudora Welty
38. “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” – Jhumpa Lahiri
39. “I love the way that each book — any book — is its own journey. You open it, and off you go…” – Sharon Creech
40. “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.” – Rene Descartes
41. “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” – James Baldwin
42. “Reading fiction is important. It is a vital means of imagining a life other than our own, which in turn makes us more empathetic beings. Following complex story lines stretches our brains beyond the 140 characters of sound-bite thinking, and staying within the world of a novel gives us the ability to be quiet and alone, two skills that are disappearing faster than the polar icecaps.” – Ann Patchett
43. “A room without books is a body without a soul.”- Cicero
44. “Books are mirrors: You only see in them what you already have inside you.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
45. “Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
46. “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” – William Styron
47. “Literature is the safe and traditional vehicle through which we learn about the world and pass on values from one generation to the next. Books save lives.” – Laurie Anderson
48. “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” – J.K. Rowling
49. “Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real.” – Nora Ephron
50. “We read to know we are not alone.” – C.S. Lewis
51. “It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.” – John Waters
52. “Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.” – Malorie Blackman
53. “I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them.” – Emma Thompson
54. “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller