World Book and Copyright Day: History, Theme and Books That You Must Try

Every Year on April 23rd, 2020 UNESCO celebrates World Book and Copyright Day all over the world.  At a time where most of the schools around the world are closed and people are having to limit their time spent outside due to the coronavirus pandemic, the power of books must be leveraged to combat, reinforce ties between people while stimulating the minds and creativity. 23rd April was selected by UNESCO to pay tribute to great literary figures like William Shakespeare, Miguel Cervantes, and Vladimir Nabokov and many more.

History

In the year 1995, UNESCO decided to celebrate April 23 as World Book and Copyright Day, since the date has prominence in the history of literature. April 23 marks the death anniversary of many prominent literary figures like William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, while the date also marks the birth anniversary of many other prominent authors including Maurice Druon, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla, Haldor K. Lazness and Manuel Mejia Vallejo. Therefore, UNESCO chose April 23 to celebrate World Book Day’ worldwide.

World Book Capital for 2020: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Every year, UNESCO and the three major sectors of the book industry international organizations: publishers, booksellers and libraries, select the World Book Capital for a one-year period, effective from 23 April of every year. This Year Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia has been selected because of city’s strong focus on inclusive education, the development of a knowledge-based society and accessible reading for all parts of the city’s population.

This year’s slogan is  “KL Baca – caring through reading”, the focus of program is on four themes: reading in all its forms, development of the book industry infrastructure, inclusiveness and digital accessibility, and empowerment of children through reading. The objective is to improve and develop a culture of reading and inclusiveness by emphasizing on access to books throughout the city.

Some Books That You Must Try

On the occasion of the World Book and Copyright Day we are suggesting few books that you must try reading:

  • Palace of illusions’ by Chitra Banerjee
  • Wings of fire’ by APJ Abdul Kalam
  • A Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint Exupery
  • The night circus’ by Erin Morgenstern
  • Not without my daughter’ by Betty Mahmoody
  • Why I assassinated Gandhi’ by Nathuram Godse
  • Emma’ by Jane Austin
  • The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins

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