World Book and Copyright Day
23 April, 2021
23rd April is the date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died, as well as the date of birth or death of other prominent authors (Maurice Druon, Haldor K. Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla, Manuel Mejía Vallejo). World Book and Copyright Day is to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors, to encourage discovery of the pleasure of reading and to renew respect for authors and publishers in furthering the social and cultural progress of humanity. Observed by millions of people in over 100 countries, in hundreds of voluntary organizations, schools, public bodies, professional groups and private businesses, the Day has enabled also a greater shared understanding of the publishing world: books as vectors of values and knowledge, depositories of the intangible heritage, windows onto diversity, tools for dialogue, sources of material wealth and copyright-protected works of creative artists. Each year a city is chosen to maintain the impetus of the Day’s celebrations until 23rd April of the following year. The World Book Capital for 2021 is Tbilisi in Georgia.