April 23 marks the day on which several of the world’s most noted authors—William Shakespeare, Miguel Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega—all died. It also marks World Book and Copyright Day, a celebration established in 1995 by UNESCO to promote the importance and joy of reading.
By championing books and copyright, UNESCO stands up for creativity, diversity and equal access to knowledge. Each year, UNESCO also sponsors a celebration event at its headquarters office in Paris. This year UNESCO is hosting an exhibition “Les Livres à deux places,” a collection of 16 sculptures of book-benches. Learn more about World Book and Copyright Day here.
In conjunction with World Book and Copyright Day, UNESCO also names a World Book Capital. Sharjah, UAE, is the 2019-2020 World Book Capital, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has been selected for 2020-2021. Sharjah begins its year of celebrations on April 23. UNESCO welcomes applications for 2021-2022. The deadline for submitting applications is May 2, 2019.