World Book Day, also known as International Day of the Book and World Book and Copyright Day, is celebrated annually on April 23. In 1995, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) created World Book Day to encourage “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.”
April 23 is a particularly significant date in literature. Authors of note have either been born or have died on this date. In fact, in 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died on this date.
To learn more, visit the United Nations page about World Book Day at www.un.org/en/events/bookday. You can also read more about World Book Day at www.WorldBookDay.com.