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Saturday, April 23, 2005

23 April-World Book and Copyright Day

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"The Librarian" by Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

23 April is a symbolic date for world literature, for on this date and in the same year of 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon, K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. It was a natural choice for UNESCO's General Conference to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging 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. The idea for this celebration originated in Catalonia where on 23 April, Saint George's Day, a rose is traditionally given as a gift for each book sold.

My favorite books are J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series and Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice, what’s your favorite book?

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Well i must say that reading for sure needs to be celebrated and definitely all young people need to be encouraged to read!
Personally, i don't have a favorite book because each time i read a new one that i like ,it becomes my new favorite!

I don’t have a favorite book, I have favorite authors : Amin maaloluf, Nagib Mahfouz, John Grisham…(the list is long!)

Quite Interesting... thanks Dina.

My favorites: Amin Maalouf's Rock of Tanios, Samarkand, Balthasar's Oddyssey. Ghassan Kanafani's Returning to Haifa. Isabel Allende's Daughter of Fortune.

Thanks Dina for the nice post...
ummm, My favorite authers are, JRR Tolken and Jane Austin.

I'm glad we have such a day, I personally regard reading a book as being one of the most elevating activities. I look at reading as being my only chance to learn about the stuff I care about. Since school hardly offers such freedom.
I like Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, and Frank Mccourt's Angela's Ashes.

Well I guess must say the Quran cause I am a Muslim but my favorite human-written book I guess is the whole collection of Khaleel Gubran books and the collection of Al-Manfaloutty works that's in Arabic but as for English I can't quite say cause I am still discovering great authers every while but I can say The Kid is a good novel as well as the Memoirs of a Gueisha.

Thanks everyone for your comments. It was nice to know what books you all like, this will give me ideas the next time I go book shopping :)

I was watching today the news on MBC and they mentioned that today was the World Book day. I learned a few interesting things that I would like to share with you.

Since today was the World Book day, bookstores in Egypt had special discounts on books to encourage people to buy. But hardly anybody bought anything. An analyst said that this was due to the fact that people nowadays are too busy with other activities and that books are too expensive to buy. But here’s what shocked me, apparently a country like France publishes around 45 000 books annually whereas the WHOLE Arab world publishes only 9000 books per year! Now this is bad…

yeah tell me about it, I guess the Arabs are more interested in installing sat. dishes and watching Superstar or mexican TV series than reading something useful.... What a waste.

Dina UCLA has an awesome festival celebrating this day during the weekend here. Its an amazing book festival. As for a favorite book, I dont know if I can choose one. I have many favorites, and you know what the best thing is, once i get done with school ill get to read all the books i want to read, and not the ones teachers assign :0)

Oooh I absolutely love J.K.Rowling. She's amazing! Sheer creative genius. I have a lot of books I love, but I'm going to say anything by Anne Rice at the moment. I love vampire fiction.

Dina. I feel flattered to discover that the World Book Day happened to be on my birthday, but at the same time a little disturbed to learn that all those great authors died on this day as well!
Interestingly, and coincidently, the first present I got for my birthday this year was a book, one that you had higly recommended to me but I hadn't had the time to buy it yet. "The Da Vinci code" by Dan Brown. I started reading it yesterday and I am glued to the book that I will not leave it. I'm already half way through! It seems it's already in my favorite books category along with Tolkien's "The fellowship of the Rings" and "The Hobbit".
Nice post!

P.S. thanks for the e-card!

Sinan-yes it is sad that we Arabs are interested in such silly programs rather than read a good book.

Linda-That festival sounds great, and i hope you get to read all the books you want once you finish school.

Roba- I agree, J.K Rowling is wonderful. I've heard a lot about Anne Rice, i plan to get one of her books to read one of these days

Firas-I'm glad that someone has finally listened to me and got the Davinci Code! I am glad you like it :) and you're welcome :)

A series of unfortunate events by lemony snicket and harry potter of course

Great picture. I'd love to get that hanging in my room.

i am late to coment, but i have to say that i'm interested in recent history, religions and islamic history, and some political researchs.
also i'm interested in short stories.
i'm fathful but i hate religious books.
but have no favorite authors

Thank you Amr for sharing. It looks like you're a serious reader.

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