Today marks the anniversary of the birth or death of a range of well-known writers, including Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Maurice Druon, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Haldor Kiljan Laxness, Manuel Mejía Vallejo, Vladimir Nabokov, JosepPla and William Shakespeare. For this reason, Unesco’s General Conference chose this date to pay tribute to books, the authors who wrote them, and the copyright laws that protect them.
According to the website of the day, World Book and Copyright Day is an occasion to pay a worldwide tribute to books and authors and to encourage people to discover the pleasure of reading.
“It is hoped that this will lead to the renewed respect for those who have made irreplaceable contributions to social and cultural progress,” read the site in part.
Each year a poster is designed and distributed around the world. It features images designed to encourage people, particularly children, to read books and appreciate literature. There is also a logo for World Book and Copyright Day. It features a circle, representing the world, and two books, one of which is open.
In Malawi we also have a fair share of our own authors such as William Kamkwamba, The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, Archibald Makumbi, Maliro ndi Miyambo ya Achewa, Legson Kayira,
I will Try and many others.