World Book and Copyright Day 

The purpose of this day is to promote the pleasures of reading and books, to highlight the significance of books, to encourage greater access to books and to defend copyright.

This year’s theme is Reading our World. On April 23, 2024, the city of Strasbourg will hold the official title of “World Book Capital” for one year. No fewer than 250 events are scheduled to take place here, including meetings, conferences, symposia, study days, workshops and competitions involving all players in the book chain. 

This day is an invitation to reflect on the protection of copyright and the current threats to the publishing world, and why not take the time to read alone or with children, to open up to others and travel through the magic of the imagination.

This day was chosen by UNESCO’s General Conference in 1995 to commemorate the death of writers William Shakespeare, Miguel Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as the births and deaths of other eminent writers including Maurice Druon, Halldór Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.

“Give every day a chance to become the happiest day of your life.” — Mark Twain

“Every reading is an act of resistance. A well-executed reading saves you from everything, including yourself.” — Daniel Pennac

“When I think of all the books I still have to read, I’m sure I’ll still be happy.” — Jules Renard