The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) first established World Book and Copyright Day on April 23, 1995.
World Book Day is celebrated annually on April 23. This date is significant in international literature. On this date, several notable authors, including William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, passed away. This date was a natural choice for the 1995 General Conference of UNESCO, convened in Paris, to pay a worldwide tribute to books and authors and encourage everyone to read.
On Monday, the National and University Library “St. Clement of Ohrid” will celebrate World Book and Copyright Day with an event. The event will feature readings from the epic novel “Don Quixote” and an exhibition of books in memory of Justo Jorge Padrón, which will be inaugurated by his widow, Kleopatra Filipova de Jorge Padrón, who was born in Macedonia.
“The National and University Library “St. Clement of Ohrid” has observed World Book and Copyright Day since its inception and is the national coordinator for related activities. This year’s Macedonian message was written by Professor Ana Stojanoska, and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay’s message for World Book and Copyright Day 2023 will also be delivered at the event. “Join us in recognizing the value of books,” stated the National Library.
The event is sponsored by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the publishing houses Ars lamina and Ars – studio.