Wednesday, April 23, 2008

April 23rd: Celebrate World Book and Copyright Day...

My IT professional brother emailed me this morning to tell me that today is World Book and Copyright Day according to UNESCO, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization. (Maybe I should have brought cupcakes to work. Every celebration need cupcakes.)

The UNESCO website says that on this date in 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. April 23rd is also the birthday or death date of other noted authors like Maurice Druon, K. Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.

The purpose of World Book and Copyright Day, says UNESCO, is "to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright." Sound good to this editor.

P.S. The theme of Bob Dylan's radio show today: birds--all songs about birds.

P.P.S. My brother just emailed me again to say that it's also National Jelly Bean Day and National Cherry Cheesecake Day. (When is National Cupcake Day?) Apparently my brother is not very busy at work.


Debbie Diesen said...

Apparently, National Cupcake Day isn't until December 15; but if you favor chocolate cupcakes, they get their day October 18.

If you send your brother a copy of the annual Chase's Calendar of Events, he'll never work again.

Debbie (who was somewhat surprised to discover while googling that there's a blog entirely devoted to cupcake appreciation)

Lisa M Griffin said...

Fun blog, thanks for sharing... especially the info on National Cupcake Day. =)

annie valentine said...

The purple cover makes your book very easy to find amid the pile of magazines, markers and diapers. Thanks.