An exhibition celebrating World Book and Copyright Day (April 23) is currently on display in the lobby of the Herman B Wells Library. This date marks the day when three of the world’s most celebrated literary figures—Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Spain), William Shakespeare (England), and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (Peru)—all died. Established by UNESCO in 1995, World Book and Copyright Day is an international commemoration that honors the literary and cultural heritage of these three influential writers. This celebration traces its origins to Catalonia (Spain), where it has become a tradition to give a rose and a book to a loved one on St. George’s Day (April 23).
This year, the observance has special significance because April 23, 2016 is also the 400th anniversary of the deaths of Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Vega. This special anniversary is being celebrated around the world through conferences, cultural festivals, and exhibitions, such as this one in the Wells Library.
The exhibition also features a stand-alone slide show presentation with information about this international celebration and about Abril de Cervantes, a month-long cultural festival dedicated to Miguel de Cervantes in his birth place, Alcalá de Henares. The festival highlight is the presentation of the Cervantes Prize for Literature, considered the top honor for Spanish-language writers. Mexican novelist, essayist, and poet, Fernando del Paso (1935—) is the most recent recipient of the Cervantes Prize.
Join us on Friday, April 22nd, in the Wells Library Learning Commons for a celebration of St. George’s Day and World Book and Copyright Day. We will have roses, books available for checkout, and coloring pages from the Lilly Library’s collections.