Thursday, March 05, 2009

World Book Day

I was intrigued to notice in today's paper a little notice about World Book Day. A book seems a great reason to celebrate, so I went to the web site:

According to their site
World Book Day is on Thursday 5th March 2009. (in the United Kingdom)
World Book Day Ltd is a registered charity whose financing of World Book Day comes mainly from contributing publishers, the generous sponsorship of National Book Tokens Ltd, some literacy partnerships and other supporters, as well as the participating booksellers who fund the entire cost of Book Token redemption.

In other countries World Book Day takes place at a different time of year – usually in April. For international information on World Book Day, please visit: A quick look at the UNESCO site indicates that since 1995 World Book Day has been on April 23rd to commemorate something book-wise that took place in 1616.

Any day is a good day to celebrate books and book-people: the readers, writers, editors, publishers, sellers, librarians; the child with his or her nose in a book, and the gap in the lives of all those children and adults for whom there are no books.

So here is my own, unofficial way to celebrate World Book Day today, tomorrow, April 23rd and whenever it takes your fancy.

1. Read a book. Pick up that book languishing by the chair in front of the TV and finish it.
2. Talk to someone about a book you have read or are reading.
  • Here are mine: Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg is brilliant.
  • My daughter's novel in draft, Independence, is a tour de force of an entirely different genre. Short stories by my friends in my writing group reflecting their different styles, tastes and interests from a spooky story about an encounter in a broch to a translation of a Japanese origin myth.
  • And I am starting a history of the isles by Norman Davis--I expect I'll be at that one for a while!
3. Give a book to someone.
4. Visit your nearest independent bookstore and buy a book by someone you have not heard about on the talk show circuit.
5. Take a hard working writer to lunch or buy them some more printer paper.
6. Write a book review for your local newspaper or the newsletter or web site for an organization you belong to.
7. Give your local librarians a bunch of flowers and tell them that you are glad they are there.
8. Become a Friend of some book-related charity.
9. Next time someone invokes the Founding Fathers in conversation, be sure to include among their achievements the concept and implementation of Free Libraries.

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At 1:41 AM, Blogger Hayden said...

I read Smilla some years ago and still think about it! What a magical story!

At 2:20 AM, Anonymous ampiggy said...

My husband and I saw the movie, which I loved. One reason was the vast expanses of ice that reminded me of deserts.

At 8:36 AM, Blogger landgirl said...

I had heard there was a movie made from it--do you recall the name? I'd like to put in on my movie list.

At 8:48 PM, Anonymous ampiggy said...

Smilla's Sense of Snow


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