It is no more news that a date has been set aside to recognise a particular intellectual and academic work.

The World Book Day, also known as World Book and Copyright Day, or International Day of the Book, is an annual event organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing, and copyright.

World Book Day was first celebrated on 23 April 1995, and continues to be recognized on that day. A related event in the United Kingdom and Ireland is observed in March.

The idea of setting aside a special date to recognise academic work is not a mistake, especially in the countries and regions where people do not like reading and doing much of academic work. It is specifically marked to encourage reading and academic work, and recognizing the academic works of people in the academic field; also reminding people that their intellectual works need to be protected.

The original idea was of the Valencian writer Vicente Clavel Andrés as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes, first on 7 October, his birth date, then on 23 April, his death date.

In 1995 UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on 23 April, as the date is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as that of the birth or death of several other prominent authors.

(In a historical coincidence, Shakespeare and Cervantes died on the same date — 23 April 1616 — but not on the same day, as at the time, Spain used the Gregorian calendar and England used the Julian calendar; Shakespeare actually died 10 days after Cervantes died, on 3 May of the Gregorian calendar.)

To mark the date in practical terms, events were held all over the world, and one of them is an event commemorating the 24th World Book and Copyright Day was held in the National Library of China (NLC) Tuesday.

The event was jointly held by the NLC, the Library Society of China (LSC) and Xuexi.cn, a news reading platform, as well as the national library circle, according to an NLC statement.

Held at the art center of the NLC, 10 winners of the 14th Wenjin Book Award were announced, including five social science books, three for science popularization, and two children’s books.

Together with representatives from national public libraries, Rao Quan, curator of the NLC and president of the LSC, called on libraries to facilitate civil reading and advance the building of a learning society.

As of April 19, a total of 3,039 libraries of all kinds at various levels and some reading promotion institutions have joined the movement, the statement said.

Set by the NLC in 2004 and joined by the national library circle, Wenjin Book Award aims to recommend books to readers and foster a reading atmosphere in society.

Source:Wikipedia, BEIJING, April 23 Xinhua