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 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).
The exhibition also features a stand-alone slide presentation with information about this international celebration and about Abril de Cervantes, a month-long cultural festival dedicated to Miguel de Cervantes in his hometown, Alcalá de Henares. The festival highlight is the presentation of the Cervantes Prize for Literature, considered the top honor for Spanish-language writers. Spanish novelist, essayist, and playwright, Eduardo Mendoza (1943—) is the most recent recipient of the Cervantes Prize.
In addition to the display in the Wells Library lobby, the Libraries will have a mobile library at the School of Global and International Studies building for the actual observance of World Book Day on Monday, April 24th. Students, faculty, and any other library users will have the opportunity to check out books from a broad selection of national and international authors at this mobile library stand.
Submitted by Luis A. González
Librarian for Latin American Studies