In 1995 UNESCO designated April 23 as World Book Day, celebrating books and reading worldwide. Why April 23? On that day in 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (he wrote about the Spanish conquest and Inca civilization) all died. Other prominent authors like Nabokov and Laxness were born on April 23.
Literature brings understanding. It unites cultures. Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new. Everyday is also an opportunity to help someone. I’ll buy a book in Spanish for my daughter to distribute to the impoverished kids she works with in Paraguay through her NGO, Zero Violencia. And I’ll donate to First Book, which provides books to underprivileged kids here in the United States. Literature has been such a gift to me. I’m committed to paying it forward. And of course, I’ll be reading.
Here’s the link to First Book: https://www.firstbook.org/
Here’s the link to Zero Violencia: http://www.zeroviolencia.org/