2011 World Book Day in Taichung
Words by Taichung City Government Cultural Affairs Bureau
Translated by Angel Pu
Book Day originated with "St. George's Day" in Catalonia, Spain in the Middle Ages. According to legend, the patron saint St. George killed a dragon to save a princess. He then gave the princess a rose transformed from the dragon's blood, and she gave him a book in return. For this reason, April 23 has become a romantic Spanish occasion for showing affection and love to others through the exchange of books and roses. April 23 is also the anniversary of the death of Shakespeare and "Don Quixote" author Miguel de Cervantes. On Nov. 15, 1995, UNESCO decided to designate this day as "World Book and Copyright Day"-- a day that belongs to everyone around the world who loves books!
To celebrate Book Day and encourage reading, the Taichung City Government Cultural Affairs Bureau has planned several "2011 World Book Day in Taichung" activities for April 1 to 23. There will be forums, reading parties, a major celebration, and lecture courses. You can also join us on Facebook. In such ways, residents can experience the beautiful world of reading, accented by a variety of mediums and visions.
The following activities require advance registration: "Reading Books in Taichung City" Forum, "Books and Roses: Love on the Bus" reading party (stopping at libraries in several districts; open to singles only), and "Dancing With Books" lecture course.
A "World Book Day in Taichung" ceremony will take place on April 23 at Taichung Park (intersection of GongYuan Road and PingDeng Street) and all are welcome to participate.
For more information, please call (04) 2228-9111, ext. 25315 for the Taichung City Government Cultural Affairs Bureau.
Sponsor: Taichung City Reading Organization, (04) 2317-9777