World Book and Copyright Day 2017
Books, literature, and copyright are the main focus on April 23, 2017 in celebration of World Book and Copyright Day. The National Book Development Board (NBDB) will spearhead a Book Fiesta for book lovers and copyright advocates. The one-day event will offer a book market by Philippine publishers and activity/exhibit booths by different book clubs and writers’ groups. Surprises await as a special Visual Fest featuring works of Pinoy comic artists will coincide with the Book Fiesta.
World Book and Copyright Day, April 23, is a symbolic and significant date for world literature and publishing. On this day in 1616, Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes, and the chronicler Garcilaso de la Vega, died or were buried. In the Philippines, the month of April commemorates the birth and/or death anniversaries of literary pillars like Emilio Jacinto, Paciano Rizal, Nick Joaquin, Edith Tiempo, and Bienvenido Lumbera. April is also the birth month of classic Filipino poet Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar, and to honor him the NCCA declared April the National Literature Month.
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