Make time for reading on World Book Day

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Writers, editors, illustrators, literary critics and booksellers turn into a “living” library on Thursday, on the occasion of the World Book Day, at 17.00, at the Metropolitan Library of Bucharest (BMB). Thus, BMB chose to organize the “Living Library” where the “Living Books” are professionals activating in the book industry.

On the World Book Day, the interested persons will be able to “read” the writers, poets, publishers, literary critics, playwrights, books PR-ists, booksellers and illustrators.

The method is related to non-formal education and the “Living Library” works just like a real library, but instead of books, people who are telling their stories are borrowed. In short, the “Living Books”, in this case writers, editors, illustrators, literary critics, booksellers, are being “borrowed” for 30-minute sessions by the participants at the event.

Moreover, also on the occasion of the World Book Day, the third edition of the Open Book Night campaign will be carried out, simultaneously in Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca, with the book lovers being invited to form chains around symbol-buildings in the two cities.

According to a press release issued by Litera Publishing House and quoted by Agerpres, each participant will hold a book. Thus, starting at 18.30, over 12,000 books expect book lovers at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest and at the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca.

The first two editions of the Open Book Night offered the participants an impressive show of the thousands of open books, which covered large spaces of downtown Bucharest, waiting for their readers. Approximately 20,000 inhabitants of Bucharest participated in these shows, having received a Litera book as a gift and celebrating the World Book Day.

The event is organized by Litera publishing house and Ring newspaper, in partnership with Babes-Bolyai University and “Cartile pe fata” campaign.

Another event to take place on World Book Day is the “Reading Marathon”, an event to be held in Humanitas bookshops aiming to collect  500,000 books for the libraries in Moldova and to beat the record of 44 hours of uninterrupted reading.

Thus, people who will join the marathon will send a book over Prut if they go on Thursday at 12.00 to the nearest Humanitas bookstore and if they read an excerpt from a book they consider important.

World Book Day is initiated and celebrated by UNESCO since 1995 every year on April 23. On this day the birth and death of William Shakespeare are also celebrated.

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