World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2013
Starting from 1996 UNESCO has been celebrating World Book and Copyright Day, whose aim it is to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright.
In her message on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2012, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, says: “This day provides an opportunity to reflect together on ways to better disseminate the culture of the written word and to allow all individuals, men, women and children to access it, through literacy programmes and support for careers in publishing, book shops, libraries and schools. Books are our allies in spreading education, science, culture and information worldwide”.
Also within the framework of the World Book Day celebrations took place the final ceremony of the annual contest "Best Books of a Year", which is conducted by the Publishers Association of Russia (PAR) and enjoys high authority among publishers. Its main purpose is to promote, preserve and develop national culture of book-publishing, and to support innovating creative search of publishing teams. This year the award ceremony and the traditional contest "The Best Books of the Year" on 18 nominations held in St. Petersburg. The competition traditionally gathers the best new books publishers from all over Russia and the Russian foreign publishers.
In 2013 the Contest "Best Books of a Year" is conducted for the 22 time. Within the framework of the contest, alongside with PAR nominations, the prizes are also awarded by the Union of Journalists of Russia, the Russian Book Union, the Russian Trade Union of Workers in the Field of Culture etc. The UNESCO Moscow Office traditionally awards its diploma to “The Best Contributory Edition in the Framework of Dialogue of Cultures”. This year the prize went to the Publishing House «Pervaya Publikaciya» with its book “Days in Romanovka”.
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