Canada Book Day 2000

The Writer's Trust of Canada celebrates books, "Coast to Coast" and "Cover to Cover."
In 1995, UNESCO--the United Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization--designated April 23 as World Book Day; a symbolic date for world literature when prominent authors including Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Maurice Druon, K. Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejia Vallejo were either born or died.

UNESCO declared the day to acknowledge that "historically books have been the most powerful factor in the dissemination of knowledge and the most effective means of preserving it. Promoting books develops a fuller collective awareness of cultural traditions throughout the world and inspires behaviour based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue."

"Books play an irreplaceable role. A means of knowledge, they deepen understanding and develop curiosity. A means of communication, they both bring language to life and perpetuate mastery of it. A means of reflection, they provoke a deepening, a questioning, a casting into doubt of certainties, and the exercise of intellectual and spiritual freedom. A means of pleasure, they provide escape, flights of imagination, relaxation. In every sense, time spent reading is time well spent."

Objectives of Canada Book Day:

To celebrate the important role of literature in Canada's past, present and future;
To nurture a love of reading in Canada's youth, thereby solidifying the next generation of readers;
To celebrate the international success of Canadian literature and honour Canada's literary heroes;
To promote Canadian books and the people who write them, and to encourage Canadians from all walks of life to buy Canadian books.


Canada Book Day is a project of The Writers' Trust of Canada. In 1976, The Writers' Trust was founded by Margaret Atwood, Pierre Berton, Graeme Gibson and Margaret Laurence to advance and nurture Canadian writers and writing.

For more than two decades, The Writers' Trust of Canada has been dedicated to advancing and nurturing Canadian writers and Canadian literature. A truly national non-profit organization, both in perspective and in action, the programs, awards and events presented by The Writers' Trust are conceived and supported by its constituents - writers, educators and those who share a passion for our national literature.

The objectives of The Writers' Trust:

To provide financial aid for Canadian writers in crisis
To engage in educational programs for Canadian schools
To increase recognition of the contribution writers make to the cultural richness of Canada
To recognize and reward excellence in the craft of writing and the creation of literature

For more info visit the Canada Book Day website.