Monday, April 23, 2012

It's a Big Day For Books, Love, and the Love of Books

Every year on April 23rd, Barcelona erupts in a celebration of chivalry and romance. It all began in the Middle Ages with an annual Festival of Roses on St. George's Day to honor the Patron Saint of Catalonia. A brave Roman soldier, he allegedly slew a dragon about to devour a beautiful young princess. According to legend, a rosebush then sprouted from the blood of the slain dragon and the soldier plucked its most perfect blossoms to give to the princess as a remembrance. In 1923, the traditional Rose Festival merged with UNESCO’s World Book Day, established to celebrate the lives of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, both of whom died on April 23rd in 1616. Now, bookstalls and flower stands sprout up along the Rambla, a two-mile stretch connecting the city with the Mediterranean Sea. Thousands of Barcelonans crowd the streets to enjoy a festive atmosphere of readings, music, literature, and dance.

The Tattered Cover is delighted to honor this springtime celebration of culture, beauty, intelligence, and love. We call it Book & Lover's Day. Complimentary roses and bookmarks will be available on April 23 with the purchase of a book; while supplies last. As always, we’ll be happy to turn your purchases into lovely wrapped gifts at no extra charge.

 Also, tonight is World Book Night, when you will find people giving away books in 5600 cities in America, as well as in the UK , Ireland and Germany.  The goal is to give away one million books to one million people in each country that night.  You can read more about it HERE or HERE.  Tattered Cover staff and patrons who signed up will be on the streets in the Denver.  We do have a few extra boxes of books, so if you want to help, call the Tattered Cover of your choice and find out how to get involved.

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