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Wednesday, January 14, 2004

JK Rowling headlines second World Book Day Online Festival

JK Rowling will be participating in online chats during the World Book Day Online Festival 2004 on March 4, 2004. Videos and transcripts of the web chats will be archived at the festival website. Although this particular site is targeted mainly in Britain and Ireland, last year the site received hits from over 60 different countries.

Internationally, World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated on April 23rd, a date chosen by UNESCO because it is the birthday of Shakespeare and the day in Catalonia tradition when roses were given with every book sold as a celebration of Saint George's Day.

I'm not sure why the decision was made to celebrate the day on another date in Britain and Ireland. But, that just means, with the power of the Internet, you can celebrate twice. :)

For ideas on celebrating the day, check out UNESCO's suggestions.

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