Friday, January 20, 2017

France Celebrates Books with First 'La Nuit de la Lecture'

Shelf Awareness

More than 250,000 people participated in last Saturday's inaugural La Nuit de la Lecture (Night of Reading), which featured nearly 1,500 events in libraries and bookshops across France, Le Figaro reported.

Prior to the festivities, the Connexion offered a preview, noting that "16,000 libraries the length and breadth of the country" had organized "readings, treasure hunts, workshops, lectures, and debates as well as meetings with authors and illustrators to mark the event."

Culture minister Audrey Azoulay said that La Nuit de la Lecture was intended to celebrate "the beauty and diversity of literature and its audience, with its workshops, its courses and its many activities." She added that it was also a poignant reminder of the importance of literature and culture, and had been symbolically scheduled close to the second anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attack

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