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The International Day of the Book

Come Celebrate The Book as Literature, The Book as Art, The Book as Music Sunday, April 22nd, 12-5 at Howard Avenue, Old Town Kensington, MD. Celebrate the Book. Street Festival. Under Tents Rain or Shine. This year's festival is dedicated to Richard Martin 1948-2006.

The International Day of the Book
Kensington, MD, April 20, 2007 --( Welcome to Old Town Kensington, MD and the Celebration of the International Day of the Book. April 23 is a symbolic day in world literature. Declared as International Day of the Book by UNESCO in 1995, this celebration of books and literature draws it's inspiration from a Catalan tradition, the Festival of the Rose.

Legend has it that Saint George, Patron Saint of Catalonia and international knight-errant, slew a dragon about to devour a beautiful Catalan princess. From the dragon's blood sprouted a rosebush, from which the hero plucked the prettiest rose for the princess. Hence the traditional Rose Festival celebrated in Barcelona since the Middle Ages to honor chivalry and love. In 1923, this lover's ‘festa’ became even more poetic when it merged with ‘el dia del llibre,’ or The Day of the Book, to mark the nearly simultaneous deaths of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, the two giants of literary history, on April 23, 1616.

On this day in Barcelona, bookstalls and street festivities run the length of the picturesque La Rambla, the old city's main boulevard and, according to the Spanish author Garcia Lorca, “the only street in the world which I wish would never end.”

The Town of Kensington, Kensington Literary Group, and the Pauli Bellet Foundation Catalan Library, invite you to celebrate this wonderful day on Howard Ave, our La Rambla.

Over 100 authors will attend this book fair including John Gaudet, author of "The Iron Snake."

Visit for information, map and activities program.

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