“World Book and Copyright Day” is a celebration to promote the enjoyment of books and reading.
Each year, on 23 April, celebrations take place all over the world to recognize the magical power of books – a link between the past and the future, a bridge between generations and across cultures.
In Albania, this day has found the art of literature facing somewhat of a societal crisis.
The chief of the Department of Literature at the Faculty of History and Philosophy, Lili Sula, says that the rate at which the youth are turning their backs on reading is an alarming problem.
Lili Sula adds there is no government financial support to promote activities for increasing youth interest in books.
In the activity developed under the framework of the World Book Day, pedagogue Dhurata Shehri focused on the quality of literature nowadays, expressing that more recent publications often leave much to be desired.
Minister of Culture, Elva Margariti, has been in this post for four months now, but has not taken any initiative to increase the focus on books. Despite this, she did not hesitate to make promises.
The fair was held at the Faculty of History and Philosophy, where about 30 publishing houses offered low cost books for students.