Writers Tricks of the Trade ISSUE 1, VOLUME 9 - Page 27

D OES Y OUR C OUNTRY O R C ITY C ELEBRATE W ORLD B OOK D AY ? Most of us have grown up with books of some form in our homes, our schools, and our offices. Some of us even bring them to bed with us. In books, we often see ourselves as we experience the world through the eyes of the characters. Books have a great influence on our individual identity and empathy. I t is safe to say that most human beings are storytellers who document who we are, where we have been, and where we are going in words and pictures. Those words and pictures give us stories of civili- zations that existed before us. Some cul- tures have threatened our books, sought to destroy or burn them, but we fight to de- fend them. And so we come to the celebration of books through World Book Day. Many of us have never heard of it, so let’s look into how it came to be and where it is celebrat- ed the most. Regardless of the kind of books you like the most, the truth is simple—the world would not be the same without books. W RITERS ’ T RICKS OF THE T RADE Books have educated and inspired us for thousands of years, and therefore World Book Day is a well deser-ved holiday. T HE H ISTORY OF W ORLD B OOK D AY In today’s world, it is easy to produce a book with glossy covers and creamy pages even if you self publish. But thousands of years ago, clay tablets were used. Later, the move was made to papyrus. The Chinese were the first to make something that re- sembled today’s books in the 3rd century in that their books consisted of numerous thick, bamboo pages sewn together. Fast forward to the mid-15th century, when Johannes Gutenburg’s printing press brought books into the industrial age. Now P AGE 22 S PRING 2019