Bucharest will mark World Book Day, April 23, with the “Long Night of Books”, an original event in the Bucharest Historic Downtown, Hotnews.ro reports. Bucharesters will be welcomed by thousands of books on book stalls along the Lipscani Street from the Smardan St junction and up to Victoria Road. Passerby will be invited to pick one or several of the 3,000 books to be donated by the Litera Publishing House, one of the event organizers. The Long Night of Books” will start at 6.00 pm and stretch late into night. April 23 is also a symbolic date to universal literature, as it marks the date both Cervantes and Shakespeare died in 1616. Famous writers including Maurice Druon, Vladimir Nabokov and Josep Pla were also born or died on his date, albeit in different years. This led to the 1995 UNESCO General Congress to declare April 23 as World Book Day, to bring a tribute to all writers, and, also, to embolden all readers, mostly the young ones, to (re)discover the pleasure of reading . The event will be opened by District 3 Mayor Robert Negoita.