Today, the Unesco celebrates the World Book and Copyright Day, more information on their website. The autonomous region of Catalonia celebrates its patron saint George with a spring festival of books and roses. More information by the Catalan government here, an older blog article here, and more information on Catalan traditions by the Wikipedia here.
If you would like to get a visual impression of Barcelona during Sant Jordi, go to the La Vanguardia special and watch the video on the upper right hand side.
Also today, in memory of the day of his death, the Miguel de Cervantes Prize is awarded by the Spanish king (this year done by the crown prince due to the limited mobility of the king…). This year’s prize winner is the writer and poet José Manuel Caballero Bonald (Caballeros, 1926).
Update after Sant Jordi 2013:
this year’s best-selling books were Victus, a historical novel on the defeat of Barcelona in 1714, written by Albert Sánchez Piñol, and Brúixoles que busquen somriures perduts [Compasses looking out for lost smiles] by Albert Espinosa, considered not a literate but a “mediatic” writer of best-selling books, and author of the popular TV series Polseres vermelles (Red Band Society in its US version).