Books are a garden for the mind

2015

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library,” said Jorge Luis Borges. As a portal to knowledge, dreams, adventure and escape, the book is a marvelous tool—a way to discover and understand the world around us. But like a garden which we hope to cultivate and harvest, books and reading must be cared for, maintained and stimulated.

That is why a robust new plan to promote book culture, the Plan d’action sur le livre, was announced in April by the Ministry of Culture and Communications. Several measures will be put in place to promote access to books, with support to the independent bookstores and libraries that are working tirelessly to promote books and reading.

Writers, publishers and booksellers make our literature an extraordinary garden, and their work should be encouraged. “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

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