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What is the Most Literary City on Earth?


By Edward Nawotka

Buenos Aires has been named World Book Capital for 2011 by UNESCO. UNESCO began the practice of naming World Book Capitals in 2001. Cities so honored include Madrid (Spain), followed by Alexandria (Egypt), New Delhi (India), Antwerp (Belgium), Montreal (Canada), Turin (Italy), Bogotá (Colombia), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Beirut (Lebanon), and Ljubljana (Slovenia). In 2012 the title goes to Yerevan (Armenia).

All the aforementioned cities have a strong literary tradition and commitment to books. But tell us, which city on Earth do you think is the most literate of all? One of those listed above? Or perhaps New York, London, Moscow…Hay-on-Wye?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

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  1. Posted April 28, 2011 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Since this is the global age with the digital revolution in full swing, I would vote for Hay-on-Wye or maybe San Giovanni-on-Arno…

  2. Ivan
    Posted April 28, 2011 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    I went to New York for 17 days, and it was a surprise for me to see a lot of people reading books while traveling in the subway. There were A LOT of readers! I had the feeling that the people reads to avoid contact with everyone else, but reads.
    Besides of my appreciation, the city itself is like an open book! (You could notice that I fell in love with NY)

  3. Posted April 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Newport Beach. WE read on the beach!

  4. Posted May 6, 2011 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    My guess is that it is probably outside of the US: probably would have guessed Madrid.

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