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Industry bodies back Australian Reading Hour campaign

Five industry bodies are backing the Australian Reading Hour campaign, which will promote the idea of ‘picking up a book and reading for an hour’ on 14 September, and hopes to encourage people to ‘either rediscover their love of reading or introduce them to the joys of storytelling and learning’.

The campaign is an extension of the Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA) Reading Hour event, which ran annually from 2012 to 2016. It has the support of ALIA, the Australian Society of Authors (ASA), the Australian Publishers Association (APA), Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) and the Copyright Agency.

ABA CEO Joel Becker said the organisation and its members are ‘delighted to be a part of this collaborative program connecting bookshops, libraries, authors and publishers with readers’. ‘Whether it is in bookshops, libraries or other community spaces, we look forward to experiencing the joy of engaging with readers reading books by our wonderfully diverse range of Australian writers,’ Becker said.

ASA CEO Juliet Rogers said the ASA is ‘very excited about this new cross-industry promotion, which celebrates Australian authors and their work’. ‘Australian stories reflect our world: our humour, our values, our attitudes…and we are delighted to introduce more readers to the wonderful work of our very own writers,’ said Rogers.

The Australian Reading Hour is also searching for an adult book author and children’s book author ambassadors to be the public faces of the campaign.



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