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More than 330 libraries, bookshops register for Australian Reading Hour

More than 330 libraries and bookshops have registered to participate in Australian Reading Hour on 14 September 2017, with over 100 Australian authors to take part in events in their local communities.

The new cross-industry campaign, which promotes the idea of ‘picking up a book and reading for an hour’, is supported by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Australian Society of Authors (ASA), the Australian Publishers Association (APA), Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) and the Copyright Agency.

The Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham will officially launch Australian Reading Hour with Mem Fox at the Franklin Early Childhood School in Canberra on 13 September.

The campaign will also be celebrated at the launch of the new Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers at Parliament House on 12 September.

Among the campaign’s promotions is a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ Australian Reading Hour film featuring authors, booksellers, celebrities and politicians. Dedicated social media channels have been set up at and

‘As an industry, we are about to make some noise about the benefits of reading,’ said Australian Reading Hour cross-industry committee chair Louise Sherwin-Stark. ‘We’ve received fantastic support from authors, libraries, booksellers and politicians, and we’d love everyone in the industry to take part, read for an hour on Thursday, 14 September and join the conversation on social on #brbReading.’

For more information on Australian Reading Hour and to register a book-industry organisation, visit the website here.



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