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Australian Reading Hour launched in Canberra

The inaugural Australian Reading Hour campaign, which promotes the idea of ‘picking up a book and reading for an hour’, was launched at an event with Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham and author Mem Fox in Canberra on 14 September.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, more than 330 libraries and bookshops have registered to participate in Australian Reading Hour activities, with over 100 Australian authors taking part in events in their local communities.

The campaign is being promoted on social media with the hashtag ‘brbReading’, and on dedicated Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The Australian Reading Hour campaign has the support of 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, and is an extension of ALIA’s Reading Hour event, which ran annually from 2012 to 2016



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