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Colloborative literary organisation established in New Zealand

A new literary organisation called the Coalition for Books has launched in New Zealand.

Established with seed funding from Creative New Zealand, the Coalition for Books will be a collaborative venture between the Auckland Writers Festival, the Booksellers Association, the Society of Authors, the Publishers Association, Tautai Pacific Arts Trust, the New Zealand Book Awards Trust, the Michael King Writers Centre and the Academy of New Zealand Literature. The entity will sit ‘beneath the umbrella’ of the Auckland Writers Festival.

The organisation’s mandate is ‘to complement the work of existing organisations, identify gaps in activities and develop initiatives that serve authors, publishers, booksellers and festivals’. It plans to ‘enhance the visibility, sales and overall opportunities for New Zealand books and their writers’ through ‘strategic activity and by mobilising the literary sector’.

Interim chair Melanie Laville-Moore says, ‘A year in the making, the Coalition for Books feels like a watershed moment. It’s the very first time that so many representatives from across the literary sector have come to the same table to initiate important change. The potential to enable greater success for all of our organisations is huge.’

The inaugural meeting of the Coalition for Books will be held later this month during the Booksellers Association Conference in Auckland. A new incorporated society will be established immediately afterwards.


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