‘Get Reading!’ Goes All Australian For The First Time!
Australian Arts Minister Simon Crean has announced that this year’s ‘Get Reading! 50 Books You Can’t Put Down Guide’ will go ‘All Australian’ for the first time, as part of the Government’s initiatives to support Australian authors, publishers and booksellers.
“I’m pleased to announce that for the first time in the program’s history, the 2012 guide will feature all-Australian content,” Mr Crean said. The Australian Government has invested in the Get Reading! program, developed by the Australia Council for the Arts, to provide valuable support to Australian content creators.
Australia Council CEO Kathy Keele said Get Reading! had promoted more than 280 Australian authors and 433 Australian books since its launch in 2000.
“This year we’re taking it a step further by making the guide 100 per cent Australian,” Ms Keele said, “Not only will this introduce Australians to the wealth of local treasures, it will give a boost to our local authors, publishers and booksellers.”
As well as the Get Reading! September campaign, the program now also includes a year-round Australian author-touring program, which promotes Australian writers and their books through events held across the country, in both metropolitan and regional areas.
“The Get Reading! program fits perfectly within the 2012 Year of Reading,” said Sandra Yates, Get Reading! Chair. “Both programs are about fostering a reading culture in Australian families and engaging reluctant readers.”
If you’re an Australian does this list ever influence your reading? I often find Australian books can be quite dreary, although the YA section definitely produces the best books out of the Australian industry. If you’re not Australian do lists like these ever influence your reading decisions?
The All Australian Get Reading! 50 Books You Can’t Put Down Guide will be released on 1 September. You can check out last year’s list here.