At a meeting at ALIA House on the day after the launch of Australian Reading Hour 2019 at Parliament House, Books Create Australia announced the launch of the new Books Create Australia website and unveiled two industry agreements which will benefit many across the nation. The first is the Jolly Postman agreement, named after the 1986 […]
Front cover of Dark Emu
Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe has been selected as the first book to be read at Parliament House by politicians for the inaugural Parliamentary Book Club.   During a nation-wide call out for nominations, Pascoe’s award-winning non-fiction book was a clear favourite on social media; which involved a two week campaign with a reach of […]
Australians are being invited to nominate a book they believe Parliamentarians should read as part of a new book club for the nation’s leaders at Parliament House. Nominations are being accepted by your local federal members’ offices or Senate representative. Books nominated must be written by Australian authors and published in the country within the […]
It’s perhaps one of those paradoxical quirks of humankind like avoiding eating our greens and exercising: we are increasingly learning the benefits of reading, yet signs show there’s a reduction in the pastime. With competition over entertainment options, and less time in busy schedules, what’s really at the heart of not maintaining a reading practice […]
Minister Reynolds CSC, in having been elevated to the Cabinet position of Minister for Defence, has resigned from her role as Co-Chair of  Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers (PFABW). The APA is truly grateful for her time in supporting the Australian book industry within Parliament, alongside continuing co-chair Graham Perrett MP. Filling Senator Reynolds’ place is NSW […]
Relating to the Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative. The 22 per cent** of the Australian population with a print disability will be closer to accessing more books sooner as a result of new guides and the AIPI online knowledge hub launched last week. The Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative (AIPI) – a world-leading group comprised of disability institutions, book industry organisations, […]
The Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers heard last Tuesday 12 February a personal and passionate speech from HarperCollins author and journalist Trent Dalton about the power of books and the difference reading had made to his own life. Thirty Parliamentarians and their staff listened to how for Dalton and his brothers, books and […]