Books Create Australia, the collaboration between the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA), the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Australian Publishers Association (APA) and the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced a special arrangement for library storytimes during the COVID-19 outbreak. For the duration of the pandemic, virtual storytimes will be sanctioned by an […]
At the first book club MPs and Senators read Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe. What would you like them to read next? It’s easy as 1, 2, 3! Find your MPs by postcode here Email them directly or tag them (or @bookscreateaus) on socials. Let them know your recommendation for a reading nation. The successful […]
Bruce Pascoe and Anna Moulton from Magabala with Grahame and Hollie, holding the Dark Emu book
Making history, MPs and Senators discussed Bruce Pascoe’s book, Dark Emu at the first Australian Parliamentary Book Club last night. During a nation-wide call out for nominations, Pascoe’s award-winning non-fiction book was a clear favourite. Bruce Pascoe and Anna Moulton, CEO of Dark Emu publisher Magabala Books, attended the evening and had a conversation with […]
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 […]