Get Reading!

The fifth annual Get Reading! campaign kicks off this week, hoping to get people reading one or more of 50 books throughout the month of September. Get Reading! is a month-long, nationwide campaign - formerly known as Books Alive - to encourage more Australians to discover or rediscover the pleasure of reading books. There’s a free reading guide (50 Books You Can’t Put Down), book giveaways, author events and Get Reading Rooms in choice city locations across the country. Research suggests 25% of participants claim they will buy more books (and 20% claim they will borrow more books) as a result of their participation in the federal government-funded campaign.

The list of 50 books that form a part of the campaign is designed to offer something for everyone, from prize-winning Australian authors (like Kim Scott’s That Deadman Dance and Gail Jones' Five Bells, also nominated for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards) to crime doyenne Lynda La Plante. There’s a memoir of Kasey Chambers, comedy by Fiona O'Loughlin, Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom and rescue, the new novel by Anita Shreve, who’s also appearing at the Wheeler Centre on 14 September.

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