18 October 2011

Our Story: One Country Reading

Next year is the National Year of Reading in Australia and it starts with the opportunity for you to vote for the book that you think should represent the ACT as one eight titles on a national recommended reading list for 2012.

For 2012, a collection of books is being created which, when read together, will describe the Australian experience. It is hoped that thousands of readers will take a journey around Australia through the pages of these eight books and come out of it with an even greater depth of understanding about what it means to be Australian.

The list of eight winning titles, and the start of Australia’s biggest book group for the National Year of Reading, will be announced at the launch of the National Year of Reading campaign on 14 February 2012. Book groups and individual readers will be able to go online and register as a member of Our Story, joining in the discussion about the books the nation has chosen.
The state and territory shortlists, chosen by independent panels of readers, have been announced, and the shortlist is available on the National Year of Reading website www.love2read.org.au.

Voting commences 1 November 2011 online at www.abc.net.au/yearofreading and in participating libraries and book shops. The closing date for votes is 6 January 2012.

Here are the shortlisted books for the ACT. Start reading them now!

John Clanchy, Vincenzo’s Garden, University of Queensland Press
Alan Gould, The Lake Woman, Australian Scholarly Publishing
Marion Halligan, The Fog Garden, Allen & Unwin
Jack Heath, The Hit List, Pan Macmillan Australia
Dorothy Johnston, The White Tower, Wakefield Press
Kel Robertson, Smoke and Mirrors, Pan Macmillan Australia

Find out more at www.love2read.org.au and stay tuned for more exciting National Year of Reading news