Australian crime author Michael Robotham has been announced as the ambassador for the 2008 Books Alive campaign.
Robotham, whose first novel The Suspect sold more than 1 million copies, has written the short novel Bombproof, which will be this year’s giveaway book—being presented free to those who purchase any of the 50 Books Alive recommended reads as part of the Books Alive promotion.
This year’s Indigenous Literacy Day campaign will be officially launched by patron Therese Rein at an event in Sydney today.
The 2008 Indigenous Literacy Day, run by the Indigenous Literacy Project (ILP) in conjunction with the Fred Hollows Foundation, will take place on Wednesday 3 September. It follows on from the success of last year’s inaugural Indigenous Literacy Day, which raised almost $250,000 to assist literacy projects in remote Indigenous communities. These funds were raised by publishers and booksellers donating a percentage of their earnings on the day, as well as through additional donations.