State Shortlists released for National Year of Reading

Be in at the start of Australia’s biggest book group for the National Year of Reading 2012

Australia’s National Year of Reading 2012 starts here, with the opportunity for you to vote for the book that you think should represent your state or territory as one of the eight on our national recommended reading list for 2012. You can help decide the eight books that are the National Year of Reading 2012 collection.

Margaret Allen, chair of the National Year of Reading founders and State Librarian of WA, explains, “For 2012, we’re creating a collection of books which, read together, describe the Australian experience. We all know how very different it is if you’re living in the city or in a remote community; in the Northern Territory or New South Wales. We’re hoping 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 campaign on 14 February, 2012, at the National Library of Australia in Canberra. After that, existing book groups, new groups and individual readers can 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. The shortlist is available on the National Year of Reading website Voting commences 1 November 2011, online at and in participating libraries and book shops. The closing date is 6 January 2012.

Shortlist for the ACT

Shortlist for New South Wales

Shortlist for the Northern Territory

Shortlist for Queensland

Shortlist for South Australia

Shortlist for Tasmania

Shortlist for Victoria

Shortlist for Western Australia

Famous names behind the National Year of Reading

Australia’s National Year of Reading officially kicks off on 14 February 2012 with a launch at the National Library of Australia (Canberra), hosted by the First Tuesday Book Club’s Jennifer Byrne, much loved actor and author William McInnes, patron of the campaign, and award-winning children’s author Boori Monty Pryor.

The campaign has been initiated by Australian public libraries, state and territory libraries and library associations. It is supported by school libraries and the National Library of Australia. TAFE, University, government and other special libraries are also behind the campaign.

All kinds of household names will be active in the National Year of Reading campaign – notably the ABC, Dymocks, Madman Entertainment, Scholastic and The Walt Disney Company – and in addition to Jennifer Byrne, William McInnes and Monty Boori Pryor, ambassadors will include Anita Heiss, Bryce Courtenay, Andy Griffiths, Morris Gleitzman, Susanne Gervay, Anh Do, Ted Egan, Robyn Archer, Anna Goldsworthy, Steve Parish and the Melbourne Football Club.

More than 200 writers, publishers and organisations involved in reading and literacy are partners with the National Year of Reading – organisations such as the Centenary of Canberra, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, the Pyjama Foundation, Speech Pathology Australia, Student Edge, Vision Australia, Writing Australia.

Funding has come from the Australian Government, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Copyright Agency Ltd, the Sidney Myer Fund and Australian libraries.

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Clayton Wehner

Clayton is the founder and managing director of Boomerang Books. In a past life, Clayton worked for 12 years as an intelligence officer in the Australian Army and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College Duntroon and holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science and a Master of Management Studies (Human Resource Management) from the UNSW. He is also a trained Indonesian linguist and served with the United Nations in East Timor as an interpreter/translator.

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