Books Alive 2009

I mentioned yesterday that I’d have some good news to announce today. I’ve known about it for months, but couldn’t say anything until the official announcement – which is today.

Books Alive 2009 – an annual Australian Government promotion to encourage reading and book-buying – has launched today, and I am over-the-moon to announce (finally!) that my new book, Dark Country, is one of the ’50 Books You Can’t Put Down’ profiled in the Books Alive Guide. The Guide is distributed free in bookshops and in some major newspapers this month, and there’s a specially commissioned book of short stories that is given away for each purchase of one of the books in the Guide. The Books Alive promotion also involves a series of TV adverts encouraging reading, so, all in all, it’s wonderful to be included.

So, to celebrate both the official release of Dark Country on September 1, and it’s inclusion in ‘Books Alive 2009’, I think a giveaway is definitely in order! But, I’ll do it in a separate post – so see my next post for details to go into the draw to win one of two signed copies of Dark Country.

6 thoughts on “Books Alive 2009

  1. Excellent news! I hadn’t read this post when I looked through The Guide, and in the back of my mind I wondered if you’d be in it. I’m glad there’s at least ONE romance in the list. (Seriously, would it kill them to include a few more?) Are you doing any author events as part of Books Alive?

  2. Thanks, Kat, Eleni and Nicola! Yes, it is fabulous 🙂

    Kat, I’m not familiar (yet) with all the books in the Guide, but the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is definitely romantic, and Maggie Alderson’s How to Break Your Own Heart was a fellow finalist in the romantic elements category in the R*BY awards this month. So there’s some good reading in there 🙂 I’m not doing any author events at this stage, although there are a couple of radio interviews lined up for next week.

  3. No surprise.Wonderfull!Marvelous! Congratulations 2 you ! i’ll drink 2 that 2nite.Cheers Bron.well done, and thankyou.All the Best, Belinda Scanlon

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