event: indigenous literacy day

Today is Indigenous Literacy Day. Hooray!

Like any good event, there are many ways to celebrate it. Perhaps you’d like to Get Caught Reading, where you can donate some money towards the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and their wonderful programs, and then upload a picture of yourself reading (perhaps something like crime novel The Boundary by Indigenous author Nicole Watson, which has been reviewed by the very lovely Anita Heiss over at her blog here?)

I’ve also noticed on the internets that some authors are offering to donate money for anyone who tweets a picture of themselves reading the author’s book *cough*Graeme Simsion*cough*, so keep your eye out for such things!

Or maybe you’d like to buy a book at my beloved Readings, where 5% of all today’s profits are going to the Foundation, or one of these other participating bookstores?

The difference in literacy rates between the Indigenous population and the non-Indigenous population are heartbreaking to see. We all know books are a powerful thing, so let’s hope that the Foundation, which has already raised $360,000 this year, can help to shrink the hell out of that gap. Go team!

A sunny day, a field of daises, and reading the new Ian Rankin to my daughter Rocket. Sure beats Dear Zoo for the seventieth time, huh?

A sunny day, a field of daises, and Getting Caught Reading the new Ian Rankin to the Rocket. Sure beats Dear Zoo for the seventieth time, huh?