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The Global Association of Literary Festivals connects all of the world’s literature festivals in a spirit of cooperation, exchanging ideas and resources, forging partnerships and providing a forum for discussion on all topics that affect book festivals, writers’ festivals and international literature.

Literary News Roundup – Our highlights this Week-28 May 2020

Frankfurt Book Fair’s big announcement, a much-needed anti-racist reading list, good news for the book industry in New Zealand Aotearoa, New York’s essential workers write Haiku, some exciting news for fans of The Lord of the Rings, and more…

  • The National Book Festival will be shifting online and taking place from 25 to 27 September 2020. Details here
  • Frankfurt Book Fair 2020 just announced that it will still be going ahead from 14 to 18 October. Porter Anderson has more info here. 
  • The Auckland Writers’ Festival continues to programme its Winter Series in partnership with Auckland Live. Up next on Sunday 31 May - food writer and broadcaster Yasmin Khan, neonatal intensive care nurse and writer Amy McDaid and Sorry for Your Trouble author Richard Ford – more info here
  • More fantastic news for New Zealand – post-Covid books boom. More about this good news and reasons behind it here.
  • In response to the most recent racial profiling scandals and atrocities in the US recently, views are up 200 percent for this particular book and here’s an excellent anti-racist’ reading list to provoke thought, discussion and more. It features this incredible James Baldwin quote "It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive." 
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Every book festival or writers’ festival, no matter its size or location, can become part of the Global Association of Literary Festivals.

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A Winter Wonderland of Online Programming - Auckland Writers' Festival - 3 May 26 July

The 20th anniversary edition of the Auckland Writers’ Festival was due to take place from 12 to 17 May this year and like many of us, the Festival has had to move their best laid birthday plans online.

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Hay Festival Digital's Star-Studded Lineup 18-31 May

The Hay Festival Digital #ImagineTheWorld lineup has been announced to great fanfare, and includes a star-studded lineup of novelists, poets, economists, lawyers, scholars, diplomats, scientists, activists, actors and comedians. Festival Director Peter Florence mentions in this BBC News article that "We'll be welcoming readers from around the world into a digital party." 

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Publishing a Festival Book

Publishing a book connected to a literature festival is at once a huge pleasure and a complicated addition to the team’s already-packed schedules.

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