The recently established Coalition for Books will be placing writers centre stage at the upcoming Pasifika Festival, to be held in Auckland across the weekend of 14th – 15th March.
Writers including Poet Laureate David Eggleton and rising star Tayi Tibble will be amongst those performing on stages throughout the two-day event, with its expected 60,000-strong crowd. They’ll also be signing books and meeting readers at a new Māori and Pasifika bookstand.
To enhance the promotion of the best Māori and Pasifika books available in Aotearoa at the festival, a striking colour brochure of 50 books will be available from the stand, along with a competition to win books from the catalogue. An additional 35,000 catalogues will be distributed to readers, schools and libraries nationwide.
The Coalition for Books Chair, Melanie Laville-Moore says ‘selecting the titles for inclusion was a genuine eye-opener. It was clear that while there is a growing range of books targeting Māori readers, books for Pasifika readers are not as widely available. We’re confident that this initiative will positively impact the wider diversity discussion for publishers, writers and readers, as well as create genuine demand that we hope will lead to more books being published in future’.
The Coalition for Books is a dynamic collaborative organisation, recently formed to make a tangible difference to the literary landscape of Aotearoa, supported by seed funding from Creative New Zealand (CNZ). Membership has wide literary cross-sector support that includes amongst others, The NZ Society of Authors, the NZ Booksellers Association, the Publishers Association of NZ and the Auckland Writers Festival.
The Coalition has a clear kaupapa: to complement the work of existing organisations, identify gaps in activities and develop initiatives that serve authors, publishers, booksellers and festivals. Through strategic activity and by mobilising the literary sector, it aims to enhance the visibility, sales and overall opportunities for New Zealand books and their writers.