Thanks to Twitter, I found out that today is Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD). ILD is the major fundraising event for the Indigenous Literacy Project, which aims to address the literacy crisis in Indigenous communities in remote locations.
You can help just by buying a book today!
Participating booksellers will donate to the ILP at least 5% of today’s takings, and participating publishers will donate at least 5% of their takings from titles invoiced today. Click here for a list of participating booksellers and publishers. The list includes booksellers who’ve been known to support the romance reading community, such as Booktopia and Galaxy. If you haven’t bought your uni textbooks yet, some co-op bookshops are also listed.
According to the ILP website:
Working closely with the Australian Booksellers Association and the Australian Publishers Association, The Fred Hollows Foundation purchases and supplies books and other culturally appropriate learning materials to remote communities where The Foundation works. Communities select and order reading material from catalogues and sample books provided by The Australian Booksellers Association. The Fred Hollows Foundation staff also identify other literacy needs. The books are then supplied to schools, libraries, early learning centres such as crèches, women’s Centres and other identified institutions, to enhance their pool of literacy resources.
Indigenous Australian romances
The last Indigenous Australian character I can recall reading about was Adam, who is a constable in Bronwyn Parry’s books. As Darkness Falls refers to his tracking skills quite a bit (which makes sense because the plot centres around a search for a missing girl). However, he’s not one of the romantic leads.
I’ve been meaning to see Samson and Delilah—yes, it’s a film, but it’s billed as a romance, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. (Having said that, I don’t know if it has a happy ending. I suspect not, judging from what I’ve read about it.) The other non-book character that stands out in my mind is Kelly, played by Deborah Mailman, from The Secret Life of Us. I adored her. She was such a romantic!
Do you have any recommendations for romance books by Indigenous Australian authors or that feature Indigenous Australian characters? And if you visited a bookshop today, which books did you end up buying?