Avid Reader Bookshop are offering world leaders packs of books and a scone with jam and cream if they pop by in between G20 duties.
World leaders have been given a free collection of books from Brisbane’s Avid Reader bookshop to celebrate the G20 Summit in Brisbane.
The only catch is the politicians will have to come personally to the West End bookshop to collect the array of works from both Australian and international authors, as security stops any delivery to the G20 Summit site.
Queensland Independent Bookseller of the Year, Avid Reader, has made the generous offer in writing to all embassies and High Commissions of the G20 countries with each gift of books valued at $223.
In her letter to the G20 Leaders Avid Reader Bookshop owner Fiona Stager, a former President and a Life Member of the Australian Booksellers Association said she believed literacy is a fundamental component of community, national and global development and it is important people see their leaders reading and challenging their thinking with new ideas.
Under the heading ‘Leaders are Readers’ the gift of eight books include: six non-fiction, two fiction, six by Australian authors and two by international authors.
“The books I have selected include recently released fiction and non-fiction titles from both Australian and international authors that deal with both contemporary and historical issues,” she says.
“The titles cover current issues such as the economics of global warming, accounting, community development, gender bias, science and the futility of war.
“I think most of the leaders will respond well to this gift offer however, I understand some may not.”
Avid Reader Bookshop is located less than one kilometre from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre where the G20 Summit is being held and due to security measures at the Summit site Ms Stager cannot personally deliver the books, so has invited each of the leaders to her bookshop to receive this gift.
Ms Stager said any leaders coming to the shop will also receive free coffee or tea and a scone with jam and cream.
The books are:
This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
The Art of Belonging by Hugh Mackay
Comradely Greetings by Slavoj Zizek
Six Capitals: The revolution capitalism has to have – or can accountants save the planet? by Jane Gleeson-White
The Wife Drought: Why women need wives, and men need lives by Annabell Crabb
The Best Australian Science Writing 2014 edited by Ashley Hay
Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan