The fifth Academic Book Week - the annual event celebrating the influence and diversity of academic publishing - will take place from 9th to 13th March 2020, with 'Academic Books and the Environment' as its central theme.
Run by the Booksellers Association (BA), the week’s aim is to increase awareness of the academic book as a vehicle for ground-breaking ideas, and alert policy-makers to its importance as part of the intellectual ecosystem of the UK.
The organisers are calling on those who read, write, publish, sell or work with academic books to set up events, debates, seminars, promotions and competitions to run across the country during the week. Events will get promotion from a new Academic Book Week website and the BA's PR team, with social media support at @AcBookWeek and #AcademicBookWeek.
Will Williams, head of academic sales at Blackwell’s Bookshops and chair of the Academic Booksellers Group, said: “Since its inception, Academic Book Week has become an increasingly important event for campus booksellers. It is our opportunity, each year, to demonstrate engagement with academic authorship and to celebrate academic works which have advanced our understanding of the world.
"This year’s theme of ‘Academic Books and The Environment’ could not be more relevant and timely and I am excited to see how campus booksellers, academics and students interact with each other in order to curate bookselling events, with the aim of growing awareness of the incredible research and writing UK academics are providing on this subject.”
Those wishing to propose an event to take place during Academic Book Week are asked to use the event registration form.