IF THERE was ever a good reason for readers to drag themselves away from their books, this is it.
Griffith's first Readers' Festival will be held this weekend and the program is jam-packed with something for everyone.
The three-day festival kicks off today at Griffith City Library from 4pm, with a special talk and book signing opportunity with Tania McCartney, followed by the official Reader's Festival launch by one of Australia's best-selling rural authors, Fiona McCallum.
On Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16 at Pioneer Park Museum, the writing and inspiration behind the books of the 10 visiting authors and a number of local authors will be showcased.
Readers' Festival organiser Eric Foote from Collins Booksellers said everything was in place for a great festival.
He hopes locals will throw their support behind it by attending.
"We've had fantastic support from authors and publishers. It is a fairly expensive exercise for them to come, so we feel privileged," he said.
"We've hopefully covered all genres. Whatever you like to read, you should find something of interest.
"For people attending the festival to be able to meet these writers and hear them talk about their bestselling books and their writing success is going to make this a weekend people will be talking about for weeks afterwards."
Mr Foote said there were still spots available for the Tania McCartney adult writer's workshop on Saturday morning and the illustrator's workshop by award-winning artist Tony Flowers on Sunday.