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Miles Franklin shortlist, White leaves UWAP and more

The six titles shortlisted for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award have been revealed, ahead of the winner’s announcement on 16 July. In other awards news from the past week, Shaun Tan won the UK’s Kate Greenaway Medal for distinguished illustration in a book for children and young people, Kathryn Hind won the UK Society of Author’s Betty Trask Prize for her novel Hitch, and Mireille Juchau won the 2020 Pascall Prize for arts criticism.

Director of UWA Publishing Terri-ann White has left the publisher after 14 years, as the future of the organisation remains unclear. Distributor Footprint Books is to close at the end of October, while former APA strategy and policy manager Sarah Runcie has been appointed as CEO of the Brisbane Writers Festival, which has confirmed it will run in May 2021. Meanwhile, research for the First Nations and People of Colour Writers Count has commenced.

Fremantle Press has announced a new anthologyUnlimited Futures: Speculative, Visionary Blak+Black Fiction, to be co-curated with independent online publication Djed Press, while Hachette has acquired ANZ rights to Jamie Marina Lau’s novel Gunk Baby.

In the UK, publishing staff are sharing their salaries to promote pay transparency, while wholesaler Bertrams has entered administration after months of uncertainty.

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