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Indigenous Literacy Day to stream on YouTube; Lui to curate new A&U imprint

The ILF will hold its annual Indigenous Literacy Day celebration as a ‘visual event’ on its YouTube channel on Wednesday, 2 September.

Allen & Unwin has announced that writer, actor and director Nakkiah Lui is to curate a new imprint at the publisher, while Declan Fry and Jessie Tu have been appointed Age/SMH emerging book critics. Meanwhile, Canberra Writers Festival’s live events sold out amid ‘strong uptake’ for its streamed offerings.

In awards news, the winners of this years ABDAs were announced, as was the shortlist for Readings’ New Australian Fiction Prize. Meanwhile, Magabala has announced a new fellowship for mid-career writers.

Overseas, US publishing sales were down 4.2% in the first half of 2020, while the winners of the James Tait Black and Pen/Ackerley prizes were announced.

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