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Over 30k attend MWF Digital, new bookshop for Noosa, latest awards

This year’s Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF)—which ran as a digital event due to the Covid-19 pandemic—attracted around 34,200 attendees.

A new ‘profit for purpose’ bookshop has been announced for Noosa Heads following the news that Mary Ryan’s Noosa—the only bookshop in the area—is to close. Also this week, the Australian Society of Authors said that the federal government has failed to adequately respond to calls for PLR/ELR digital expansion.

In awards news, the winners of the National Biography Award and the RWA Awards were announced, as were the shortlists for the Nib Literary Award, the Ned Kelly Awards and the Hungerford Award. Meanwhile, SCBWI, and Hardie Grant and RMIT announced new prizes for illustrators and narrative nonfiction respectively.

Overseas, the first phase of the ‘smart’ Beijing Book Fair has begun, and Dutch author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld has won the International Booker Prize.

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