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Oz YTD bestsellers, Rabble to no longer stock J K Rowling, latest awards

Books by Trent Dalton, Scott Pape and Bluey have topped Nielsen BookScan’s Australian charts for the year to the end of August.

Perth bookshop Rabble Books and Games will no longer stock new books by J K Rowling, following the author’s comments on transgender issues.

The ABA will host a Love Your Bookshop Day event on Facebook Live, while this year’s National Young Writers’ Festival program—which is running as an all-digital event—has been launched.

The winners have been revealed for this year’s Viva La Novella prize, Colin Roderick Award and both the Blake and ACU poetry prizes. In New Zealand, winners have been announced for the Book Industry Awards and the Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize. Meanwhile, in the US, Iranian–Australian writer Shokoofeh Azar has been longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award for Translated Literature.

Overseas, the shortlist for this year’s Booker Prize has been announced; Penguin Random House has announced plans to publish the first volume of Barack Obama’s presidential memoir in November; and, in the US, both HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster have added diversity-focused directors.

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