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Robotham wins Gold Dagger, new publishing houses launched

In awards news this week, crime writer Michael Robotham won this year’s CWA Gold Dagger award for best crime novel, becoming the first Australian to win the award twice. Maria Papas won the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award, picture book Mophead won a hat-trick of PANZ Book Design Awards, and Tim McGuire received the ASA’s Ray Koppe Residency for a writer under 35. Meanwhile, the shortlist for the 2020 Danger Prize for Sydney crime writing was announced.

Over the past week, two industry figures have announced new publishing projects: former bookseller and Penguin Books product manager Katherine Larsen has established YA publisher Debut Books, and Learning Discovery CEO James Layton has launched children’s book publisher Larrikin House.

Internationally, two in three UK authors, illustrators and translators have reported a loss of income due to Covid-19. The winners of the Forward Poetry Prize and the Not the Booker were announced, as were the finalists for the Cundill History Prize.

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