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Stella Prize and NSW Prem’s winners, industry moves

Evie Wyld has won this year’s Stella Prize, worth $50,000, for her novel The Bass Rock (Vintage). Meanwhile, Ellen van Neerven has scooped the 2021 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards with their poetry collection Throat (UQP), winning three awards, including the overall $10,000 book of the year award. In other awards news, Liminal and Pantera have established a new $10,000 nonfiction prize, and the SMH 2021 Best Young Australian Novelists have been named.

In personnel moves, Roberta Ivers has been appointed HarperCollins commercial fiction & nonfiction publisher, and Kelly Doust has joined Affirm as commercial publisher. Meanwhile, Ultimo has appointed Emily Cook and Katherine Rajwar to the positions of community & media manager and community & media coordinator respectively.

Overseas, the International Booker Prize shortlist was announced and US publisher W W Norton halted the distribution and promotion of Blake Bailey’s Philip Roth: The biography after sexual assault allegations were made against Bailey. Meanwhile, Simon & Schuster US is going ahead with a two-book deal with former US vice president Mike Pence. In France, Hachette Livre’s parent company Lagardère is in discussions to revamp its company structure.

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