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Over 100 attend BookUp, Avid Reader shortlisted for LBF bookstore of the year

Over 100 people attended the APA’s first BookUp conference; however, the event—particularly the inclusivity panel—was criticised by attendees for its lack of diversity.

Brisbane’s Avid Reader has been shortlisted for the bookstore of the year award at the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards. In other awards news, the longlist for the Peter Carey Short Story Award was announced this week, while in the UK Alice Oseman’s Loveless won the Bookseller’s YA Book Prize.

The first guests for this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival have been revealed, as have the line-ups for the Queenscliffe and Northern Beaches literary festivals. In other festival news, both the Brisbane and Byron writers festivals are recipients of the federal government’s latest round of RISE funding.

Ultimo Press managing director James Kellow has been elected APA president, while Phill Knight will retire as ADS distribution director after more than 20 years in the role. In other news, publishing services provider Shawline Publishing has opened The Independent Bookstore in Ballarat, with plans to open more than 20 new outlets in the next two years.

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