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Queen’s Birthday Honours, Williams to step down at ILF

A number of authors and publishing industry figures have been recognised in this year’s 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Corrie Perkin’s My Bookshop in the Melbourne suburb of Hawksburn is set to close following Covid-19 lockdowns and lease negotiations. Meanwhile, Karen Williams will step down as head of the ILF as the organisation commits to expanded First Nations leadership.

In other news, MWF has partnered with the Age—which is bringing back its Book of the Year award—and EWF is going completely digital. In awards, Oratia Media was named Bologna publisher of the year in the Oceania category, and the winners of the UQP Quentin Bryce Award and UWAP Dorothy Hewett Award were announced, as were shortlists for IPEd’s Rosie Award, the NZ Book Awards for Children and YA, the Michael Gifkins Prize and the Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction.

In overseas news, Waterstones profit was down 8.4% in 2020, while Frankfurt has revealed plans for in-person events at this year’s fair. Meanwhile, the winners of the Pulitzer Prizes and the Wolfson History Prize were announced.

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