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S&S stands by Zonfrillo, Dyer to step down from AWW

Simon & Schuster is standing by celebrity chef Jock Zonfrillo’s memoir Last Shot following a profile of Zonfrillo published in Good Weekend.

Jo Dyer will step down as director of Adelaide Writers’ Week after next year’s event. Also in personnel moves, Lou Johnson has resigned from Murdoch Books while Alysha Farry is joining Hachette as marketing and communications director.

A new bookshop, The Junction, has opened in Noosa, while Mary Ryan’s Milton in Brisbane has relocated. Major Street Publishing has launched a new business books podcast, and Ultimo Press and Wavesound have announced a co-production partnership to produce a selection of Ultimo’s titles as audiobooks.

In awards news, the shortlists for the Queensland Literary Awards, National Biography Award and Colin Roderick Award have been announced. Meanwhile, HarperCollins reported its global revenue was up 19%, with profit up 42%, in the latest financial year.

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