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Booktopia yearly results, latest award winners

Booktopia has posted revenue growth of 35% and a 125% rise in profit for the 2021 financial year—its first full year results as an ASX-listed company.

In other news, Brisbane Writers Festival is engaging five curators to build its 2022 program as the festival celebrates its 60th year, while Hardie Grant Travel has been renamed Hardie Grant Explore.

In a big week for awards, the winners of the WA Premier’s Book Awards, the Ned Kelly and Davitt awards, and the National Biography Award were all announced, as was the longlist for the $20,000 Nib Literary Award. Robert Drewe and Anna Krien were also awarded Copyright Agency writing fellowships worth $80,000 each.

In the US, Barnes & Nobles has reported sales growth of 5–6% for the year to date. The UK Publishers Association has warned there’s £2.2b in book revenue ‘at risk’ in their government’s copyright consultation process. Also in the UK, the winners of the James Tait Black Prizes were announced. Meanwhile, the Sharjah Book Authority’s ‘Into Books’ campaign has spread to Paris, New York and Riyadh.

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