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New distribution centre for Booktopia, QLA winners

Booktopia has secured a new warehousing and distribution space in Sydney’s South West, with the facility to provide increased capacity in time for Christmas.

The program for the inaugural Ubud Readers & Writers Festival Perth, which runs from 8–10 October, has been announced. Ingram has announced a local name change, and the University of Queensland Press has opened a bookshop at the university’s main campus.

The winners of the Queensland Literary Awards, the Environment Award for Children’s Literature, the Stanner Award and the Educational Publishing Awards Australia were all announced over the past week, as was the NZ Writers’ Award. Also announced were the longlists for the $100,000 ARA Historical Novel Prize and the shortlist for the Banjo Prize.

Overseas, Amazon and the Big Five publishers are seeking to dismiss a price-fixing suit filed in a US Court. Susanna Clarke won the UK’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, while the Wainwright Prizes for nature and conservation writing winners were also announced. Canongate has reported revenue growth of 16% in 2020, and a US investment fund has upped its stake in retailer WHSmith to becomes its largest shareholder.

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