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New Readings shop, McKay wins Arthur C Clarke Award

Melbourne bookseller Readings will open a new shop—the chain’s eighth—in the Emporium shopping complex in the Melbourne CBD. In other retail news, performing arts specialist Book Nook has been saved from closure and will relaunch as an online store.

The Australian Publishers Association will run its Indies Roadshow online again this year, following the inaugural virtual event held in response to the pandemic in 2020. Meanwhile, Oxford University Press has launched new branding to support its ongoing digital transformation.

Laura Jean McKay has won the UK’s Arthur C Clarke Award for science fiction for her debut novel The Animals in that Country. Also announced this week was the shortlist for the Nib Literary Award and the recipients of the Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli and Ray Koppe fellowships, as well as a new book cover design competition from MidnightSun Publishing.

In overseas awards news, the winner of the Klaus Flugge Prize was announced, as were shortlists for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year and the Cundill History Prize.

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