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PMLA winners, ACCC lodges case against Booktopia

Late last year, the winners of the 2021 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards were announced. Amanda Lohrey, who won the fiction prize for her novel The Labyrinth, was also named the winner of the 2021 Voss Literary Prize the same month.

Also announced were the recipients of the ASA Black-Beckett Trust Scholarship, the 2021 Magabala fellowships and the authors and organisations to share in the latest rounds of RISE and Australia Council funding. In other news, the ACCC has lodged a case with the Federal Court against Booktopia, alleging the retailer made ‘false or misleading representations to consumers about their rights to refunds and other remedies for faulty or damaged goods’.

In overseas news, French media company Vivendi—which already owns book publisher Editis—has confirmed a takeover bid for Hachette parent-company Lagardère. US print book sales were up 8.9% in 2021, thanks in part to healthy sales of YA and adult fiction titles.

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