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BRTD enterprise agreement, ABA ICYMI campaign, Newbery, Caldecott winners

In news this week, following industrial action in November last year, workers and management at Sydney bookshop Better Read Than Dead have signed an enterprise agreement, which has been submitted for approval by the Fair Work Commission, while the Australian Booksellers Association has released details of its February campaign, Your Booksellers’ ICYMI 50—Must-read new Australian books you might have missed.

The Publishers Association of New Zealand Te Rau o Tākupu (PANZ) has announced the rescheduled PANZ International Conference is due to be held in Auckland on Friday, 4 March; the Australian Publishers Association has announced that the second annual BookUp conference is scheduled for Thursday, 9 June at ICC Sydney; and the line-up of the 2022 Perth Festival Literature & Ideas line-up has been announced.

In awards news, Anthony Lawrence has won the 2022 Peter Porter Poetry Prize for his poem ‘In the Shadows of Our Heads’, while Booktopia has announced the 10 titles shortlisted in its Favourite Australian Book (FAB) Award, and the creation of two new awards recognising Australian books.

In international news, the winners of the Newbery and Caldecott medals have been announced in the US, while in the UK, Nielsen BookScan has recorded 2021 as the biggest ever year for print book sales by value.

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