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Full BookUp 2024 program announced

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced the full program for the 2024 BookUp conference, which will take place on 7 August at State Library Victoria in Melbourne.

Innovation and adaptation are the key themes for the 2024 conference. Among the sessions will be a keynote on experimentation and growth from Arpita Das, founder and publisher of the New Delhi-based independent publishing house Yoda Press; a discussion with APA head of communications and Australia Reads Anna Burkey and BehaviourWorks senior research fellow Breanna Wright on overcoming barriers to reading; case studies on award-winning titles with Hachette campaign manager Bethany Nevile and Wiley publisher Helen Rabenda; a session on trauma-sensitive publishing with Pantera publishing director Lex Hirst and author Lamisse Hamouda; and a closing panel on supportive workplaces.

The APA’s Rising Star award is also presented at the BookUp conference, with the winner announcement to take place at a networking drinks function following the conclusion of the conference discussions.

This release of the full program follows last month’s announcement of the first guests for the conference—a keynote from BookNet Canada director Lauren Stewart on how to use data strategically, which will be followed by a Q&A with APA head of product and supply chain Cat Colwell; a panel on AI and publishing, looking at opportunities and risks; and panel on working with schools, featuring educators and learning experts discussing the latest research on classroom learning and how publishers can support teachers to engage students with diverse learning needs.

The APA has published the full BookUp program on its website.


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