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BRTD workers, management sign enterprise agreement 

21 January 2022
Workers and management at Sydney bookshop Better Read Than Dead (BRTD), in the inner-west suburb of Newtown, have signed an enterprise agreement, which on Wednesday was submitted for approval by...

Lawrence wins 2022 Peter Porter Poetry Prize

21 January 2022
The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced Anthony Lawrence as the winner of the 2022 Peter Porter Poetry Prize for his poem ‘In the Shadows of Our Heads'. Lawrence receives...

ABA announces ICYMI 50 campaign details

20 January 2022
The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has released details of its February campaign, Your Booksellers' ICYMI 50—Must-read new Australian books you might have missed. The campaign, which received $20,000 Copyright Agency...

Australian authors top 2021 bestsellers 

19 January 2022
Nielsen Bookscan has reported book sales in 2021 fell 1% in volume compared to 2020, to 65.4 million units sold, but were up in value by 2.5% to $1.26 billion....

Indie Book Awards 2022 shortlists announced

19 January 2022
Leading Edge Books has announced the shortlists for the 2022 Indie Book Awards. Chosen from longlists announced in December 2021, the shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction Treasure and...

Magabala announces recipients of 2021 scholarships

18 January 2022
Magabala Books has announced the six recipients of its 2021 Creative Development Scholarships. The scholarships provide recipients with the support to complete creative development projects throughout 2022. The six recipients...

The Wheeler Centre receives $6.1m Creative Vic funding

17 January 2022
Creative Victoria has announced the 113 arts and cultural organisations that will share in $85 million in grants as part of the state government's new multi-year Creative Enterprises and Creative Ventures programs. Among...

McKerracher to depart ALIA 

14 January 2022
Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) CEO Sue McKerracher will depart the role after almost 10 years at the organisation to take up the position of Libraries Tasmania executive director....

NewSouth acquires MacIntyre book on pandemics 

14 January 2022
NewSouth Publishing has announced the acquisition of a book on pandemics and biosecurity by Raina MacIntyre, professor of global security at UNSW’s Kirby Institute. ‘I’ve been researching pandemics and planning...

Cappelluto appointed Bloomsbury Australia MD 

13 January 2022
Bloomsbury has announced the appointment of Cristina Cappelluto as managing director of Bloomsbury Australia, replacing Liz Bray, who announced in September that she would step down from the role. Cappelluto...

ASA survey 2021: Author earnings ‘unsustainable’

13 January 2022
The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) 2021 survey, which received over 800 responses from members, has found author earnings are continuing to decline. The 2020 survey, which was open to...

Hipwell to depart Leading Edge 

12 January 2022
Leading Edge has announced Ruth Hipwell will be leaving her role as member service manager for the books group. Hipwell’s last day will be Friday, 14 January. Hipwell told Books+Publishing...

Government releases draft Copyright Amendment bill 

12 January 2022
In December the federal government released the exposure draft and discussion paper of its proposed Copyright Amendment (Access Reforms) Bill 2021. In its introduction, the discussion paper said the government’s...

Eastern states booksellers face staff shortages 

12 January 2022
After a Christmas beset by supply issues, booksellers in Australia’s eastern states, like all retailers, are facing staffing issues due to Covid infections and contact isolation. On Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula...

ACCC lodges case against Booktopia

11 January 2022
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has lodged a case with the Federal Court against Booktopia, alleging the online bookseller made ‘false or misleading representations to consumers about their...

Latest RISE and Australia Council funding recipients

11 January 2022
The federal government announced the sixth batch of Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) fund recipients in late December 2021. Among those sharing in more than $19.5 million funding...

PMLA 2021 winners announced

15 December 2021
The winners of the 2021 Prime Minister's Literary Awards (PMLA) have been announced. Selected from shortlists announced in October, the winning titles in each category are: Fiction The Labyrinth (Amanda Lohrey,...

Lohrey wins 2021 Voss Literary Prize

15 December 2021
Amanda Lohrey has won the 2021 Voss Literary Prize for her novel The Labyrinth (Text). Lohrey, whose book was chosen from a shortlist of five, receives $5000. This year’s judges...

Bookface Macarthur Square closed 

10 December 2021
Bookface in Macarthur Square Shopping Centre in Campbelltown, New South Wales has closed. In a statement the shop said it had made ‘the difficult decision’ to close due to Covid-19...

Some supply improvements amid ‘record’ orders 

10 December 2021
Following severe supply chain disruption in Australia’s eastern states, some booksellers report delivery times have improved for recently ordered stock, although several report they are still waiting on overdue consignments....

ABA campaign to promote books ‘missed during Covid’ 

10 December 2021
The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has received Copyright Agency funding for a new campaign to promote Australian books ‘missed during Covid’. The campaign, which receives $20,000 in funding, will promote...