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1 April 2020

Industry welcomes wage subsidy, CBCA shortlists and more

Both the ABA and APA have welcomed the federal government’s JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme, which ‘could not have come soon enough’, according to ABA CEO Robbie Egan. While bookshops such as Readings have closed their shopfronts this week, most Dymocks stores remain open. The chain has reported a steep rise in sales of children’s nonfiction and overall online sales.

Australia’s writing organisations and the ASA are calling for more money to OzCo in light of the effects of Covid-19 on writers’ livelihoods. Meanwhile, OzCo has suspended its grant programs to put together an urgent response package, which opens on Friday.

In awards news, the shortlists for this year’s CBCA awards were announced, as were the finalists for the Aurealis Awards, while Ellen van Neerven has won UQP’s Quentin Bryce Award and NT Writers Centre director Sally Bothroyd has been awarded the ASA/HQ Commercial Fiction Prize. Five Mile commercial director Tash Besliev is joining Affirm Press as kids publisher, while Voiceworks has appointed Adalya Nash Hussein as its new editor.

Overseas, Bologna Children’s Book Fair is going digital, two UK distributors—Gardeners and Bertram—have temporarily closed, PRH and the UK Booksellers Association are backing a crowdfunding campaign for booksellers, and Barnes & Noble has closed 400 of its shops.

And for those stuck at home with the kids, Good Reading has collated a list of library e-resources (including ebooks) available at the click of a button.

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Add your Covid-19 response to our list of bookshops

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In our nature: Robbie Arnott on ‘The Rain Heron’ x

The Rain Heron (Text, June), Robbie Arnott’s follow-up to his 2018 debut Flames, blurs the line between reality and myth as its isolated protagonist is... Read more
 

 

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Black Inc. has sold world audio rights to On the Line: Notes from a factory (Joseph Ponthus, trans by Stephanie Smee, July) to... Read more
 
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Bestsellers: Australians retreat into fiction x

Bluey: Easter Fun! is spending its third consecutive week at the top of the bestseller chart, while Bluey: Bob Bilby has moved up to second,... Read more
 

 

The Rain Heron (Robbie Arnott, Text, June) x

Ren has retreated from the world. After the country is torn apart by a coup, she hides herself away on a mountain, barely seeing another... Read more
 

 

The Hunted (Gabriel Bergmoser, HarperCollins, August) x

On a lonely highway in outback Australia sits a solitary service station run by the equally solitary Frank, whose teenage granddaughter has been sent to... Read more
 

 

What Zola did on Monday (Melina Marchetta, illus by Deb Hudson, Puffin, June) x

Melina Marchetta is a novelist we normally associate with award-winning young adult fiction, and more recently her adult novels Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil... Read more
 

 

Change Starts with Us (Sophie Beer, Little Hare, June) x

This brightly coloured and accessible book sets out to empower young children and familiarise them with ways in which even the littlest of us can... Read more
 

Pub dates: To move or not to move

‘The great debate is over what to do with forthcoming books: Do you move them, like the new James Bond movie … Or do you plow ahead, and hope the social media gods will look kindly on your efforts (provided the publishers don’t lay off their Gen Z social media marketing team under a “last-in, first-out” policy)?’For the LA Times, Ed Nawotka looks at how Covid-19 will change book publishing in both the short and long term.

 

 

Read the latest Publishers Weekly x

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CBCA First Time Illustrator Award

The team at Dirt Lane Press is absolutely delighted to congratulate first time illustrator Bethany Macdonald on being shortlisted for the CBCA First Time Illustrator... Read more

CBCA Book Week 2020 postponed

CBCA Book Week 2020 will be postponed until term 4, 2020, at a date to be announced.

‘The Board made this decision taking into account all of our stakeholders: our members including schools and libraries, the creator community and the publishing and bookselling industries,’ said CBCA national chair Margot Hillel. ‘The CBCA is committed to remaining relevant and dynamic in a very changing business, arts and community environment. We will embrace every opportunity to continue our work celebrating Australian children’s literature and supporting our stakeholders to do this.’

The new date for CBCA Book Week 2020 (with a theme of Curious Creatures, Wild Minds) will be announced very soon.

 

Change of distribution for Big Sky Publishing

Simon & Schuster Australia is pleased to announce a new sales and distribution partnership with Australian independent publisher, Big Sky Publishing in Australia and New Zealand from 1 July 2020.

Big Sky titles previously distributed by Woodslane will not be accepted by Harper Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS) for return. Authorised returns relating to orders placed with Woodslane should be sent back to Woodslane by 30 September 2020. Backorders can now be placed at HEDS for July 2020 new releases onwards, send orders to orders@harpercollins.com.au. Backlist titles will be available to order from 1 July onwards.

Big Sky Publishing would like to thank Woodslane for their support over the years.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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