Last week, S Shakthidharan and Eamon Flack were named winners of Australia’s most valuable literary award—the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature—for their play Counting and Cracking. Other writers honoured at the VPLAs included Christos Tsiolkas, Christina Thompson, Charmaine Papertalk Green, Helena Fox and Chloe Higgins.
The Wheeler Centre, meanwhile, is looking for a new director, with the news that Michael Williams will be leaving the organisation after 10 years as its head.
Also making awards news this week were the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards longlists, a new $15,000 short story prize and the inaugural winner of Booktopia’s Favourite Australian Book award. Speaking of Booktopia, the online retailer announced it has bought various assets of the Co-op bookshops, with the campus bookseller’s outlets to be closed over the next two months.
Overseas, Macmillan has responded to the American Dirt controversy with a promise to increase Latinx representation; Macmillan employees have been banned from attending Digital Book World over the company’s library ebook embargo; and organisers of the Taipei book fair have postponed the event due to the coronavirus outbreak.