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18 March 2020

Sweeping cancellations, Australia Reads launches and latest awards

The ABA announced this afternoon that it has postponed its annual conference, due to take place in Sydney in June, with the following day’s inaugural BookUp event also being postponed by the APA.

The news follows a wave of cancellations this week in light of the Covid-19 outbreak. SWF, the Wheeler Centre, Melbourne Jewish Book Week, the ABDA awards, the LEB conference, the PANZ International Conference, the ALIA national conference, the CBCA NSW Branch conference and the Clunes Booktown Festival all announced cancellations or delays, and State Library Victoria closed its doors alongside other libraries across the country as the federal government introduced tighter restrictions on public gatherings. And Australia Reads—the rebranded Australian Reading Hour campaign—is encouraging people who are quarantined or socially isolated to read at home. Below in this newsletter is a list of bookstores we’ve collated to share how Australian booksellers are responding to the crisis.

Nielsen Book Australia put a number on the chaos with a report showing year-to-date trade sales are down 2.9% in the year to 7 March. In more positive news, there were record book sales at this year’s Adelaide Writers’ Week.

After 18 years as publisher, Phillipa McGuinness is leaving UNSW Press. In rights news, Hardie Grant Egmont sold rights in five territories to Philip Bunting’s Your Planet Needs You, while Text sold multiple rights to Claire Christian’s debut adult novel.

In awards news, the shortlists were announced for the Penguin Literary Prize and the ASA/HQ Commercial Fiction prize, as were the recipients of the ASA Writers and Illustrators Mentorship, the SRB emerging critics fellowships, and the Boundless Indigenous Writer’s mentorship.

Overseas, Unity Books Auckland was named Bookstore of the Year in the LBF awards. Amazon has deprioritised book sales in the US and UK, the National Book Critic’s Circle Awards winners were announced, and a group of US children’s authors launched a digital festival following mass-cancellations of literary festivals.

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Fathoms: The world in the whale (Rebecca Giggs, Scribe) x

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Support OzLit during the Covid-19 crisis

‘There are things all Australians can do too—if you’re spending more time at home because you’re sick or self-isolating, please: stream Australian music; watch Australian movies and TV shows; read Australian books.’—Shadow arts minister Tony Burke urges the public to support the Australian arts sector during the coronavirus crisis.

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Read the latest Publishers Weekly x

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Tim Harris ‘Exploding Endings’ series moving to PRH

As of 31 March, New Holland will no longer distribute the Exploding Endings series by Tim Harris. The series will move to Penguin Random House, who will re-release all four books under the Puffin imprint on 28 April. New Holland will honour returns of their editions until 30 April 2020.

Title – Exploding Endings 1: Painted Dogs & Doom Cakes
New Holland ISBN – 9781922134578
Penguin Random House ISBN – 9781760898014

Title – Exploding Endings 2: Dingbats & Lollypop Arms
New Holland ISBN – 9781922134691
Penguin Random House ISBN – 9781760898021

Title – Exploding Endings 3: Cursed Pants & Cranky Cops
New Holland ISBN – 9781922134707
Penguin Random House ISBN – 9781760898038

Title – Exploding Endings 4: Screenshots & Laughing Gas
New Holland ISBN – 9781922134134
Penguin Random House ISBN – 9781760898045




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