The economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic made itself known this week, with the news Lonely Planet reduced its publishing operations with immediate effect, including essentially shuttering its Melbourne and London offices.
Elsewhere, booksellers and publishers are continuing to adapt to business under lockdown—as is the Melbourne Writers Festival, which will deliver a smaller online program this year. Meanwhile, Covid-19 hastened the permanent closure of Andrew’s Bookshop in Melbourne.
In other overseas awards news, the shortlist for the Jhalak Prize and the winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction were announced. Also internationally, HarperCollins UK was the latest major publisher to furlough staff, while in Spain Penguin Random House introduced an online direct sales platform in response to Covid-19.
Starting even before Federation and lasting until the early 1970s, the Australian government controlled what Australians could read. Yet today, as Patrick Mullins recounts in this scintillating account of the... Read more
‘Part of the Australian story has been our struggle to face the difficult truths of our recent history. To me this is a book about what happens when there’s nothing in our culture to help us process these unseen forces, and instead they erupt behind closed doors. Our future depends on telling and reading these stories, not recoiling from them.’—While accepting the Stella Prize for her nonfiction book See What You Made Me Do,Jess Hill argues that we need to talk more openly about domestic abuse and the society that enables it.
The Walker Books Group announces the global publication on September 29 2020, of Will You Be My Friend?, a sequel to the beloved picture book Guess How Much I Love You.
In the quarter century since its debut, Guess How Much I Love You has become a contemporary classic, with two million copies sold in Australia, and more than 47 million copies sold in 57 languages worldwide. In Will You Be My Friend?, Little Nutbrown Hare sets out exploring on his own. This gentle story of burgeoning independence and first friendship will resonate with readers of all ages, and is destined to become another home and library bookshelf staple.
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