Nielsen BookScan data shows that strong sales during the second quarter of 2020 have largely cushioned the local book market from the effects of Covid-19, with sales down by just 2% for the year to June compared with the same time in 2019.
‘We acknowledge that Covid-19 continues to make the programming and delivery of events extremely challenging. However, the issue of true representation is the civic and professional responsibility of all arts organisations. We have a duty to create safe and inclusive spaces for our communities, our presenters and our audiences.’—ACT Writers in an open letter regarding the ‘continued lack of diversity’ in the programming of the Canberra Writers’ Festival.
The title of Barry Jones’s forthcoming new book, previously notified as Sleepers, Wake Now! has been changed to What Is To Be Done. Scribe’s publisher, Henry Rosenbloom, said, ‘We wanted there to be no confusion that this is an entirely new work from Barry and not an update of his 1982 bestseller, Sleepers, Wake! It will be a monumental reckoning with the failure of political leadership when the world faces existential challenges.’
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