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    The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced their Short List for 2016. They were announced at midday as part of their 12th National Conference. This year, the Book of The Year Awards celebrates its 70th anniversary making it the longest running book awards in Australia. From the small list of books entered in 1946, entries have now grown to over 400, highlighting the strength and richness of Australian publishing for children, and the talent of those who create the books. The CBCA Book of the Year awards are extremely influential in children’s publishing and bookselling, promoting quality children's...

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    ABIA 2016

    The winners of the Australian Book Industry Awards were announced at a gala ceremony at the NSW Art Gallery. The ABIAs recognise publishers' and booksellers' work in editing, design, production, marketing, publicity and sales, as well as the achievements of local authors. This year the event was more politically charged event with authors, publishers, and even the international presenters given over to protesting against the proposed industry changes which would reduce authors’ copyright control over their books and potentially flood the market with cheap overseas editions of books.  First-time author, actor and comedian Szubanski, won the Gold ABIA book of the...

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    As part of the Baker and Taylor Group, James Bennett is excited by the announcement today of the acquisition of Baker & Taylor by Follett Corporation. Follett is a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content to schools and university retail markets in the USA. Bringing together Baker & Taylor and Follett creates the world's largest source for books, entertainment, digital content and multi-media, and gives libraries, schools and retailers the tools to access, manage and deliver physical and digital content wherever learning and reading take place. James Bennett will continue to operate as part of the...

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    Harper Lee, the elusive novelist whose child's-eye view of racial injustice in a small Southern town, "To Kill a Mockingbird", became standard reading for millions of young people and an Oscar-winning film, has died. She was 89. "To Kill a Mockingbird" was published in 1960. Immediately successful, it won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and became a classic of American literature. The book tells the tale of a white lawyer defending a black man accused of rape in the Deep South. It sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and 55 years after it was published, in 2015, she released the sequel,...

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    The celebrated Italian intellectual Umberto Eco has been remembered as a master of Italian culture after his death at the age of 84. Though he found fame for blockbuster medieval mystery “The Name of the Rose” – which sold more than 10 million copies in 30 languages – he had been publishing works since the 1950s. “The Name of the Rose”, a medieval detective novel set in an Italian abbey, follows Brother William of Baskerville as he investigates a series of suspicious deaths. The novel captured imaginations globally and was turned into a film starring Sean Connery as William. Eco, who also...

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    A new Harry Potter script book by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany based on a forthcoming play by Jack Thorne opening in London in July is set to be released mid-year. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was written to be enjoyed on the stage and is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and takes place 18 years after the events of the original series. Harry is now an overworked employee at the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father to three school-aged children. His youngest son Albus struggles with the weight of the family legacy...

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