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Griffin Press ceases POD 

9 August 2022
Opus Group has confirmed that Griffin Press, which it acquired from Ovato earlier this year, will cease its print on demand (POD) services. In a statement to clients on Friday,...

Gardners expands to US

9 August 2022
The Little Group, the parent company of the UK’s largest book wholesale and distribution company Gardners, has opened Gardners US, reports Publishers Weekly. Based in Florida, Gardners US is offering...

Scribe & Varuna announce 2022 fellows

9 August 2022
The recipients of the 2022 Scribe & Varuna Fellowships have been announced. The fellows and their projects are: Sam Elkin for ‘Shapeshifting’ Jacqueline Wright for ‘Beauty and Menace’ Nevo Zisin...

UQP acquires Taylor debut ‘Flinch’ 

9 August 2022
UQP has acquired world rights to debut novel Flinch by 2022 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize winner Saraid Taylor. A coming-of-age story set against a backdrop of elite sport and...

Masson, Carrington launch Pardalote Press 

5 August 2022
Author Sophie Masson and illustrator Lorena Carrington have partnered on a new micropublisher, Pardalote Press, which aims to publish ‘small, surprising things which help the imagination take flight’. A crowdfunding...

Books in the media this weekend, 6–7 August 

5 August 2022
A round-up of the books being reviewed and mentioned in key media this coming weekend.  National The Saturday Paper  Legitimate Sexpectations (Katrina Marson, Scribe) Mothercare (Lynne Tillman, Soft Skull Press)...

DoJ, PRH case underway in US

4 August 2022
In the US, the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) trial to block Penguin Random House (PRH) from acquiring Simon & Schuster (S&S) began in Washington DC on 1 August. Witnesses called...

Qld Literary Awards 2022 shortlists

4 August 2022
The shortlists for the 2022 Queensland Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance ($25,000) Wounded Country...

Weir, Henderson launch Bold Type Agency 

3 August 2022
Former Penguin Random House (PRH) senior rights manager Nerrilee Weir and former Simon & Schuster (S&S) publishing director Fiona Henderson have announced the creation of a new rights agency. Bold...

Untapped no more: heritage literature back in print 

3 August 2022
Launched in November 2020, Untapped: The Australian Literary Heritage Project began as a collaboration between authors, libraries and researchers to bring out-of-print Australian books back into circulation as ebooks available...

Vivendi looks to sell Editis

2 August 2022
French media company Vivendi has said it will try to sell off Editis—France’s second-largest publisher—when its planned acquisition of Hachette Livre parent company Lagardère goes through, reports the Bookseller. Previously,...

‘Grimmish’ sells to UK, North America 

2 August 2022
Martin Shaw at Shaw Literary, on behalf of Puncher & Wattmann, has sold UK and US rights at auction to Michael Winkler’s debut novel Grimmish, in a co-publishing deal between...

Mossop appointed SWF artistic director 

1 August 2022
Ann Mossop has been appointed artistic director of the Sydney Writers Festival (SWF) for a three-year term, replacing Michael Williams, who programmed the 2021 and 2022 Festivals. Mossop comes to...

Nib Literary Award 2022 longlist announced

1 August 2022
The longlist for the 2022 Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award, worth $20,000, has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Currowan (Bronwyn Adcock, Black Inc.) Telling Tennant’s Story (Dean...

Age Book of the Year 2022 shortlists announced

1 August 2022
The shortlists for the 2022 Age Book of the Year Award, which this year includes a prize for nonfiction, have been announced. The shortlisted works in each category are: Fiction...

Glass Bell Award 2022 shortlist announced

29 July 2022
In the UK, the shortlist for the £2000 (A$3500) Goldsboro Glass Bell Award has been announced. The shortlisted novels are: We Are All Birds of Uganda (Hafsa Zayyan, Merky Books)...

Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize shortlist announced

29 July 2022
The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced the shortlist for the 2022 Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. The shortlisted stories and their authors are: 'Dog Park' by Nina Cullen 'Natural Wonder' by...

UQP acquires Wagan Watson short story collection 

29 July 2022
UQP has acquired world rights to poet Samuel Wagan Watson's first short story collection, New and Used Ghosts. The collection of ghost stories interrogates and celebrates myth, legend and secrets...

Books in the media this weekend, 30–31 July 

29 July 2022
A round-up of the books being reviewed and mentioned in key media this coming weekend.  National  The Saturday Paper  A System So Magnificent It Is Blinding (Amanda Svensson, Scribe) Lessons...

Hachette first-half sales up in the UK, US

28 July 2022
Hachette’s UK sales were up 1.5% in the first half of 2022, reports the Bookseller. According to Hachette parent company Lagardère, the UK's performance was driven by children’s and YA...

MWF full program announced

27 July 2022
Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has announced its full 2022 program, which runs 8–11 September, and features over 150 events. The festival makes its return to live programming after two years...

Booker Prize 2022 longlist announced

27 July 2022
The longlist for the 2022 Booker Prize has been announced. The 13 books longlisted for the £50,000 (A$86,650) prize are: Glory (NoViolet Bulawayo, Viking) Trust (Hernan Diaz, Picador) The Trees...