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Meet UQP rights and contracts manager Kate McCormack 

14 October 2020
In the lead up to this year's virtual Frankfurt Book Fair, Books+Publishing's sister publication Think Australian profiled UQP rights and contract manager Kate McCormack about her rights list and how Covid-19...

A most extraordinary year in books 

7 October 2020
Australian Booksellers Association CEO Robbie Egan says readers are spoiled for choice this Christmas—but in addition to shopping local, they’ll have to shop early. Those in the book trade will...

Good Books: a new bookshop for Wellington 

16 September 2020
Writers Catherine Robertson and Jane Arthur will open their new bookshop Good Books in Wellington in early October. Books+Publishing spoke to the pair about venturing into retail post–New Zealand lockdown....

Outsider art: Sofie Laguna on ‘Infinite Splendours’ 

2 September 2020
Infinite Splendours (A&U, November), Sofie Laguna's fourth novel for adults, charts the life of eccentric, artistic outsider Lawrence Loman. Conveyed through poetic prose that 'creates a tangible sense of beauty,...

Nathan Hollier on the Malaysian book market 

2 September 2020
Over the past two years, Melbourne University Publishing CEO Nathan Hollier attended book fairs in Indonesia, India and Malaysia and researched the book markets in each country as part of...

Nathan Hollier on the Indian book market 

24 August 2020
Over the past two years, Melbourne University Publishing CEO Nathan Hollier attended book fairs in Indonesia, India and Malaysia and researched the book markets in each country as part of...

Hope in chaos: Asphyxia on ‘Future Girl’ 

19 August 2020
Writer and artist Asphyxia's illustrated YA novel Future Girl (A&U, October) is set in an 'eerily plausible' dystopian Melbourne, and follows a Deaf teen Piper as she learns to embrace her...

Nathan Hollier on the Indonesian book market 

19 August 2020
Over the past two years, Melbourne University Publishing CEO Nathan Hollier attended book fairs in Indonesia, India and Malaysia and researched the book markets in each country as part of...

The unequal impact of Covid-19 on publishers 

29 July 2020
Although the major publishers appear to be holding up well in spite of the chaos wrought by Covid-19, it's a different story for many smaller publishers. Books+Publishing investigates the impact...

The golden age of middle-grade 

29 July 2020
In the four years since Danielle Binks wrote about the under-representation of middle-grade literature, the genre has exploded. Now a middle-grade author herself, Binks follows up with a look at...

Green dream: Ketan Joshi on ‘Windfall’ 

15 July 2020
Windfall: Unlocking a fossil-free future (NewSouth, September) is renewable energy industry insider Ketan Joshi's account of two decades’ worth of climate wars in Australia. 'The minutiae of climate science can...

Sensitive subjects: The value of sensitivity reading 

8 July 2020
Australian authors are increasingly employing sensitivity readers to ensure their representations of diverse characters are respectful and authentic. But who is regulating the practice, and what are the risks when...

Observational humour: Remy Lai on ‘Fly on the Wall’

8 July 2020
Remy Lai's middle-grade graphic novel Fly on the Wall (Walker, September) follows 12-year-old Henry Khoo, who goes on a solo international flight to Singapore without the knowledge of his overprotective family....

Bookselling during the ‘new normal’ 

1 July 2020
The financial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on Australian booksellers are varied, but the sense that bookselling is about more than simply selling books has been highlighted, with booksellers finding...

Community cup: Rawah Arja on ‘The F Team’ 

24 June 2020
Rawah Arja is a writer and teacher from Punchbowl, Sydney. In her debut YA novel The F Team (Giramondo, September), which is set in her home suburb, Arja explores family,...

Career Path: Middle Grade Mavens 

24 June 2020
Pamela Ueckerman and Julie Grasso are two self-described ‘author mums’ and the hosts of the podcast Middle Grade Mavens. They review children’s books, interview industry experts and discuss all things...