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Book industry orgs support climate strike

18 September 2019
Booksellers, publishers and other industry organisations across Australia are participating in the global climate strike, taking place on Friday, 20 September. With almost 100 locations across Australia registered to strike,...

Drawn to writing: Rove McManus on ‘Disgusting McGrossface’ 

18 September 2019
Aussie television personality Rove McManus makes his foray into children’s books with picture book Disgusting McGrossface (Scholastic, September) and younger readers novel Rocky Lobstar (Scholastic, October). Kelsey Oldham spoke to...

Book designer spotlight: Hannah Janzen

18 September 2019
Hannah Janzen began designing books at Sydney design studio Xou Creative, before turning to freelance, specialising in children’s books. She was recently elected president of the Australian Book Designers Association...

Book designer spotlight: Sarah Davis

11 September 2019
After working for over a decade as a freelance picture book illustrator and designer, Sarah Davies joined Walker Books Australia as associate art director. She spoke to Books+Publishing for our ‘book...

We don’t need a map: The growth in illustrated travel titles 

11 September 2019
Travellers are looking beyond traditional guidebooks for recommendations and inspiration—and publishers are finding new niche audiences in a shifting travel market. Andrea Hanke investigates the growth in illustrated travel titles....

Place of exchange: Jane Stratton on Lost in Books 

4 September 2019
Lost in Books is a multilingual children’s bookshop in Fairfield, Sydney. A project of the Think+Do Tank Foundation, the shop’s mission is to celebrate and support multilingual literacy and creativity....

Book designer spotlight: Andy Warren

4 September 2019
Andy Warren began his career at Hardie Grant before moving exclusively into children’s books at Five Mile. His recent designs include an award-winning range of publications celebrating Barbie’s 60th birthday....

Puffin grants in New Zealand 

28 August 2019
As part of Puffin’s upcoming 80th anniversary, the publisher offered grants valuing up to NZ$5000 each to bookstores to fund initiatives to get kids reading. Brad Jefferies chatted to three...

Book designer spotlight: Ngaio Parr

28 August 2019
Independent designer and illustrator Ngaio Parr has worked with publishers including Penguin, Thames & Hudson, Hachette, Hardie Grant and Pantera Press. ‘I’m a little different to most book designers in...

Book designer spotlight: Peter Long

21 August 2019
Peter Long worked as a designer in theatre and film before moving across to the book industry, where he has worked as a freelancer for most of his career, aside...

Baker & Taylor’s retail exit 

14 August 2019
In early May, Baker & Taylor (B&T) announced it was closing its retail wholesale business—choosing instead to focus on the library market. Brad Jefferies asked local booksellers what this means...

Book designer spotlight: Sandy Cull

14 August 2019
Sandy Cull spent ‘12 wonderful years’ as a designer at Penguin Australia—where she designed the first two editions of Stephanie Alexander’s The Cook’s Companion—before returning to freelance in 2006. She...

Melbourne Writers Festival interrogates love

9 August 2019
‘When We Talk About Love’ is the heart-interrogating theme of this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival, which runs from 30 August to 8 September, with sessions that explore ‘our love for people,...

Book designer spotlight: Evi O

7 August 2019
Evi O spent a decade working as a designer at Penguin Books Australia, where she specialised in illustrated books on food, design, art, architecture and gardens, before opening her own...

Making time to read: Australian Reading Hour 

31 July 2019
This year Australian Reading Hour will publish a range of affordable children’s books to be sold in the lead-up to the 2019 event. Brad Jefferies spoke to ARH chair Louise Sherwin-Stark. The...

What we’re reading in winter 

31 July 2019
Sarah Farquharson: During the Easter break I read and loved Ashleigh Young’s collection of personal essays Can you Tolerate This? (Giramondo), so I’m looking forward to picking up a copy...

All hands on deck: Inside The Little Bookroom with Michael Earp

31 July 2019
Situated in Melbourne’s inner north, The Little Bookroom is Australia’s oldest dedicated children’s bookshop. In his bookseller’s diary, children’s literature specialist Michael Earp reveals how a combination of experience, new ideas...

Book designer spotlight: Mark Campbell

31 July 2019
Mark Campbell got his break in the book industry at Hardie Grant Books, where he worked in marketing before moving over to design. He is currently head of design at...

Holiday book haul: Junior Christmas 2019 preview 

24 July 2019
Kelsey Oldham rounds up some local highlights from publishers’ 2019 Christmas lists. (See our adult fiction and nonfiction highlights here.) Aussie favourites Some of our most celebrated Australian children’s authors...

Good tidings we bring: Christmas 2019 preview 

24 July 2019
Sarah Farquharson rounds up this year’s top locally authored Christmas titles. (See our kids and YA Christmas highlights here.) Blockbuster fiction The small press with one of the biggest books...

Book buyer spotlight: James Bennett’s buying team

17 July 2019
Australian library supplier James Bennett’s 11-strong buying team combines expertise from the bookselling, library and publishing sectors. Buyer Louise Oliver spoke to Books+Publishing for our ‘book buyer spotlight’ series. How long...