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The facts on 2024’s nonfiction releases 

6 December 2023
From big names and literary subjects, to politics, the environment and history, from personal development to crochet, sex guides to cookbooks, publishers pick their top nonfiction titles for 2024. Familiar...

Reading into the year ahead: 2024 fiction and poetry preview 

29 November 2023
Debuts, historical fiction, crime and thrillers, contemporary fiction, romance and fantasy, literary fiction and shorter works—Australian publishers share their top picks in fiction and poetry for 2024, from intergenerational family...

Sharlene Allsopp recommends

29 November 2023
Burn by Melanie Saward. My favourite writers grip my heart with the reality of grief and loss, but leave me with hope and beauty at the same time. When I...

Sharlene Allsopp on ‘The Great Undoing’ 

28 November 2023
Sharlene Allsopp's debut novel, The Great Undoing (Ultimo, February 2024), 'is a remarkable book that reaches back into the early 20th century and forwards into the future to examine discontinuities...

Victoria Carless recommends

22 November 2023
I read and loved Limberlost by Robbie Arnott earlier this year. It is a quiet novel, ostensibly about a boy called Ned, who hunts rabbits for their pelts to buy a boat...

AI: The next, best editorial tool? 

22 November 2023
Editors Rose Michael, Sharon Mullins, Renée Otmar and Katherine Day ask how AI tools might work, or be made to work, for editorial. Back when Rose was editor of the...

Rising Stars on AI 

22 November 2023
How do the publishing industry's rising stars feel about AI? Editors Rose Michael, Sharon Mullins, Renée Otmar and Katherine Day are interested in how AI tools might work, or be made...

Ingram’s David Taylor on POD

22 November 2023
David Taylor is senior vice president at Ingram Content Group and has responsibility for Ingram’s print-on-demand (POD) activities outside Ingram’s US base. These include the Ingram-owned Lightning Source businesses in...

AI and AR at the Sharjah Publishers Conference 

15 November 2023
Each year, the Sharjah International Book Fair brings publishing professionals to the United Arab Emirates through its fellowship program. Agata Mrva-Montoya, from the University of Sydney, reports on her first...

Victoria Carless on ‘Lani and the Universe’ 

14 November 2023
Victoria Carless is a Brisbane-based author who has written for middle-grade readers and young adults, and for theatre. Her debut novel, The Dream Walker (Hachette, 2017), was nominated for the Queensland...

Yumna Kassab on ‘Politica’ 

31 October 2023
Yumna Kassab is a writer from Western Sydney. She is the author of The House of Youssef (Giramondo, 2019), Australiana (Ultimo, 2022), and The Lovers (Ultimo, 2022). She has been listed...

Sara M Saleh on ‘The Flirtation of Girls’ 

24 October 2023
Sara M Saleh is an award-winning human rights lawyer and author. She follows her debut novel, Songs for the Dead and the Living (Affirm, 2023), with her first published poetry...

Michelle Upton on ‘Emergency Exit Only’ 

17 October 2023
Originally hailing from Birmingham, England, Michelle Upton now calls the Redlands Coast in Queensland home. Her debut novel Terms of Inheritance (HarperCollins, 2022) was shortlisted for the 2021 Banjo Prize,...

Introducing Key People 

11 October 2023
Earlier this year, publishing professionals Lou Johnson and Jeanne Ryckmans set up a new literary agency, Key People Literary Management. With a connection going back to their time as colleagues...

The Community Publishing Research Project

11 October 2023
The Community Publishing in Regional Australia project team comprises academic researchers Beth Driscoll, Kim Wilkins, Sandra Phillips and Alexandra Dane. With funding from the Australian Research Council, the project runs...

Amplify Bookstore’s summer picks 

4 October 2023
Amplify Bookstore is an independent online bookseller specialising in books by Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) authors, founded by Jing Xuan Teo and Marina Sano. Here, they share their top...

Lucy Treloar on ‘Days of Innocence and Wonder’ 

26 September 2023
Lucy Treloar's Salt Creek (Picador, 2015) claimed the Dobbie Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the UK's Walter Scott Prize, while her second novel,...

Sport and sportspeople in Australian youth literature 

Cover image of Sam Kerr Kicking Goals Journal, featuring a photo of Sam Kerr in the centre and various small drawings, such as lightning bolts and shooting stars, around 20 September 2023
Former bookseller Georgia Strobel recently undertook research into how sport and sportspeople are represented in Australian children's literature. Here, she shares her findings. Earlier this year I was lucky enough...