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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...

Bookshop tour: Scorpio Books, Christchurch 

20 July 2022
Established nearly 50 years ago, Scorpio Books is the biggest bookshop in the South Island of Aoteoroa New Zealand, and is considered an institution by many Christchurch locals. The well-loved...

Who is #BookTok-ing in Australia, and how 

13 July 2022
Around the world, publishers are attracting new readers and experiencing increased sales via the #BookTok hashtag on TikTok—but what about here? Jo Case looks at how Australian publishers, booksellers and...

Six key ingredients for BookTok success 

13 July 2022
With growth of #BookTok-recommended titles phenomenally outstripping the wider adult fiction market, publishers are keen to harness the platform and booksellers must keep an eye on what's trending. Jo Case...

Tracey Lien on ‘All That’s Left Unsaid’ 

12 July 2022
Tracey Lien's debut novel All That's Left Unsaid (HQ Fiction, September) blends a murder-mystery with a 'raw and honest' exploration of the Vietnamese-Australian experience in the late 90s. Reviewer Anthea Yang, who...

Life after Trump: Political books now 

6 July 2022
While the Australian federal election (and the Morrison government) is now behind us and Trump titles no longer dominate the category, books that explain the world we inhabit are still...

Melanie La’Brooy on ‘The Wintrish Girl’ 

5 July 2022
Melanie La'Brooy's The Wintrish Girl (UQP) is the first book in her 'Talismans of Fate' fantasy trilogy for middle-grade readers. Featuring magical creatures and new friendships, the book uses tropes...

Meet ABA Bookseller of the Year Melanie Peacock 

5 July 2022
Born and bred on Sydney’s north shore, winner of the 2022 Australian Booksellers Association Bookseller of the Year Melanie Peacock cannot walk past a bookshop without venturing in. Peacock started...

Melanie La’Brooy recommends 

5 July 2022
Somehow I made it through most of my life without ever reading a single book by Sir Terry Pratchett. It wasn’t until my teenage son became a Pratchett devotee and...

Books yule love: 2022 Christmas nonfiction 

29 June 2022
Books+Publishing rounds up Australian publishers’ top local adult nonfiction titles releasing in time for Christmas 2022. Memoir and biography Themes of joy, love and community run through two highly anticipated memoirs...

Tobias Madden recommends 

28 June 2022
A book I recently read and adored was Holden Sheppard’s upcoming YA novel The Brink (Text, August). On the surface, it’s a hard-hitting story about a group of school leavers...

Tobias Madden on ‘Take a Bow, Noah Mitchell’ 

28 June 2022
Tobias Madden's Take a Bow, Noah Mitchell (Penguin, September) is a Ballarat-set coming-of-age rom-com that follows teens Eli and Noah as they bond online and navigate meeting in person. Featuring...

Books yule love: 2022 Christmas fiction 

22 June 2022
Books+Publishing rounds up Australian publishers’ top local adult fiction titles releasing in time for Christmas 2022. Book club picks Among the releases due in the second half of 2022 are several...

BookUp 2022: Greening and gatekeeping 

16 June 2022
The second annual BookUp conference, presented by the Australian Publishers Association (APA), was held in Sydney on Thursday, 9 June. ‘At least 180 people engaged with the program this year,...

Sophie Cunningham recommends 

16 June 2022
I’ve just finished Bedtime Story by Chloe Hooper (S&S). It’s a beautiful book, about the act of story telling and about the traumas that sometimes lie at the heart of...

Sophie Cunningham on ‘This Devastating Fever’

15 June 2022
This Devastating Fever (Ultimo, September) is Sophie Cunningham's first novel in more than a decade. The novel interweaves the story of Leonard and Virginia Woolf and their friends in the Bloomsbury...

Grace Heifetz: insights from the Open Book pilot program

8 June 2022
The inaugural Open Book internship program received over 200 applications, with two successful applicants undertaking paid six-month internships this year, each with three different publishers and supported by an industry...

Meet the ABIA Rising Stars 2022: Mika Tabata 

8 June 2022
The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Rising Star of the Year is awarded to an emerging talent in Australian publishing who has spent less than 10 years in the industry....

Meet the ABIA Rising Stars 2022: Emily Hart 

6 June 2022
The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Rising Star of the Year is awarded to an emerging talent in Australian publishing who has spent less than 10 years in the industry....

The Collins Booksellers story 

1 June 2022
May this year marks the 100-year anniversary of Collins Booksellers, which was established by Fredrick Henry (Harry) Slamen in 1922. The company celebrated its centenary over the weekend, where it...

Meet the ABDA Emerging Designers of the Year: Mietta Yans 

1 June 2022
In the lead-up to the 70th Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) Awards, Books+Publishing spoke to the two shortlisted nominees for Emerging Designer of the Year. In this second instalment we meet Mietta Yans,...

Meet the ABIA Rising Stars 2022: Kate Lloyd 

1 June 2022
The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Rising Star of the Year is awarded to an emerging talent in Australian publishing who has spent less than 10 years in the industry....

July books reviewed 

31 May 2022
A round-up of local books to look out for in July, as recommended by Books+Publishing reviewers in the past month. Fiction Come July, three debut authors will see their books...

Claire G Coleman recommends 

24 May 2022
It’s not the last book I have read and loved but whenever I think of this question I am again struck by how much I loved the final book in...