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Behind closed doors: Victoria Hannan on ‘Kokomo’ 

3 June 2020
Kokomo (Hachette, August), the debut novel from Melbourne writer Victoria Hannan, is an intergenerational saga that centres on Mina and her mother Elaine, and their neighbours the Chengs. Reviewer Ellen...

The magic of bricks-and-mortar 

27 May 2020
As Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed and stores begin to reopen, long-time sales rep Mandy Wildsmith argues that bricks-and-mortar bookshops are here to stay. Nineteenth-century Melbourne entrepreneur E W Cole was...

Tourist trap: Luke Horton on ‘The Fogging’

20 May 2020
Luke Horton's debut novel The Fogging (Scribe, July) follows two Australian academics as their relationship breaks down while on holiday in Bali. Reviewer David Little described The Fogging as 'a...

Will Covid-19 permanently change the book industry? 

29 April 2020
As booksellers and publishers innovate their businesses in response to the Covid-19 lockdown, Books+Publishing's columnist Veronica Sullivan looks at which of their measures are only temporary, and which may be...

Bookselling in the time of Covid-19 

16 April 2020
In late 2019 Readings marketing and events coordinator Ellen Cregan was selected as one of four booksellers to participate in the Melbourne City of Literature’s Bookseller in Residence program. Little...

Ten rules for successful remote working

1 April 2020
Pantera Press CEO Alison Green has extensive experience in working from home. Here, she shares her 10 rules for WFH success in a time of social distancing, explaining that ‘it's...

Literary awards go digital

25 March 2020
Following the federal and state governments’ bans on mass gatherings in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, organisers of literary awards are turning to live-streaming their ceremonies to replace their scheduled...

Australian bookshops respond to Covid-19

18 March 2020
Australian booksellers, like many retailers, are facing a big challenge right now. At this stage some shops have moved to online only, but many stores remain open and are trying...

The elephant in the room: Chris Flynn on ‘Mammoth’

28 February 2020
Chris Flynn’s third novel Mammoth (UQP, May) handles an ambitious conceit and makes it work, according to reviewer Brad Jefferies. Narrated by the fossil of a 13,000-year-old mammoth, the novel...

The bookseller’s dilemma: What bookstores won’t stock 

26 February 2020
As conversations proliferate about cultural appropriation in literature, debates about whether—and how—bookstores should stock controversial books have been renewed. In her first column for 2020, Books+Publishing's new columnist Veronica Sullivan...

Why are booksellers leaving Leading Edge? 

26 February 2020
A number of Australia’s most prominent independent booksellers are leaving Leading Edge Books in favour of a new buying group set up by the Australian Booksellers Association. Sarah Farquharson reports....

How did international book markets perform in 2019? 

19 February 2020
Representatives from trade publications in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden and China have shared insights with Books+Publishing on how their respective markets fared in 2019. Across the regions,...

Spheres of influence: Ronnie Scott on ‘The Adversary’

3 February 2020
Ronnie Scott’s debut novel The Adversary (Hamish Hamilton) follows an unnamed protagonist as he navigates gay friendship and wrestles with self-doubt over the course of a hot Melbourne summer. Scott spoke...