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Meet literary agent Jacinta di Mase 

14 April 2021
As the pandemic keeps rights sellers from meeting face-to-face, Books+Publishing is shining a regular spotlight on the work of Australian rights agents. Today, we hear from  Jacinta di Mase, the founder and lead agent...

Meet the ABIA Rising Stars 2021: Pooja Desai 

14 April 2021
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. In...

May reviews round-up 

8 April 2021
In May Anita Heiss will release her latest work of historical fiction, Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams), which reviewer Joanne Shiells loved and said deserves to be read by all...

Alice Pung on ‘One Hundred Days’ 

7 April 2021
One Hundred Days (Black Inc., June), Alice Pung's first novel for adults, is described as a fractured fairytale about 16-year-old Karuna, who is locked in her family's housing commission flat...

Shirley Marr on ‘A Glasshouse of Stars’ 

31 March 2021
Perth author Shirley Marr's fourth children's book, A Glasshouse of Stars (Puffin, May), is a semi-autobiographical middle-grade novel inspired by Marr's experiences growing up as a first-generation Chinese–Australian migrant. Reviewer...

Meet literary agent Alex Adsett 

24 March 2021
As the pandemic keeps rights sellers from meeting face-to-face, Books+Publishing is shining a regular spotlight on the work of Australian rights agents. Today, we hear from Alex Adsett, a literary agent representing authors across...

Anita Heiss on ‘Bila Yarrudangga-langdhuray’ 

23 March 2021
Anita Heiss's new historical novel Bila Yarrudanggalangdhuray (S&S, May), the first Australian commercial fiction release to feature the title on the cover solely in an Aboriginal language, follows protagonist Wagadhaany,...

April reviews round-up 

3 March 2021
With Mother's Day just around the corner, April is chock full of great literary book club titles. Jacqueline Maley's debut novel The Truth About Her, about a journalist juggling motherhood,...

Katherine Rajwar on interning at Hachette 

3 March 2021
The annual paid Hachette Australia summer internship was established in 2020 as part of a suite of activities the company has created to attract new talent into book publishing. Katherine...

How international book markets performed in 2020 

24 February 2021
Through the PubMagNet initiative—a collaboration between book industry trade magazines from around the world—representatives from publications in the UK, US, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Japan, Brazil and China have shared...

Sara Haghdoosti on ‘Sunburnt Veils’

23 February 2021
Sara Haghdoosti's debut YA novel Sunburnt Veils (Wakefield, April) follows protagonist Tara as she navigates relationships, racism and political activism during her first year of university. Reviewer Mischa Parkee said...

Meet Scholastic Australia rights manager Claire Pretyman 

Claire Pretyman 17 February 2021
As the pandemic keeps rights sellers from meeting face-to-face, Books+Publishing is shining a regular spotlight on the work of Australian rights agents. Today, we hear from Scholastic Australia rights manager Claire Pretyman. How...

Christmas 2020 survey results 

17 February 2021
Over the past week, Books+Publishing has published the results from its latest annual Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. The survey included feedback from over 60 bookshops around Australia, with...

The state of accessible publishing in Australia 

10 February 2021
Last year, Sydney University's Agata Mrva-Montoya undertook research into the issues affecting the production of accessible books in Australia. Mrva-Montoya conducted surveys aimed at Australian publishers and disability organisations involved...

March reviews round-up 

2 February 2021
March looks to be a strong month for nonfiction, with a couple of big-name releases receiving glowing write-ups from Books+Publishing's (B+P) reviewers. Sarah Krasnostein's follow-up to her juggernaut biography The...

Starting small: Emily Riches on Aniko Press 

28 January 2021
Sydney-based writer and editor Emily Riches started Aniko Press—a new literary small press that includes a biannual print magazine and online book reviews—in early 2020, and has plans to begin...

Meet Pantera Press rights manager Katy McEwen 

20 January 2021
As the pandemic keeps rights sellers from meeting face-to-face, Books+Publishing is shining a regular spotlight on the work of Australian rights agents. Today, we hear from Pantera Press rights manager Katy McEwen. How...

February reviews round-up 

9 December 2020
Looking ahead to February 2021, two forthcoming crime novels, The Silent Listener (Lynn Yeowart, Viking) and The Second Son (Loraine Peck, Text), garnered glowing reviews from Books+Publishing’s crime aficionados, while...

Debut fiction you might have missed in 2020

9 December 2020
For all those readers who spent this year's lockdowns catching up on classics or re-reading comforting favourites, never fear—Australia’s independent booksellers have voted for the best debut fiction of 2020...

A Christmas message to European bookshops

9 December 2020
Dearest bookshops of Europe, This time last year I was sitting on the train in the dark en route to the cosiest place in London. I feel the only way...