When Books+Publishing asked Australian publishers, booksellers and industry leaders to share their predictions for 2020, uplifting fiction and nonfiction were widely predicted, as well as titles that offer practical solutions to address the climate catastrophe—particularly in the wake of Australia’s devastating bushfires. Several respondents also referred to the recent growth in Indigenous-authored books—both in Australia and internationally—as well as the ongoing popularity of health and personal development titles. For younger readers, respondents also predicted a demand for practical titles on sustainable living, as well as stories that provided comfort and humour in these anxious times.
In our first Think Australian newsletter for 2020 you’ll find a range of these titles on display, from our latest rights sales and acquisitions, award-winners and bestsellers to our London Book Fair preview.
This year we’ve made a few changes to Think Australian. We’ve combined our adult and junior editions to bring you one comprehensive monthly newsletter.
We’ve also partnered with Publishers Weekly and BookBrunch to distribute four special editions ahead of the London Book Fair, Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair and Shanghai Children’s Book Fair to over 75,000 subscribers. Six further issues of the newsletter will focus on Australian exports in key categories, including books with romance; crime and thrillers; and health, self-help and wellbeing titles. If you’re a Publishers Weekly or BookBrunch subscriber and want to make sure you receive each monthly issue, please sign up here.
Finally, if any international friends would like to help the Australian book community in raising funds for bushfire relief, there are still several ongoing campaigns. Dymocks Childrens Charities is running a national Bushfires Appeal to fund new books for students, schools and communities affected by bushfires; and Scribble publisher Miriam Rosenbloom has set up Art for Wildlife, an online store selling open-edition prints by illustrators that will raise money to address the long-term ecological impact of the fires. These initiatives follow the extraordinary #AuthorsForFireys campaign, which raised around $500,000 for bushfire relief.