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16 April 2020

Changes at Books+Publishing

Owner and publisher of Books+Publishing Gary Pengelly writes:  ‘Like everyone in the industry at this time, Books+Publishing continues to look for ways to contribute to... Read more
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Bookshops adapt to change: tell us your story

We know the situation for retailers is changing daily amid Covid-19 restrictions. We also know that many booksellers, in finding new ways to connect with... Read more

Lonely Planet shutters Melbourne office, industry adapts to lockdown and more

The economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic made itself known this week, with the news Lonely Planet reduced its publishing operations with immediate effect, including essentially shuttering its Melbourne and London offices.

Elsewhere, booksellers and publishers are continuing to adapt to business under lockdown—as is the Melbourne Writers Festival, which will deliver a smaller online program this year. Meanwhile, Covid-19 hastened the permanent closure of Andrew’s Bookshop in Melbourne.

Jess Hill was named the winner of this year’s Stella Prize for See What You Made Me Do, her investigation of domestic violence, Jack Heath won the IBBY Ena Noël award, and Adrian McKinty and Dervla McTiernan were shortlisted for an overseas thriller award.

In other overseas awards news, the shortlist for the Jhalak Prize and the winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction were announced. Also internationally, HarperCollins UK was the latest major publisher to furlough staff, while in Spain Penguin Random House introduced an online direct sales platform in response to Covid-19.

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Bookselling in the time of Covid-19 x

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... Read more


Spheres of influence: Ronnie Scott on ‘The Adversary’

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... Read more
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Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction HarperCollins has sold Czech translation rights to The Love That I Have (James Moloney) to JOTA, and Slovak translation rights to Fortuna Libri.... Read more


New Bluey debuts in top spot x

A new Bluey title—Bluey: Big Backyard—has debuted at number one, ending the four-week streak of Bluey: Easter Fun!, which was bumped down to second spot.... Read more


The Adversary (Ronnie Scott, Hamish Hamilton) x

Ronnie Scott’s debut novel The Adversary is set during what appears to be an uneventful Melbourne summer but actually sees a lot happening to its... Read more


The Trials of Portnoy: How Penguin brought down Australia’s censorship system (Patrick Mullins, Scribe)

Starting even before Federation and lasting until the early 1970s, the Australian government controlled what Australians could read. Yet today, as Patrick Mullins recounts in this scintillating account of the... Read more


Eloise and the Bucket of Stars (Janeen Brian, Walker Books) x

For nearly 13 years Eloise Pail has dreamed of a family and life outside the orphanage. But year after year Eloise is left under the... Read more


Landing with Wings (Trace Balla, A&U) x

In Landing with Wings, Trace Balla’s latest graphic novel–picture book hybrid, Miri and her mother have moved to a new home in the Victorian Goldfields,... Read more

Jess Hill on why we need to openly discuss domestic abuse

‘Part of the Australian story has been our struggle to face the difficult truths of our recent history. To me this is a book about what happens when there’s nothing in our culture to help us process these unseen forces, and instead they erupt behind closed doors. Our future depends on telling and reading these stories, not recoiling from them.’While accepting the Stella Prize for her nonfiction book See What You Made Me Do, Jess Hill argues that we need to talk more openly about domestic abuse and the society that enables it.


RiP Graeme Connolly x

Bookseller Graeme Connolly has died, aged 78. Connolly was a former director and CEO of the Melbourne University Bookshop and was a former Australian Booksellers... Read more


Read the latest Publishers Weekly x

Books+Publishing is partnering with US trade news magazine Publishers Weekly to provide our subscribers with exclusive access to the weekly digital edition of PW magazine.... Read more

The Walker Books Group announces sequel to classic international bestseller ‘Guess How Much I Love You’

The Walker Books Group announces the global publication on September 29 2020, of Will You Be My Friend?, a sequel to the beloved picture book Guess How Much I Love You.

In the quarter century since its debut, Guess How Much I Love You has become a contemporary classic, with two million copies sold in Australia, and more than 47 million copies sold in 57 languages worldwide. In Will You Be My Friend?, Little Nutbrown Hare sets out exploring on his own. This gentle story of burgeoning independence and first friendship will resonate with readers of all ages, and is destined to become another home and library bookshelf staple.

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