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20 May 2020


Hidden Scorpion

Hidden Scorpion 2nd edition is by Warren Reed, author of the intriguing real-world spy story An Elephant on Your Nose. ‘A finely crafted thriller by... Read more
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ABIA winners, Dymocks reduces online range, latest funding recipients and more

Last week, the ABIA awards were announced at a virtual event streamed live on YouTube, with Bluey: The Beach becoming the first children’s picture book to take home the top award.

As Covid-19 restrictions begin to ease, some NSW-based publishing staff have started returning to their offices. Also this week, Dymocks announced it has ‘significantly’ reduced the range of products available from its website, due to a backlog of orders stemming from the pandemic.

The Australia Council has announced its latest funding recipients, including Think+Do Tank Foundation, which will partner with children’s publisher Scribble on a mentorship program for  culturally and linguistically diverse writers, illustrators and translators. Meanwhile, WritingWA is the latest recipient of the Copyright Agency’s emergency funding.

The recipients of the 2020 black&write! fellowships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers have been announced, as has the shortlist for this year’s ALS Gold Medal and the longlist for the Peter Carey Short Story Award.

In news from the UK this past week, wholesaler Bertrams has been put up for sale; people are reading more under lockdown, but not necessarily buying more books; and Waterstones has revealed plans to put books handled by browsers under 72-hour quarantine. Meanwhile, US writer Bryan Washington has won the £30,000 (A$56,800) International Dylan Thomas Prize.

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Online programs to get young people reading and writing at home x

Junior columnist Adele Walsh shares some of the best online literary programming for young people that has sprung up since the Covid-19 lockdown began. The... Read more
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Tourist trap: Luke Horton on ‘The Fogging’

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... Read more


Rights round-up x

Acquisitions Fiction Simon & Schuster Australia’s Scribner imprint has acquired ANZ rights to short story collection Hold Your Fire (Chloe Wilson) from Rach Crawford at... Read more
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Bestsellers: Bluey back on top x

Bluey: The Creek is back at number one on the Australian bestsellers chart after a two-week hiatus. During that time Malcolm Turnbull’s memoir A Bigger... Read more


The Fogging (Luke Horton, Scribe) x

Luke Horton’s debut novel opens with its narrator Tom having a panic attack on the plane that is taking him and his girlfriend Clara from... Read more


Living on Stolen Land (Ambelin Kwaymullina, Magabala) x

From the title alone to the direct and unabashedly confrontational language, Living on Stolen Land does not equivocate on its message, which is to reiterate... Read more


Stars Like Us (Frances Chapman, Hardie Grant Egmont) x

Sixteen-year-old Australian music student Liliana is missing her home, family and friends while on exchange at exclusive Henley-on-Thames Music Academy in London. When the opportunity... Read more


Tiger & Cat (Allira Tee, Berbay) x

In this appealing debut picture book from Melbourne illustrator Allira Tee, two animals recognise the value of their close friendship. Tiger and Cat do everything... Read more

Youth literature programs move online

‘In the rush to keep so many IRL programs and events alive it feels as if there was more thought placed on the translation to digital than on the programs’ fundamental design. If you’re spending upwards of five hours on Zoom or Google Classroom every day, what is attractive about getting back on Zoom to passively watch a writer?’B+P‘s Junior columnist Adele Walsh argues that the best online literary programming for school students is that which is interactive and has been developed explicitly for and about young people.



Vale Judith Clarke

Children’s writer Judith Clarke has died, aged 76. Clarke was the author of 20 award-winning books for children and teenagers, including the YA novels My... Read more


Vale Beth Noble

Beth Noble, former owner of the Bay Bookshop in Bateman’s Bay, south coast NSW, died in Nyngan on Monday, 18 May. Noble was 69. The... 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



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