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17 June 2020


Creative Vic Sustaining Creative Workers grants announced

Creative Victoria has announced the first recipients of its Sustaining Creative Workers initiative, created as part of the Victorian Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.... Read more
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Billie B Brown optioned for TV

Fremantle and development partner 720 Creative have acquired screen rights to the children’s book character Billie B Brown, from the junior fiction series written by... Read more


Pantera Press Foundation donates $85k in FY2020

Pantera Press has announced the company has donated $85,000 via the Pantera Press Foundation this financial year. Its donations include a total of $70,000 in... Read more
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New Magabala First Nations cadetship, latest awards and more

Magabala Books has announced a new cadetship for First Nations publishing professionals, which includes on-the-job training, professional development and sustainable employment, with mentorship from Magabala publisher Rachel Bin Salleh. Meanwhile, the Australia Council has announced a new fund to support First Nations creatives following the disruption caused by Covid-19.

The organisers of the Clunes Booktown Festival have launched a free online platform to survey and connect book clubs, and the Book Grocer is celebrating 20 years since the chain opened its first store in Kingston in the ACT.

Sophie Overett was named winner of this year’s Penguin Literary Prize, and Andrew Roff has won the Peter Carey Short Story Award. The shortlist for the Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction was announced, while in the UK, Jane Harper and Adrian McKinty were shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier crime award.

In the UK, the winners of the Wolfson History Prize and the Walter Scott Prize have been announced. Also overseas, Wiley reported its revenue was up and profit down in the 2020 financial year, while US publishing sales fell 16% in April.

And a reminder: this afternoon the shortlist for the Miles Franklin Literary Award is being announced live on YouTube at 4pm. To see the longlist for the award, click here.

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Every unhappy family: S L Lim on ‘Revenge’ x

S L Lim’s second novel Revenge: Murder in Three Parts (Transit Lounge, September) follows teenage Yannie, who is bound by familial obligations to care for... Read more
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Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction Black Inc. has sold UK Commonwealth (excluding ANZ) rights to The Beat of Life: A surgeon reveals the secrets of the heart (Reinhard... Read more


Bestsellers: New Connelly thriller at number one x

Despite fierce competition from the latest ‘Hunger Games’ novel and two new Bluey titles debuting in the top 10 this week, Michael Connelly’s adult thriller... Read more


Either Side of Midnight (Benjamin Stevenson, Michael Joseph) x

When TV presenter Sam ‘Mr Midnight’ Midland shoots himself on live TV, documentarian Jack Quick is watching from the prison cell his last production got... Read more


How to Win an Election (Chris Wallace, NewSouth) x

Journalist and historian Chris Wallace’s How to Win an Election can be read two ways. Firstly, as an autopsy of Labor’s shock 2019 defeat, and... Read more


Revenge (S L Lim, Transit Lounge) x

S L Lim’s riveting sophomore novel opens with a disturbing scene of sibling abuse. Yannie, a shy and book-loving teenage girl, lives in the shadow... Read more


The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn (Kate Gordon, UQP) x

Kate Gordon won the IBBY Ena Noël Award in 2016 and her YA novel Girl Running, Boy Falling was longlisted in the 2019 CBCA Awards... Read more


Sunflower (Ingrid Laguna, Text) x

When Jamila’s oldest friend is granted a visa to move from Iraq to Australia with her family, Jamila is over the moon. But Mina’s arrival... Read more

Children’s authors are caretakers—especially when it comes to trans kids

‘Countless times I have met young trans people who thank me for writing the trans characters that I do. I recognise what’s in their eyes: it is relief. It is relief that there is space for them in the world. It is the same relief I feel when I meet them: the knowledge that we’re not alone, and despite transphobic rhetoric, we’re here and we will continue to be here.’—YA author Alison Evans responds to J K Rowling’s essay outlining the reasons why she is ‘concerned’ about the ‘new trans activism’.



Vale Jesse Blackadder

Author Jesse Blackadder has died after a short illness, aged 56. In addition to writing books for children and adults, Blackadder was a judge for... Read more


Vale Deb Brash

Book designer Deborah Brash has died. Brash worked with publishers including ABC Books, Allen & Unwin, Art Gallery of NSW, Murdoch Books and Simon &... 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

Corcoran, Wood join S&S

Simon & Schuster Australia has appointed Kirstin Corcoran to the newly created position of marketing and publicity manager, based in Melbourne, and Jade Wood as... Read more

Lloyd appointed UQP senior editor

Margot Lloyd has been appointed senior editor at the University of Queensland Press, starting 6 July. Previously, Lloyd was publisher at Wakefield Press, where she... Read more

Books+Publishing mailing address

A reminder that all mail should be sent to Books+Publishing’s PO box in Prahran, Melbourne. Books+Publishing PO box 42 Prahran, VIC, 3181 Australia

Livestream event: Q&A with ILF program team

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is hosting a livestream event this Thursday, 18 June at 6pm on the ILF Facebook page. This is an opportunity... Read more

Penguin Random House Australia to distribute MIT Press

As a result of MIT Press moving its sales and distribution to Penguin Random House in the US, Penguin Random House Australia will take over distribution in Australia from Footprint Books, effective 1st July 2020. Footprint Books will accept AUTHORISED returns in accordance with their policy provided goods are returned before July 10th, 2020. Please contact Footprint Books on (02) 9997 3973 or email sales@footprint.com.au for any queries on such returns.

Please contact Penguin Random House customer service on 1800 33 88 36 or orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au for any other queries on the MIT Press list.


Hatton appointed Campaign Manager Murdoch Books

Sarah Hatton will join Murdoch Books as campaign manager on 8 July, replacing Lisa Harrison. Hatton has worked in the publishing industry for over 25 years, and most recently as publicity manager for Scholastic Australia.




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