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24 June 2020

Age/SMH seeks ‘greater diversity of applicants’ for book critic roles

The Nine-owned Age and Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) newspapers will reopen applications for two book critics, following the resignation of Jack Callil and Bec Kavanagh. Kavanagh... Read more
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Taylor & Francis acquires A&U academic lists x

Taylor & Francis Books has acquired Allen & Unwin’s (A&U) academic and professional books lists, which represent over 700 titles in the humanities and social... Read more


White wins 2020 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction

Emily White has won the 2020 Lip magazine Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction for their short story ‘Swampy’. ‘The unique and immediately engaging archival formatting... Read more
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Hardie Grant acquires Ablett autobiography

Hardie Grant Books has acquired world rights to AFL player Gary Ablett Jr’s autobiography. The fully illustrated book will include guest chapters from his father... Read more

Macmillan US sets up inclusive management team; CEO steps back

In the US, Macmillan Publishing will establish a 13-member trade management committee to set goals and objectives for its trade publishers, divisions and departments, reports... Read more
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Miles Franklin shortlist, White leaves UWAP and more

The six titles shortlisted for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award have been revealed, ahead of the winner’s announcement on 16 July. In other awards news from the past week, Shaun Tan won the UK’s Kate Greenaway Medal for distinguished illustration in a book for children and young people, Kathryn Hind won the UK Society of Author’s Betty Trask Prize for her novel Hitch, and Mireille Juchau won the 2020 Pascall Prize for arts criticism.

Director of UWA Publishing Terri-ann White has left the publisher after 14 years, as the future of the organisation remains unclear. Distributor Footprint Books is to close at the end of October, while former APA strategy and policy manager Sarah Runcie has been appointed as CEO of the Brisbane Writers Festival, which has confirmed it will run in May 2021. Meanwhile, research for the First Nations and People of Colour Writers Count has commenced.

Fremantle Press has announced a new anthologyUnlimited Futures: Speculative, Visionary Blak+Black Fiction, to be co-curated with independent online publication Djed Press, while Hachette has acquired ANZ rights to Jamie Marina Lau’s novel Gunk Baby.

In the UK, publishing staff are sharing their salaries to promote pay transparency, while wholesaler Bertrams has entered administration after months of uncertainty.

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Career Path: Middle Grade Mavens x

Pamela Ueckerman and Julie Grasso are two self-described ‘author mums’ and the hosts of the podcast Middle Grade Mavens. They review children’s books, interview industry... Read more


Community cup: Rawah Arja on ‘The F Team’

Rawah Arja is a writer and teacher from Punchbowl, Sydney. In her debut YA novel The F Team (Giramondo, September), which is set in her... Read more


Bestsellers: Five Bluey titles in top 10 x

It’s been a big week for Bluey. As Puffin announced that the series has sold over 1 million copies, the latest Bluey board book, All... Read more


Broken Rules and Other Stories (Barry Lee Thompson, Transit Lounge) x

In this accomplished debut, Barry Lee Thompson makes delicate inquiries into the passage of time through a series of loosely linked, often coming-of-age stories. Several... Read more


Hazelwood (Tom Doig, Viking) x

During a heatwave in February 2014, brown coal ignites within Hazelwood Power Station’s open-pit mine, causing a fire that burns for 45 days and sends... Read more


Hysteria: A memoir of illness, strength and women’s stories throughout history (Katerina Bryant, NewSouth) x

In this ambitious debut, Katerina Bryant blends memoir, biography, history and cultural analysis in an effort to deconstruct the complex cultural frameworks that inform our... Read more


Sorrow and Bliss (Meg Mason, Fourth Estate) x

Martha is sick. She’s been sick since she was 17 years old, and a cocktail of pills in varying doses has never made a difference... Read more


The F Team (Rawah Arja, Giramondo) x

Tariq is a smart kid, he just lacks the motivation to achieve his full potential. At least, that’s what he has always been told, living... Read more


Howl (Kat Patrick, illus by Evie Barrow, Scribble) x

Maggie is having one of those days: the sky too blue, the moon too bright, the spaghetti too long. It almost goes without saying that... Read more

Data is integral to promoting the value of books

‘Data, and reliable credible data, is critical to being able to talk to policy makers and politicians. Particularly when talking about the economic and cultural value of the book industry. I think data will remain a stumbling block for the industry without collective industry will and action.’New Brisbane Writers Festival CEO Sarah Runcie reflects on her past six years as the Australian Publishers Association’s policy and strategy manager.



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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Footprint Books to close

It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of Footprint Books at the end of October, 2020. Due to sudden and serious health issues for my husband and co-director we regret that we have been forced to make the decision to close our doors. We are so very sorry for the inconvenience that this may cause, especially at a such a difficult time for everyone.

This is quite a complicated exercise as publishers choose different new partners so please find important information below.

  • A number of publishers are moving at June 30th, 2020. This has already been announced to the trade with a returns cut off June 30, 2020.
  • Woodslane will make an announcement this week about the publishers that will be available from them from August 1st 2020. Please contact us or Woodslane on 02 8445 2300 or email info@woodslane.com.au for a list of publishers if you missed this announcement.
  • We will cease invoicing for these publishers COB July 24, 2020
  • All backorders will be passed over to Woodslane as at July 31, 2020 for those publishers
  • AUTHORISED returns in accordance with our returns policy will be accepted until COB July 31st, 2020 for these publishers. Please contact our customer care team on (02) 9997 3973 or email sales@footprint.com.au for any queries on such returns.
  • Second Semester textbooks will be available from Footprint Books on behalf of the following publishers, American Psychiatric Assoc; American Psychological Assoc; Brookes Publications; Guilford Publications; Human Kinetics; SAGE; and Scion. Please contact Kate O’Reilly kateor@footprint.com.au for details of supply.

Please ensure this information is passed on to all relevant members of your team.

We wish to thank everyone for their support over the past 20+ years.

Kate O’Reilly & Simon Player


Taylor & Francis acquires Academic and Professional lists of Allen & Unwin

Taylor & Francis Books Ltd are pleased to announce the acquisition of the Academic and Professional books lists of Allen & Unwin, comprising over 700 titles in HSS disciplines. All other publishing activity from Allen & Unwin is unaffected by this acquisition and continues to be performed by Allen & Unwin. From 1 July 2020 these academic and professional titles will be distributed, together with all other Taylor & Francis books, from XL Express. Allen & Unwin will continue to sell these titles on behalf of Taylor & Francis until the 30th June 2020, according to their standard terms and conditions.

During the coming weeks we wish to ensure that any disruption is minimised, therefore we would like to draw your attention to the following important details regarding the change:


Effective from the 1 July 2020, all orders should be sent to Taylor & Francis Customer Service, XL Express, orders@tldistribution.com.au


Returns of any of Allen & Unwin’s academic and professional titles can be sent in the usual manner to United Books Distributors up until 30th June 2020. After that date, returns requests should be directed to XL Express. Taylor & Francis will accept returns of Allen & Unwin’s academic and professional titles, even if purchased from Allen & Unwin, under the same returns’ terms offered by Allen & Unwin.


All payments for outstanding balances must continue to be made payable to the office that originated the relevant invoices and by the due date. All future orders through Taylor & Francis Customer Service will be invoiced under Taylor & Francis’ discounts and payment terms.

For any general queries please contact books@tandf.com.au


Manchester University Press partners with NewSouth Books for Australia and New Zealand distribution

Manchester University Press is pleased to announce a new partnership with NewSouth Books, for sales and distribution in Australia and New Zealand. NewSouth Books will oversee Manchester University Press’ advancement into academic and trade markets in this territory, as well as advise Manchester University Press on regional specific activities. The new partnership is effective from 1 August 2020.

Simon Ross, CEO at Manchester University Press, spoke about the motivation behind the move to NewSouth Books: ‘We have a long tradition of publishing scholarship from Australia and New Zealand and look forward to working with a partner who understands the value and diversity of publishing that university presses worldwide produce.’

Kathy Bail, CEO of UNSW Press, welcomed Manchester University Press: ‘We’re thrilled to be working with this excellent team. Our distribution and sales services will help MUP advance its mission in our region and its innovative and distinctive publishing program aligns with our own. MUP books deserve a wide audience and we look forward to introducing them and engaging many more readers.’

From 1 August 2020 all orders for MUP titles should be sent to Alliance Distribution Services.

Phone: (02) 4390 1300
Email: adscs@alliancedist.com.au

Authorised returns relating to books invoiced by Footprint should be sent to Footprint by 31 July 2020.


Changes to King’s Road Distribution

Distribution of King’s Road imprints including Big Picture Press, Templar Publishing and Studio Press will move from Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) to Allen & Unwin from 1 August 2020.

Orders via HGE will be accepted and fulfilled by HEDS up to 17 July 2020. The cut off for acceptance of physical stock for authorised returns processing is 28 August 2020.

Allen & Unwin will start accepting and processing orders via UBD from 1 August 2020.




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