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1 July 2020

WA Premier’s Book Awards shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Premier’s Prize for an emerging... Read more
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John Marsden prize renamed Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers

Hachette and Express Media have confirmed YA author Will Kostakis will take over from John Marsden as mentor of the 2020 John Marsden/Hachette Australia Prize... Read more


Ballarat Books, Warrnambool Books, Link Educational to rebrand as Campion Education

Following its acquisition of Victorian educational specialists Ballarat Books, Warrnambool Books and Mount Waverley-based Link Educational last year, the Campion Group will rebrand all three... Read more
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Indian writer Pandey named overall winner of 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Indian writer Kritika Pandey has been named the overall winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her story ‘The Great Indian Tee and... Read more

Workers share salaries for transparency, new Wheeler Centre CEO and more

A spreadsheet inviting Australian publishing workers to share their salaries is circulating on social media, with about 70 staff so far having shared information including their job titles, wage, gender identity, ethnicity and years of experience.

Former Sydney Writers’ Festival artistic director and CEO Caro Llewellyn has been appointed CEO of the Wheeler Centre, replacing Michael Williams in the role. Last week the federal government announced a $250 million creative support package following the Covid-19 pandemic, while the Copyright Agency announced the latest Cultural Fund grant recipients.

Writers Ellen van Neerven and Omar Sakr are to host a new UQP poetry podcast, while last week van Neerven  was also named the recipient of a Civitella Ranieri Center Fellowship in Italy.

The ABA has revealed the shortlists for its Bookseller of the Year awards. In other awards new this week, Charmaine Papertalk Green won the ALS Gold Medal for her poetry collection Nganajungu Yagu (Cordite), while the longlists for the Colin Roderick Award and New Zealand’s Ngaio Marsh Award were announced.

In the UK, Pan Macmillan, Nosy Crow and Candice Carty-Williams were among the winners at the British Book Awards. The UK book industry is also showing signs of improvement, with book sales up 30% as bookshops reopen and furloughed UK publishing staff returning to work.

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Bookselling during the ‘new normal’ x

The financial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on Australian booksellers are varied, but the sense that bookselling is about more than simply selling books has... Read more


Witnessing the future: Kate Mildenhall on ‘The Mother Fault’ x

The Mother Fault (S&S, September), Kate Mildenhall’s genre-bending follow-up to her 2016 debut Skylarking (Black Inc.), portrays a ‘spine-tingling vision of a future Australia—eerie in... Read more


Rights round-up x

Acquisitions Children’s/YA Text Publishing has acquired world rights to four manuscripts that were shortlisted for the 2020 Text Prize: Red-Bottomed Boat (Charlie Archbold), The Museum... Read more


Bestsellers: anti-racism workbook tops fastest movers chart x

Bluey continues to dominate the bestseller charts, with four Bluey titles in the top five, including All About Bluey, which is spending its second consecutive... Read more


The Burning Island (Jock Serong, Text) x

To read The Burning Island is to feel, very often, ‘all at sea’. Much of the novel takes place on the ocean, sure, but more... Read more


The Mother Fault (Kate Mildenhall, S&S) x

This gripping and thoughtful novel offers a spine-tingling vision of a future Australia—eerie in its potential realism—in which citizens’ movements are tracked and climate change... Read more


Vida: A woman for our time (Jacqueline Kent, Viking) x

It’s a sad fact that most Australians are unaware of the correct pronunciation of Vida Goldstein’s name (a long ‘i’ in both), let alone that... Read more


Aunty’s Wedding (Miranda Tapsell & Joshua Tyler, illus by Samantha Fry, A&U Children's) x

There are few picture books about weddings for young children, who are naturally curious about this important ceremony. This story takes the charming perspective of... Read more


The Wolves of Greycoat Hall (Lucinda Gifford, Walker Books) x

Author and illustrator Lucinda Gifford brings us a refreshing and humorous tale with The Wolves of Greycoat Hall, the first book in a new junior... Read more

Heiss on the surge in sales of Indigenous books

‘This increase in passion, in the desire to learn, to understand, to be part of the necessary process of change that requires ALL of society’s citizens to participate—that passion is needed, it is inspiring, it is helpful, and it gives hope. But it doesn’t come without a lot of extra work on the part of Indigenous people, and an enormous amount of handholding.’author Anita Heiss on the surge in sales of Indigenous books, and the inundation of questions asked of First Nations writers in the wake of the Black Lives Matter and Aboriginal Lives Matter movements.



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

Cooper joins UQP

UQP has appointed Chloë Cooper to the role of sales executive. Cooper has worked at Avid Reader and Where the Wild Things Are since 2016.... Read more

Gray joins Five Mile

Jacqui Gray has been appointed to the existing position of trade sales manager at Five Mile. Gray began the position on 9 June 2020.

Zerbi joins Five Mile

Rocco Zerbi has been appointed to the existing position of sales director at Five Mile. Zerbi began the position on 15 June 2020.

American university presses sales representation and distribution changes

The following publishers would like to announce new sales and distribution partnerships in Australia and New Zealand from 1 July 2020.

Princeton University Press
NewSouth Books for representation (marketing@newsouthbooks.com.au)
Alliance Distribution Services for distribution (adscs@alliancedist.com.au)

Columbia University Press
Harvard University Press
University of California Press
University of Chicago Press
Yale University Press
Wiley Australia for representation and distribution




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