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22 July 2020


Fuller, Woods win 2020 Readings YA, children’s book prizes

Readings has announced the winners of its YA and children’s book prizes for 2020. Lisa Fuller was named the winner of the Readings Young Adult... Read more
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Shortlist for inaugural Matilda Children’s Literature Prize announced

HarperCollins Australia has announced the shortlist for the inaugural Matilda Children’s Literature Prize. The three shortlisted manuscripts are: ‘Exposed’ by Sandy Bigna, about a teenager... Read more

Federal government extends JobKeeper, cuts rate

The federal government has revealed changes to its JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme, with the program to be extended beyond its original September end-date—albeit at a... Read more
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Scribe acquires nonfiction anthology on class in Australia x

Scribe has acquired world rights to Cop this Lot: Writers on growing up class-conscious in Australia, an anthology of essays on the theme of social... Read more

Wakefield to publish #LoveOzYA horror anthology x

Wakefield Press will publish YA fiction anthology Hometown Haunts: #LoveOzYA Horror Tales, described as ‘the brainchild of acclaimed YA author and Wakefield Press staff member... Read more
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Winch wins Miles Franklin, Nielsen predicts book sales rebound and more

Tara June Winch has won the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award for her second novel The Yield (Hamish Hamilton), becoming the fourth First Nations writer to win the award in its 63-year history.

At the online ABA conference, Nielsen reported a huge pre-lockdown sales surge and predicted a rebound for the industry. In Melbourne, a number of publishers have worked with Readings and a community not-for-profit to donate more than 1000 children’s books to residents in public housing towers. Michaela McGuire has been appointed artistic director of Melbourne Writers Festival, while in other festival news, ACT Writers published an open letter about this year’s Canberra Writers Festival.

In awards news, the winners of the Griffith Review Novella Project were announced, as were the shortlists for the Davitt Awards and the shortlist for Kill Your Darlings’ Unpublished Manuscript Award.

Overseas, UK customers have expressed unease about returning to bookshops, while Frankfurt Book Fair has revealed details of its virtual program.

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Sales down but community spirit up: Melbourne booksellers enter second lockdown x

As Melbourne enters its second week of renewed lockdown, booksellers across the city are feeling disappointed yet buoyed by community support. On Thursday, 9 July... Read more


Magic man: Nicholas J Johnson on ‘Tricky Nick’ x

Magician Nicholas J Johnson’s debut book for children, Tricky Nick (Pan, September), won reviewer Annie Waters over in its first 20 pages. She spoke to... Read more


Bestsellers: Walliams takes top spot from Bluey x

After a month of Bluey titles in the top spot on the bestsellers chart, David Walliams’ The World’s Worst Parents has climbed its way to... Read more


Poly (Paul Dalgarno, Ventura) x

Spouses Chris and Sarah are trying something new—after years without sex, but still in love and keen to remain a family unit, they’ve agreed to... Read more


Show Me Where It Hurts: Living with invisible illness (Kylie Maslen, Text) x

Imagine living with an invisible illness. For 20 years, Kylie Maslen has been doing just that: her chronic pain and bipolar II (the latter undiagnosed... Read more


The History of Mischief (Rebecca Higgie, Fremantle Press) x

The History of Mischief is an exploration of family, grief and the power of stories, with a pseudo-historical twist. Nine-year-old Jessie is struggling with the... Read more


Tricky Nick (Nicholas J Johnson, illus by Russell Jeffery, Pan) x

I’m usually suspicious of books written by performers, celebrities or adult writers turning to children’s fiction, but Tricky Nick won me over in the first... Read more

Publishers need to release more work in Indigenous languages x

‘Having our languages become normalised and celebrated is going to positively affect our future generations. It will psychologically change them. Having a linguistic connection to the past doesn’t just change the tongue, it changes the heart and the mind.’newly crowned Miles Franklin winner Tara June Winch on the importance of publishing work in Indigenous languages.


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

Kunahlan leaves Text; Lloyd appointed marketing manager x

Shalini Kunahlan has resigned from the position of marketing manager at Text Publishing. Kunahlan leaves the position on 24 July 2020 and will be replaced... Read more



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