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5 August 2020


Queensland Literary Awards 2020 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2020 Queensland Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of... Read more
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Shortlists for 2020 NSW Premier’s History Awards announced

The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) has announced the shortlists for the 2020 NSW Premier’s History Awards, worth $15,000 each. The shortlisted works in each... Read more


Byron Writers Fest releases digital program, Langton delivers 2020 Thea Astley Address

The annual Byron Writers Festival (BWF) Thea Astley Address, presented by Marcia Langton this year, will be available as a podcast, and the festival is... Read more
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HarperCollins acquires Mattinson’s ‘We Were Not Men’ x

HarperCollins has acquired ANZ rights to Campbell Mattinson’s debut novel We Were Not Men, from Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown. ‘It only took the first... Read more


Wakefield acquires Parker’s ‘Endo Days’ x

Wakefield Press has acquired world rights to journalist Libby Trainor Parker’s debut nonfiction book, which has the working title Endo Days: Life, love and laughs... Read more
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Melbourne bookshops close under stage four restrictions, new project to digitise out-of-print works

Under stage four lockdown restrictions introduced on Sunday, Melbourne bookshops have closed to the public and can only operate online or via the contactless click and collect method.

The ASA, University of Melbourne and Australian public libraries are working on a pilot project to digitise, lend and sell out-of-print works, and the Digital Australian Government Style Guide is in public beta. Meanwhile, Writers SA and the Adelaide Review have announced a new year-long series of book reviews, focusing on titles published during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In library news, SLV has launched a new web series featuring policy experts responding to the Covid-19 crisis, while two major Victorian library services have signed with Civica for the Spydus LMS.

In awards news this week, the winners of the Queensland Poetry Festival awards and the NZ Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced, as has the shortlist for the 2020 Colin Roderick Award. Elizabeth Manning Murphy has won IPEd’s inaugural Janet Mackenzie Medal for an outstanding professional editor.

Overseas, the French and Italian markets are on the mend following Covid-19 shutdowns earlier in the year. Meanwhile, the winners of the Hugo Awards, Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and Caine Prize for African Writing have all been announced.

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Meet the ABDA Emerging Designers of the Year: Akiko Chan

In the lead-up to the 2020 Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) awards, Books+Publishing spoke to the two shortlisted nominees for Emerging Designer of the Year.... Read more


Glowing up: Claire Christian on ‘It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake’ x

Claire Christian’s second novel It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake (Text, October) is a queer romantic comedy that follows the eponymous Noni, who decides to overhaul... Read more


Rights round-up x

Acquisitions Fiction Transit Lounge has acquired world English-language rights to Travelling Companions (Antoni Jach) (see news). Nonfiction Black Inc. has acquired world rights to We’ve Got... Read more


Bestsellers: ‘The Yield’ cracks top 10 x

Bluey: Big Backyard is spending its second consecutive week at number one on the Australian bestsellers chart, while Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s Women and Leadership... Read more


It's Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake (Claire Christian, Text) x

Claire Christian’s first adult novel is billed as a contemporary romantic comedy and while there is a delicious romance plot, the true love story is... Read more


Soar: A life freed by dance (David McAllister, Thames & Hudson) x

As both a star principal dancer and tenured artistic director, David McAllister is a reliable chronicler of Australia’s recent ballet history. In his memoir Soar,... Read more


Bindi (Kirli Saunders, illus by Dub Leffler, Magabala) x

Multi–award winning author and poet Kirli Saunders turns her talent to junior fiction with this wonderfully engaging verse novel, which won the inaugural WA Premier’s... Read more


Wolfred (Nick Bland, Hardie Grant Egmont) x

Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy the engaging rhymes, quirky illustration and straightforward messaging of this new tale from popular picture book author Nick Bland. When... Read more

Bookshops need support during the Covid-19 pandemic

‘Bookshops are at the heart of our communities, especially in Melbourne, the first and only City of Literature in Australia and the second in the world. Bookshops are also the backbone of our strong writing and publishing industry. We all need bookshops to be here when this pandemic ends.’Fiona Stager, owner of Avid Reader in Brisbane, stands in solidarity with Melbourne bookshops currently trading under stage four restrictions.



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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