Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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12 August 2020

Auckland booksellers enter stage three lockdown

In New Zealand, Auckland bookshops have entered stage three lockdown for at least three days as the country responds to four new cases of Covid-19... Read more
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CBCA Book Week 2020 postponed to October

This year’s CBCA Book Week, which usually runs in late August during term three, will now take place in term four, from October 17–23. The... Read more

Future of Writing NSW under threat, new government funding guidelines and more

The future of Writing NSW is under threat after the organisation missed out on multi-year Create NSW funding.

In pandemic-related news, the federal government has released guidelines for its $75m RISE and $35m Arts Sustainability funds, and last week it announced changes to the JobKeeper wage subsidy program.

More than a dozen Arab-Australian writers are auctioning signed books to support victims of last week’s explosion in Beirut. In other news, Simon Woodley has bought ALS Library Services and former Lonely Planet Asia Pacific marketing manager David Parritt has joined the ABA.

The winners of the WA Premier’s Book Awards have been announced, as have the shortlists for the NSW Premier’s History Awards, the Queensland Literary Awards and New Zealand’s Ngaio Marsh Award. Meanwhile, A&U has announced a new $25,000 crime fiction prize.

Overseas, HarperCollins’ global revenue was down 5% for the year to 30 June, while WHSmith is planning a restructure that could see 1500 jobs go.

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Meet the ABDA Emerging Designers of the Year: Vanessa Masci

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. In this second... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Children’s Affirm Press has sold Turkish rights to the following titles to Kültür Yayınları İş Türk A.Ş: How To Be A Giraffe (Thea Baker);... Read more
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Bestsellers: Latest Robotham debuts at number two x

As Bluey: Big Backyard spends its third consecutive week at the top of the Australian bestsellers chart, Michael Robotham’s latest thriller is this week’s highest... Read more


All Our Shimmering Skies (Trent Dalton, HarperCollins) x

Backdropped by the 1942 bombing of Darwin, Trent Dalton’s All Our Shimmering Skies is a macabre, dreamlike fable interrogating greed and intergenerational trauma. At the... Read more


Loss Adjustment (Linda Collins, Awa Press) x

The unimaginable horror of losing a beloved only child to suicide concentrated Linda Collins’ mind, producing this extraordinary book. The pain of her loss suffuses... Read more


Piper Picks the Perfect Pet (Caroline Tuohey, illus by Nicky Johnston, Ford St) x

From the alliterative title alone, you know this picture book must be read out loud to the little ones. Piper Picks the Perfect Pet even... Read more


This One is Ours (Kate O'Donnell, UQP) x

In her second novel, Kate O’Donnell, author of Untidy Towns, delivers an insightful and earnest coming-of-age story brimming with humanity. This One is Ours takes... Read more

Kate Forsyth on the importance of Writing NSW

‘I may never have achieved my lifelong dream of being a published writer without Writing NSW. As a young unpublished author, I attended courses, publishing seminars, and literary festivals in its beautiful grounds, and was encouraged, inspired and taught my craft. I have now published more than 40 books in 20 countries, but I will never forget what an important influence Writing NSW had upon my career.’—bestselling author Kate Forsyth responds to the NSW state government’s decision to defund Writing NSW.



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

Croggon joins the Saturday Paper, Tan joins Meanjin

Author and critic Alison Croggon has joined the Saturday Paper as arts editor. Croggon was previously reviews editor at Meanjin and will be replaced in... Read more

Lorne Beach Books

After more than 40 years in the book trade, Meryl and David Bartak are happily passing on the baton. July 31st was our last day at Lorne Beach Books.

A big thank you to all the publishers and sales reps who helped and supported us over the years, both here in Lorne, and at Black Mask Books in South Yarra.

The new owners, Caroline and Wayne Bryant, would gladly appreciate all the support and knowledge that we had during our time in the trade.

Meryl and David can be contacted on: david.bartak13@gmail.com, 0407 325 977.


Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Pip Karmel to adapt Genevieve Gannon’s bestselling book ‘The Mothers’ for TV

Allen & Unwin are thrilled to announce Genevieve Gannon’s bestselling book The Mothers is set to be adapted for television by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Pip Karmel in conjunction with Screen NSW and Goalpost Television.

Set in suburban Sydney, this gripping family drama was inspired by a real-life case of an IVF laboratory mix-up.

The series, filmed in Greater Sydney, will highlight major NSW talent.


Debut novel ‘A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing’ in stock and available now

Following an amazing first month of sales, Allen & Unwin have reprinted and are back in stock of the dazzling debut A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu. Since publication in July 2020, Allen & Unwin have over 20,000 copies in print.

Reviews include:

‘It’s fierce and brilliant. Can’t put it down.’—ANNABEL CRABB

‘I absolutely inhaled this book. Gutsy, bold and surprising.’—BRI LEE

‘A truly bold and audacious new voice.’—ALICE PUNG

To order, please contact UBD.




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