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26 August 2020


OzCo report: more Australians reading for pleasure x

The number of Australians reading for pleasure has increased over the three years to 2019, according to the Australia Council’s fourth National Arts Participation Survey,... Read more
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RWA awards 2020 winners announced

The winners of the 2020 Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) Romantic Book of the Year awards, known as the Ruby Awards, have been announced. The... Read more


Ned Kelly Awards 2020 shortlists announced

The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the shortlists for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for Australian crime writing. The shortlisted works in each... Read more
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Hardie Grant, RMIT announce new narrative nonfiction prize

Hardie Grant Books and RMIT Writing and Publishing have established a new biennial developmental prize for narrative nonfiction. Open to published and unpublished Australian writers,... Read more

Indigenous Literacy Day to stream on YouTube; Lui to curate new A&U imprint

The ILF will hold its annual Indigenous Literacy Day celebration as a ‘visual event’ on its YouTube channel on Wednesday, 2 September.

Allen & Unwin has announced that writer, actor and director Nakkiah Lui is to curate a new imprint at the publisher, while Declan Fry and Jessie Tu have been appointed Age/SMH emerging book critics. Meanwhile, Canberra Writers Festival’s live events sold out amid ‘strong uptake’ for its streamed offerings.

In awards news, the winners of this years ABDAs were announced, as was the shortlist for Readings’ New Australian Fiction Prize. Meanwhile, Magabala has announced a new fellowship for mid-career writers.

Overseas, US publishing sales were down 4.2% in the first half of 2020, while the winners of the James Tait Black and Pen/Ackerley prizes were announced.

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Nathan Hollier on the Indian book market x

Over the past two years, Melbourne University Publishing CEO Nathan Hollier attended book fairs in Indonesia, India and Malaysia and researched the book markets in... Read more


Adventure time: Shivaun Plozza on ‘The Boy, the Wolf and the Stars’

Shivaun Plozza’s middle-grade debut The Boy, the Wolf and the Stars (Puffin, 20 October) is a fantasy adventure about a boy who is tasked with returning... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Penguin Random House Australia has sold German translation rights in Where the Rekohu Bone Sings (Tina Makereti) to w_orten & meer; Romanian translation... Read more


Bestsellers: ‘Midnight Sun’ spends second week in top spot x

Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Twilight Saga’ spinoff Midnight Sun is spending its second consecutive week at the top of the Australian bestseller chart after debuting at number one... Read more


A Different Kind of Seeing (Marie Younan with Jill Sanguinetti, Scribe) x

This is a simply told tale of an extraordinary life. Marie Younan’s memoir unravels twin narratives: being blind in a seeing world and being part... Read more


Living With the Anthropocene (ed by Cameron Muir, Kirsten Wehner & Jenny Newell, NewSouth) x

‘You’re not alone’ is one of the key threads in this collection of essays. That and ‘deep grief’ for what we know and don’t know... Read more


The Boy, the Wolf and the Stars (Shivaun Plozza, Puffin) x

Young readers with an insatiable hunger for adventure will love The Boy, the Wolf and the Stars, a timeless new novel from Shivaun Plozza. A... Read more


How to Make a Bird (Meg McKinlay, illus by Matt Ottley, Walker Books) x

For those children who revel in the natural environment, particularly fossils and bones, How to Make a Bird is a delight. According to the young... Read more

The Guardian on the coming flood of new releases

‘The books business can sometimes feel like fast fashion—pile ’em high, move ’em along a couple of weeks later to make space for the next new thing. This speed is inimical to the way in which books are actually read, and to the slow and unpredictable ways in which a culture is actually enriched.’—the Guardian on the glut of new releases to be published in September, and how small publishers can be left behind in terms of sales.


Vale John Bangsund

Editor John Bangsund has died, aged 81. Bangsund edited the Hugo Award–nominated fanzine the Australian Science Fiction Review in the late 1960s, helped organise the... Read more


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 joins Hardie Grant, Collins promoted to communications director

Shalini Kunahlan has joined Hardie Grant Publishing as head of marketing for Hardie Grant Books and Hardie Grant Travel. Kasi Collins, who led the successful... Read more

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