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2 September 2020


Everything in its Right Place

‘Powerful and urgent. Crackling with energy and wit, a dark joyride of a read, its danger and beauty announcing a roaring new talent.’—Roger Averill ‘Equal... Read more
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Indigenous Literacy Day goes live around Australia

Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) ambassador Jessica Mauboy and long-time supporter Archie Roach invite all Australians to join the national, virtual Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD) celebrations today,... Read more

New parliamentary inquiry into Covid-19 impact on arts

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts will report on Australia’s cultural and creative industries and the impacts of the Covid-19... Read more
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APA Books From Australia website to promote titles at Frankfurt x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) will promote members’ titles to international publishers on a new export-focused website. According to the APA, the Books from Australia... Read more

Inaugural Write North residency recipients announced

Create NSW and Byron Writers Festival have announced the recipients of the inaugural Write North Writers’ Group Residency, worth almost $40,000. The successful mid-career and... Read more
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PANZ Book Design Awards 2020 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2020 Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Best... Read more


HarperCollins acquires four Hawkins novels x

HarperCollins Australia has acquired ANZ rights to two adult novels and world rights to two children’s novels by Kelli Hawkins via Melanie Ostell at Melanie... Read more


Scribner acquires new Falconer nonfiction work x

Scribner Australia has acquired ANZ rights to Delia Falconer’s new nonfiction work Signs and Wonders from Jane Novak at the Jane Novak Literary Agency. Building on... Read more

PRH revenue down 1.4% in first half of 2020; Bertelsmann ‘interested’ in buying S&S

Bertelsmann, the parent company of Penguin Random House (PRH), has reported that the publisher’s global revenue fell 1.4% in the first half of 2020 compared... Read more

Over 30k attend MWF Digital, new bookshop for Noosa, latest awards

This year’s Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF)—which ran as a digital event due to the Covid-19 pandemic—attracted around 34,200 attendees.

A new ‘profit for purpose’ bookshop has been announced for Noosa Heads following the news that Mary Ryan’s Noosa—the only bookshop in the area—is to close. Also this week, the Australian Society of Authors said that the federal government has failed to adequately respond to calls for PLR/ELR digital expansion.

In awards news, the winners of the National Biography Award and the RWA Awards were announced, as were the shortlists for the Nib Literary Award, the Ned Kelly Awards and the Hungerford Award. Meanwhile, SCBWI, and Hardie Grant and RMIT announced new prizes for illustrators and narrative nonfiction respectively.

Overseas, the first phase of the ‘smart’ Beijing Book Fair has begun, and Dutch author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld has won the International Booker Prize.

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Nathan Hollier on the Malaysian 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


Outsider art: Sofie Laguna on ‘Infinite Splendours’

Infinite Splendours (A&U, November), Sofie Laguna’s fourth novel for adults, charts the life of eccentric, artistic outsider Lawrence Loman. Conveyed through poetic prose that ‘creates... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction HarperCollins has sold North American rights to The Girl in the Painting (Tea Cooper) to Thomas Nelson. Nonfiction HarperCollins has sold Korean translation... Read more


Bestsellers: ‘Bluey: My Dad is Awesome’ reaches number one x

After making its debut at number one on the Australian bestsellers chart and spending two weeks there, Midnight Sun has dropped down to second spot,... Read more


Infinite Splendours (Sofie Laguna, A&U) x

Miles Franklin–winner Sofie Laguna’s fourth novel tells the story of Lawrence, a boy from a small western Victorian town near the Southern Grampians mountain range.... Read more


Little Jiang (Shirley Marr, illus by Katy Jiang, Fremantle Press) x

Born under a confluence of inauspicious signs and hitherto haunted by all manner of hungry ghosts, it’s difficult for Mei to dismiss her aunt’s firmly... Read more


Scary Bird (Michel Streich, Scholastic) x

A lively little book, Scary Bird puts diversity, adjustment and acceptance into an understandable parable for little listeners (though plenty of big listeners would also... Read more

Lack of diversity remains an issue within the book industry

‘How can we expect anything other than a white and middle-class way of looking at the world if the key decision-makers are predominately white and middle-class? Diversity isn’t a trend, it’s a lived experience—claiming otherwise reduces FNPOC experiences down to the equivalent of a trending flame icon on Booktopia.’—Camha Pham for Kill Your Darlings on the continued lack of diversity in the Australian publishing industry despite increased demand for books by First Nations writers and people of colour.


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

Glover, Murphy join APA

Stuart Glover has joined the Australian Publishers Association as government relations manager and Mitchell Murphy has joined the association as technical business support analyst.

HarperCollins Publishers: the new home of Egmont Books (UK)

HarperCollins Publishers is pleased to advise that effective 28 December, 2020 it will become the new home for Egmont Books (UK) in ANZ, taking over from Hardie Grant with January 2021 new titles onwards.

As the list transitions from Hardie Grant to HarperCollins, customers are asked to ensure that all payments for outstanding balances are made payable to the publisher that originated the relevant invoices and by the due date. Approved returns of Egmont Books (UK) sold by Hardie Grant will be accepted until 26 February, 2021. After this date, returns will only be accepted for titles sold and invoiced by HarperCollins Publishers.

All orders for January 2021 and beyond will be invoiced under HarperCollins’ discounts and payment terms.

Customers requiring further information are advised to contact HEDS Commercial Services on 1300 551 721.




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