Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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9 September 2020

Australia Council to hold online discussions about future of arts

The Australia Council has released a discussion paper ahead of two online ‘town hall’ meetings to discuss the future of the arts and culture industries... Read more
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Grattan Street Press shortlisted for higher education award

Grattan Street Press (GSP), the University of Melbourne’s teaching press, has been named a finalist in the Learning Experience category of the Australian Financial Review‘s... Read more

NT Writers Festival program announced

The program for this year’s NT Writers Festival, which runs from 1–4 October, has been announced. The festival’s theme is ‘Gunamidirra garawa birditj | when the... Read more
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No physical exhibitors at 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair

This year’s Frankfurt Book Fair won’t feature physical exhibitors due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reports the Bookseller. Organisers said it was no longer feasible to... Read more

Over 18k view virtual ILD, Booktopia and QBD make AFR top 500

At the time of writing, over 18,000 people have viewed this year’s virtual Indigenous Literacy Day event, which was streamed live on YouTube on Wednesday, 2 September.

Booktopia and QBD have made the AFR’s list of top 500 private Australian companies, with Booktopia reporting its sales increased by 150% during Victoria’s stage four lockdown. In other business news, Hardie Grant has acquired full ownership of its children’s publishing division.

The winners of this year’s Queensland Literary Awards, NSW Premier’s History Awards and Educational Publishing Awards were all announced this week, and shortlists were also announced for the Banjo Prize, Blake Poetry Prize and PANZ Book Design Awards. The longlist for this year’s Richell Prize was revealed, while the Emerging Writers’ Festival announced a new remote writing residency program.

Overseas, Penguin Random House (PRH) parent company Bertelsmann expressed interest in buying S&S as PRH reported a 1.4% drop in revenue for the first half of the year. Meanwhile, Bonnier Books UK is introducing flexible working for staff and Hachette UK has acquired gift and arts book specialist Laurence King Publishing.

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Light bulb moment: why stories of women in STEM are important

Books+Publishing’s Junior columnist Adele Walsh reflects how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go when it comes to the representation of... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Left Bank Literary has sold French translation rights to The Octopus and I (Erin Hortle, A&U) to Les éditions Dalva (Bourgois Publishing Group).... Read more


Bestsellers: 100-year-old Jaku reaches number one x

The Happiest Man on Earth, the memoir by 100-year-old Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku, has reached number one on the Australian bestsellers chart five weeks after... Read more


Lucky’s (Andrew Pippos, Picador) x

2002: Emily steps off the plane in Sydney, still reeling from an unexpected marriage breakdown. She’s here to write an article for the New Yorker... Read more


Songlines: The power and promise (Margo Neale & Lynne Kelly, Thames & Hudson)

The first in a series of six books introducing Indigenous knowledges, Songlines: The power and promise explains the use of mnemonics, or memory systems, in... Read more


Ernie’s Journey (David Woodland, Berbay) x

David Woodland’s debut picture book Ernie’s Journey is unmistakably influenced by his award-winning cinematic background. Its visual detail and narrative novelty are rich, and the... Read more


How to be a Real Ballerina (Davina Bell, illus by Jenny Løvlie, Little Hare Books) x

Many preschoolers go through a ballerina phase and Davina Bell and Jenny Løvlie’s latest picture book shows a little girl doing the utmost to be... Read more

Increasing diversity in STEM starts with kids books

‘Stories inspire, challenge and motivate. Real-life stories of success make the dream possible. How many more young readers would be inspired to pursue their STEM dreams if more Australian stories were visible and accessible?’In her latest column for B+P, Adele Walsh reflects on the depiction of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) in children’s literature.


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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