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23 September 2020


Police procedural ‘Flood Debris’ wins 2020 Banjo Prize

HarperCollins Australia has named Dinuka McKenzie the winner of the 2020 Banjo Prize for her ‘gripping, pacy police procedural’ Flood Debris. McKenzie’s manuscript was chosen from... Read more
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Varuna Writing NSW 2020 fellowships announced

The recipients of the annual Varuna Writing NSW fellowships have been announced. Kylie Boltin was awarded the general fellowship for her novel Snake Bite. Writing... Read more


Affirm acquires middle-grade fantasy series x

Affirm Press has acquired world rights to a four-book middle-grade fantasy series by Samantha-Ellen Bound, via Danielle Binks and Jacinta di Mase of Jacinta di... Read more
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Oz YTD bestsellers, Rabble to no longer stock J K Rowling, latest awards

Books by Trent Dalton, Scott Pape and Bluey have topped Nielsen BookScan’s Australian charts for the year to the end of August.

Perth bookshop Rabble Books and Games will no longer stock new books by J K Rowling, following the author’s comments on transgender issues.

The ABA will host a Love Your Bookshop Day event on Facebook Live, while this year’s National Young Writers’ Festival program—which is running as an all-digital event—has been launched.

The winners have been revealed for this year’s Viva La Novella prize, Colin Roderick Award and both the Blake and ACU poetry prizes. In New Zealand, winners have been announced for the Book Industry Awards and the Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize. Meanwhile, in the US, Iranian–Australian writer Shokoofeh Azar has been longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award for Translated Literature.

Overseas, the shortlist for this year’s Booker Prize has been announced; Penguin Random House has announced plans to publish the first volume of Barack Obama’s presidential memoir in November; and, in the US, both HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster have added diversity-focused directors.

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Caravan of dreams: Kerry Ridley on My Little Bookshop x

Kerry Ridley is the owner of My Little Bookshop, a mobile bookseller that travels around Perth and regional Western Australia. Here she shares her bookseller’s... Read more
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Fend for yourselves: Katrina Nannestad on ‘We Are Wolves’

Katrina Nannestad’s new middle-grade novel is based on the real-life Wolfskinder, East Prussian children who were left to survive on their own in the aftermath of... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Shaw Literary has sold French rights to Rodney Hall’s 1988 novel Captivity Captive to L’arbre Vengeur. Simon & Schuster has sold Polish rights... Read more


Bestsellers: New ‘Dog Man’ takes top spot x

After spending a week in the top spot, Yotam Ottolenghi’s new cookbook has slipped to number two, replaced by Dav Pilkey’s latest ‘Dog Man’ children’s... Read more


Factory 19 (Dennis Glover, Black Inc.) x

Dennis Glover’s second novel, an intriguing potential unveiling of our very near future, is crafted with a light touch and a satirical sense of humour.... Read more


One Day I’ll Remember This: Diaries 1987–1995 (Helen Garner, Text) x

The second volume of Helen Garner’s diaries picks up right where the first left off. It’s 1987 and her daughter, having graduated high school, is... Read more


Dog (Shaun Tan, A&U) x

This is Shaun Tan doing what he does best. Carrying an elegant tension between joy and sadness, Dog left me in a puddle of emotion.... Read more


We Are Wolves (Katrina Nannestad, ABC Books) x

In We Are Wolves, middle-grade author Katrina Nannestad, creator of the ‘Olive of Groves’ and ‘Girl, the Dog and the Writer‘ series, moves confidently into... Read more

Rabble takes Rowling off the shelf

‘Whilst stocking a book isn’t an endorsement (good grief, that would be a minefield), and we will always take orders for books that aren’t in stock, there are more worthy books to put on the shelf, books that don’t harm communities and won’t make us sad to unpack them.’Perth bookshop Rabble Books and Games attracted media attention this week for a Facebook post outlining why it is choosing not to keep books by J K Rowling in stock.



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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