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30 September 2020


The Turning Page Bookshop to become co-op x

The owners of the Turning Page Bookshop in the Blue Mountains suburb of Springwood, NSW are in the process of transforming the business into a... Read more
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Affirm acquires Bontempelli picture book x

Affirm Press has acquired world rights to a children’s picture book by Western Bulldogs AFL player Marcus Bontempelli, via Tom Petroro of TLA. To be... Read more

UK, North American bodies form green book supply chain alliance

The UK’s Book Industry Communication (BIC) has formed an international green book supply chain alliance with Canada’s BookNet and US body the Book Industry Study... Read more
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QBD, Dymocks petition Vic premier to reopen Melbourne stores; Hachette to boost ADS capacity

Bookselling chains QBD and Dymocks have each written to Victorian premier Daniel Andrews asking that bookstores be allowed to open in Melbourne, which has been under stage four lockdown since early August.

Hachette has announced a $2.5m investment in its distribution business Alliance Distribution Services. WestWords and Booktopia have launched a ‘Booktober’ fundraiser, while this year’s Australian Short Story Festival has been cancelled.

In awards news this week, the winners of the Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women were announced, as were the recipients of the Varuna Writing NSW 2020 fellowships. The shortlist for the Vic Prem’s History Award 2020, while Little Pink Dog Books announced a new prize for author/illustrators.

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Christmas buyers’ picks: Ruth Ellis at WHSmith x

In the lead-up to Christmas 2020, Books+Publishing is asking book buyers across the country to share what titles they’re investing in for the busiest time of year... Read more
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Bestsellers: New Galbraith novel debuts at number one x

J K Rowling’s new Cormoran Strike crime novel, written under the Robert Galbraith pseudonym, has debuted at number one the Australian bestsellers chart, shifting last... Read more


Boy on Fire: The young Nick Cave (Mark Mordue, Fourth Estate) x

After 35 years of communication with Nick Cave, 10 of them actively spent researching a biography which eventually grew to Moby Dick proportions, Mark Mordue... Read more


I Want to be a Superhero (Breanna Humes, illus by Ambelin Kwaymullina, Magabala) x

A little girl in a homemade blanket cape wants to be a superhero, and not just any superhero, she wants to fly! Breanna, the girl... Read more

The Booker moves its winner’s announcement—to accommodate a book release

‘We thought it unfortunate that two of the most exciting literary events of the year—the announcement of the winner of the 2020 Booker Prize and the publication of Barack Obama’s memoirs—were due to fall on the same day, so we’ve decided to give readers a couple of days’ breathing space.’Booker Prize Foundation literary director Gaby Wood on the unprecedented decision to move this year’s Booker Prize announcement to avoid clashing with the release of Barack Obama’s new memoir.



Vale Ross Burgess

Ross Burgess, owner of Mary Ryan’s Noosa, has died after an illness. Burgess and his wife Susan took over the franchise in 2010, which had... 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

Beyer joins ABA

Claire Beyer has joined the Australian Booksellers Association, replacing Anne Johnston in the role of administration and social media.

Cullity joins Scribble

Tess Cullity has joined Scribble as an editor. Cullity, previously an editor at Hardie Grant Egmont, began in the role on 10 September.

Griffin joins IPEd

Peter Griffin has been appointed membership director on the board of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd). Griffin is general manager of the Real Estate... Read more

Congratulations Emma Viskic

A very special congratulations to Darkness for Light author Emma Viskic on being the joint winner of the Readers’ Choice Award for Sisters In Crime’s 20th Davitt Awards.

This marks Emma’s fifth Davitt Award for her Caleb Zelic series—three for Resurrection Bay and one each for And Fire Came Down and Darkness for Light.

Read the Media Release.




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