Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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7 October 2020


Inaugural $50k Historical Novel Prize longlist announced

The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) has announced the longlist for the inaugural ARA Historical Novel Prize. The HNSA has also confirmed sponsor ARA has... Read more
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Victorian literary orgs to receive Creative Vic funding

Creative Victoria has announced the 78 arts and cultural organisations that will share in $7.85 million in grants in stage two of its Strategic Investment... Read more


Hachette acquires Wilson picture book series x

Hachette Australia has acquired ANZ rights to a ‘funny and heartfelt’ picture book series by Australian comic actress Rebel Wilson. The ‘Bella the Brave’ series,... Read more
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Booktopia senior appointments, latest awards

This week Booktopia announced a slate of senior appointments, including a new CFO. Meanwhile, the Big Issue released its 2020 fiction edition line-up and the Queensland Poetry Festival received funding for a digital iteration.

The shortlists for the Barbara Jefferis Award and the Richell Prize were announced, as were the winners of the Michael Gifkins Prize and the international Arthur C Clarke Award. Also overseas, the proportion of UK YA writers has doubled since 2017, and UK and North American organisations have formed a new green book supply chain alliance.

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A most extraordinary year in books x

Australian Booksellers Association CEO Robbie Egan says readers are spoiled for choice this Christmas—but in addition to shopping local, they’ll have to shop early. Those... Read more
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Celebrating in a pandemic: Monash University Publishing turns 10 x

Several publishers had big plans for significant birthdays this year, until Covid came along. In the first of a series of birthday profiles, we hear... Read more


Outer limits: Philip Bunting on ‘Give Me Some Space!’ x

Philip Bunting’s picture book Give Me Some Space! (December, Omnibus) follows Una, whose determination to explore space results in a new mission—to take care of our... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction UQP has sold Italian-language rights to Too Much Lip (Melissa Lucashenko) to Edizioni Lindau. Children’s Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing has sold German rights... Read more


Bestsellers: New Harper debuts at number one x

Jane Harper’s fourth thriller The Survivors has debuted at number one on the Australian bestsellers chart, shifting last week’s number one debut down to second... Read more


Give Me Some Space! (Philip Bunting, Omnibus Books) x

Una is a singular girl on a mission: leave boring old Earth behind for greener pastures—or in this case, planets. Smart, determined and ingenious, she... Read more


The Odds (Matt Stanton, ABC Books) x

The lack of locally produced graphic novels for young Australians has been noted for some time now, but middle-grade and children’s author Matt Stanton has... Read more

Egan on Christmas bookselling in 2020

‘There will be no airfreighting of books into Australia for this Christmas. If it’s not here or in a container on a ship now it’s not going to be available.’ABA CEO Robbie Egan on the logistical issues facing the industry in the lead-up to Christmas this year.



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