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14 October 2020


The Rock: Looking into Australia's ‘Heart of Darkness’ from the edge of its wild frontier

Aaron Smith’s new memoir holds up a unique mirror to Australia. What he sees is at once amazing, disturbing and revealing. The Rock explores the failings of... Read more
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BookUp: APA announces online panels

The Australian Publishers Association (APA), which in March postponed its planned one-day BookUp conference due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will instead present a series of... Read more


New $10k Albert Ullin Award for children's book creators

The Victorian branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) will administer a new $10,000 award for children’s book creators, established with a bequest... Read more
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HarperCollins acquires Benns’s ‘The Dying Diplomats’ Club’ x

HarperCollins has acquired world rights to The Dying Diplomats’ Club, a ‘Nick and La Contessa novel’ written by the Daily Telegraph editor-at-large Matthew Benns. Benns began... Read more

Industry pushes for early Christmas shopping; Australia Reads to stream on YouTube

The ABA and APA have launched a new campaign to encourage Australians to do their Christmas shopping early as the global supply chain strains under the pressure of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Australia Reads campaign is hosting a series of live YouTube events ahead of this year’s Australian Reading Hour on 12 November. In other news, online bookseller Booktopia is reportedly planning a December IPO, Audible has partnered with local arts bodies for new Australian content, and programs have been announced for the Bad Sydney Crime Writers and Word for Word Nonfiction festivals.

In awards news, Grace Lucas-Pennington won Overland’s Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize, while shortlists were announced for the Bragg Prize for Science Writing and the Deborah Cass Prize, as was the longlist for the inaugural Historical Novel Prize. Overseas, US poet Louise Glück was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize for Literature, and the shortlists for the National Book Awards were revealed.

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Celebrating in a pandemic: Thames & Hudson Australia turns 50 x

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


Meet UQP rights and contracts manager Kate McCormack x

In the lead up to this year’s virtual Frankfurt Book Fair, Books+Publishing’s sister publication Think Australian profiled UQP rights and contract manager Kate McCormack about her rights... Read more


Christmas buyers’ picks: the Booktopia team x

In the lead-up to Christmas 2020, Books+Publishing is asking book buyers across the country to share which titles they’re investing in for the busiest time of... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Jenny Darling & Associates has sold Simplified Chinese rights to The Natural Way of Things (Charlotte Wood, A&U) to Beijing White Horse Time;... Read more


Bestsellers: Dalton tops chart in massive week for local books x

In a big week for Australian new releases, five locally authored books have debuted in the top 10 bestsellers chart, including this week’s new number... Read more


Black Summer (ed by Michael Rowland, ABC Books) x

This excellent anthology won’t be the final word on the 2019–20 Black Summer fires but it contains some of the very best words you can... Read more


The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman (Julietta Henderson, Bantam Australia) x

Norman Foreman isn’t your average 12-year-old: he’s obsessed with classic British comedy, he’s got raging psoriasis, and he and his best mate Jax have a... Read more


An Amazing Australian Road Trip (Jackie Hosking, illus by Lesley Vamos, Walker Books) x

This cheerful picture book employs a lively rhyming narrative alongside factual snippets, creating a unique reading experience that is sure to appeal to fans of... Read more

Four years after Dylan, another American wins the Nobel

‘You never know what the Swedish Academy is going to do. I didn’t think they would go back to America so quickly, but it’s really a righteous award, and a beautiful one. They picked one of the best poets writing in the world.’Poet and former Ecco publisher Daniel Halpern responds to US poet Louise Glück being awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature only four years after Bob Dylan received the prize.



Vale Ania Walwicz

Poet, writer and teacher Ania Walwicz died on 29 September, aged 69. Born in Poland in 1951, Walwicz emigrated to Australia in 1963 and studied... 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

Adam joins Village Bookshop, Noosa x

Erin Adam has been appointed manager of Village Bookshop in Noosa. Adam was previously employed at Mary Ryan’s and has also worked at Pan Macmillan.


RM Marketing Services availability for new publishers

RM Marketing Services currently has a vacancy for an outsourced client for marketing and sales up to 12 hours a week. For publishers, distributors and industry organisations looking to outsource marketing functions or for a regular back-up to your existing team please email Rachael McDiarmid at info@rmmarketingservices.com or go to the website for more information on our industry consulting services and outsourced solutions for the publishing industry—locally and internationally.



Congratulations Trent Dalton

HarperCollins Publishers congratulates Trent Dalton, whose highly anticipated second novel All Our Shimmering Skies shot straight to number one on Nielsen Bookscan in the week of release, selling over 23,000 copies in print alone. We are thrilled to see so many readers embracing Trent’s joyous and original storytelling—with huge thanks to the support and enthusiasm of Australia’s wonderful booksellers.


RSVP to attend Albert Ullin Award online

The CBCA Victorian Branch will present the inaugural Albert Ullin Award at a virtual event on Monday, 19 October at 4pm. To RSVP and receive a Zoom invite, email vic@cbca.org.au.




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