Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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11 November 2020

Christmas closing list: Submissions due

Publishers and distributors are asked to submit their Christmas closing dates by 5pm Friday, 20 November. A full list will appear in the Weekly Book... Read more
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Riwoe wins inaugural $50k ARA Historical Novel Prize

Brisbane writer Mirandi Riwoe has won the $50,000 ARA Historical Novel Prize for Stone Sky Gold Mountain (UQP). Selected from more than 185 entries and a... Read more


Gay YA rom-com wins 2020 Ampersand Prize

Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing (HGCP) has announced that Auckland teacher and writer Helen Valley has won the 2020 Ampersand Prize for her YA novel Tim... Read more
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Chowdhury releases Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship report

Penguin Random House Australia senior audio producer and commissioning editor Radhiah Chowdhury has released her Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship report on the experiences and perspectives... Read more


Walkley Book Award 2020 shortlist announced

The Walkley Book Award shortlist for 2020 has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know (Sophie McNeill, ABC Books) Fallen (Lucie Morris-Marr,... Read more
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Thammavongsa wins Canada’s $100k Giller Prize

In Canada, Souvankham Thammavongsa has won this year’s C$100,000 (A$106,150) Giller Prize for her short story collection How to Pronounce Knife (Bloomsbury). Of Thammavongsa’s collection,... Read more

Radnidge takes on literary at Hachette, Richell Prize winner and more

In industry moves, Vanessa Radnidge is taking on literary at Hachette, with Fiona Hazard to head a newly created lifestyle list, while former Hachette managing editor Brigid Mullane has joined Ultimo Press as commissioning editor.

Aisling Smith has won the 2020 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers for her fiction manuscript ‘Petrichor’. In other awards news, Leading Edge has opened the Indie Book Awards to all Australian independents and Viva La Novella has announced a new regional focus.

Overseas, Bookshop.org made £65,000 on the first day of its UK launch. Also in the UK, audiobook sales are surging, while London Book Fair has been moved to June 2021 and this year’s FutureBook conference is running as a virtual event.

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A new leaf: 2021 nonfiction preview x

The first year of the new decade has been chaotic and unpredictable. However, readers can try to make sense of the year that’s been with... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction Black Inc. has sold traditional Chinese character rights and Indian subcontinent rights to Investing with Keynes (Justyn Walsh) to Commonlife Publishing Ltd and... Read more


25th Jack Reacher novel debuts at number two x

The 10th book in Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s ‘Treehouse’ series is spending its second week at number one on the bestsellers chart after debuting... Read more


Honey Blood (Kirsty Everett, HarperCollins) x

I learned a lot about cancer treatment from Kirsty Everett’s memoir Honey Blood: that chemotherapy can make you very sensitive to smells, that jellybeans are... Read more


The Second Son (Loraine Peck, Text) x

In Sydney’s western suburbs, the summer air thick enough to slice with a switchblade, Johnny Novak’s family reels from the murder of Ivan, his older... Read more


Lola Online: #TheSecretUpstairsFanClubParty (Shannan & Tayla Stedman, Omnibus) x

Sisters Shannan and Tayla Stedman, children’s entertainers turned authors, try their hands at junior fiction with Lola Online, which comes after the 2018 release of... Read more

Chowdhury on diversity in the publishing industry

‘It is extremely important that mine is not the only voice being solicited when discussing and considering ways to make the Australian publishing landscape more inclusive … It is even more critical that companies … commit to doing the work to change their practices and mindsets in a sustainable and holistic way, rather than looking for a readymade action list created for them by people of colour.’Radhiah Chowdhury in her Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship report on the experiences and perspectives of BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) editors and authors working in the publishing industry.


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


The Small Press Network—2020 Independent Publishing Conference online

The Small Press Network will hold the 2020 Independent Publishing Conference online, on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November.

With two days of programming, it will cover a variety of topics, including women of colour in publishing and metadata best-practices, with a keynote on resilience and recovery in book publishing post-Covid. The conference will also include the shortlist announcement for the SPN’s inaugural Book of the Year Award, which can be booked separately, for free.

Deep discounts are available for SPN members, students and the unwaged.

Book now: The Small Press Network—2020 Independent Publishing Conference online
Closing date for ticket sales: Wednesday, 25 November



Two ABC Books authors shortlisted for 2020 Walkley Book Awards

ABC Books would like to congratulate Sophie McNeill (We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know 9780733340154) and Suzanne Smith (The Altar Boys 9780733340178) for their well-deserved shortlisting in the 2020 Walkley Book Awards. We are very proud to see their incredible investigations and reporting acknowledged in this way.


Editors Victoria / Society of Editors 50th anniversary online party

Calling all members and former members of Editors Victoria / The Society of Editors (Vic). Join us via Zoom as we mark our 50th anniversary at a Christmas party with a difference on 11 December 2020. Contact edvic.events@iped-editors.org by 30 November for details.


An Ätman Visits Planet Earth: 250 million years of evolution

Science fiction presenting the real history of Earth and human evolution as seen by an alien robotic visitor. Dangers from population explosion and disruptive technologies... Read more



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