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18 November 2020

Christmas closing list: Reminder to submit dates

Publishers and distributors are asked to submit their Christmas closing dates by 5pm this Friday, 20 November. A full list will appear in the Weekly Book... Read more
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S&S to publish Kerr children’s series and World Cup diary x

Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired world rights to a new children’s series by Sam Kerr, captain of the Australian national women’s soccer team... Read more


Giggs shortlisted for ALA Andrew Carnegie Medal

Australian writer Rebecca Giggs has been shortlisted for the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal for nonfiction for Fathoms: The world in the... Read more
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Bologna moves to June; plans new general publishing exhibit

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair has changed its dates for next year’s fair from April to June 14-17. Director Elena Pasoli said pushing the fair... Read more

Pan Mac cuts ties with Evans, PMLA shortlists announced

Pan Macmillan is finalising its contractual relationship with Pete Evans, following a social media post by the cookbook author that included a symbol appropriated by Nazis and recognised as a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League.

Meanwhile, a team of publishing professionals have created the Australian First Nations and People of Colour in Publishing Network, and a new online bookstore specialising in BIPOC books has launched. Another new initiative launched recently is Leaf Mag, an online publication that aims to demystify the book industry. In other news, the cover of Anita Heiss’s forthcoming novel will feature the title in Wiradjuri, and a number of authors and industry researchers appeared at the parliamentary inquiry into arts funding.

In awards this week, the shortlists for this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards were announced, as was the winner of the Nib Literary Award, the Dymocks Book of the Year shortlist, and the recipients of Next Chapter 2020 and the UQP Writing Mentorship.

In the UK, book sales were down 11% for the first half of the year, as retailer WHSmith posted a £69 million loss. In other international news, the winners of the Goldsmiths Prize and Canada’s Giller Prize were both announced.

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Book it in: 2021 children’s and YA preview x

Alongside a slate of new books by established children’s authors, next year looks to be a year of firsts, featuring books by debut authors, established... Read more


Meet Hachette Australia head of rights Sarah Brooks x

As the pandemic keeps rights sellers from meeting face-to-face, Books+Publishing’s Think Australian publication is shining a regular spotlight on the work of Australian rights agents. Today,... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction HarperCollins has sold North American English-language rights to All Our Shimmering Skies (Trent Dalton) to Harper Fiction, UK rights to The Borough Press,... Read more


New Bluey Christmas titles debut in top 10 x

The 130-Storey Treehouse is spending its third consecutive week at number one on the Australian bestsellers chart, managing to stave off Bluey for the top spot.... Read more


Coming of Age in the War on Terror (Randa Abdel-Fattah, NewSouth) x

‘I’ve always had this almost pre-conceived guilt attached to who I was.’ — Jena (18, Lebanese–Australian, South West Sydney) On September 11 2001, two planes... Read more


The Silent Listener (Lyn Yeowart, Viking) x

Lyn Yeowart’s debut crime thriller The Silent Listener is the intense, horrific, utterly devastating and totally addictive tale of the Henderson family. Spanning four decades... Read more


Beneath the Trees (Cristy Burne, Fremantle Press) x

Cam and her little sister Sophie have travelled halfway across Australia to see some platypuses in the wild, and even their mum forcing them to... Read more


Iceberg (Claire Saxby, illus by Jess Racklyeft, A&U) x

There is no absolutely question as to why Claire Saxby and Jess Racklyeft are both multi-award-winning creators, and this book is a perfect partnership, eliciting... Read more

Editing requires time and skill—regardless of market pressures

‘Despite the high volume of books being produced, and the increasing pressures to produce them as quickly and cheaply as possible—and of course to sell as many as possible—editing itself remains a profession and practice that calls for great skill and care.’Elena Gomez on the slow but important work of editing, its tension with the profit-driven publishing industry, and how working conditions can improve in the future.



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

Bobbermein joins Murdoch Books

Dymocks PR manager Sue Bobbermein has left the company to take up the role of head of communications and marketing at Murdoch Books as a... Read more

Hynes joins S&S

Toni Hynes has joined Simon & Schuster Australia in the newly created position of executive assistant. Hynes begins the position on Monday, 23 November.

Wilson joins Bookgrove

Kirsty Wilson has joined Ocean Grove’s Bookgrove as a bookseller. Wilson previously worked at Text Publishing for 14 years and at Berbay Publishing earlier this... 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




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