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25 November 2020


Pete Cromer: Australia

Discover Australia’s unique animals through Pete Cromer’s jaw-droppingly bold and beautiful animal portraits. This gallery-in-a-book features 18 of his best-loved Australian bird and mammal collages.... Read more
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Christmas closing list 2020

Company Last day of business in 2020  First day of business in 2021 About3 (trading as CoInfo) Wednesday, 23 December (closing midday) Thursday, 14 January... Read more


Hardie Grant Children’s launches new illustrated imprint

Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing (HGCP) has announced the creation of Bright Light, a new illustrated imprint that will publish 20 titles a year exploring privilege,... Read more
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Booktopia, Amazon Australia to use robots for fulfilment x

Booktopia and Amazon will implement the use of robots in their Australian fulfilment centres in 2021. Booktopia announced it will trial autonomous robots at its... Read more


Hueston awarded 2020 Medal for Excellence in Translation

Text Publishing director and a senior editor Penny Hueston is the winner of the 2020 Australian Academy of the Humanities Medal for Excellence in Translation... Read more
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Wright resigns from PRH x

Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) head of trade sales Kaye Wright has resigned after almost 12 years in the role. Wright told Books+Publishing the role... Read more

PA to aggregate diversity statistics

In the UK, the Publishers Association (PA) will aggregate publisher statistics on the diversity make-up of their books, reports the Bookseller. After a number of... Read more

ASA writers survey, first Perth Fest guests, Booker Prize winner

A new survey by the Australian Society of Authors shows more than half of full-time writers earn below $15,000 per year.

The first guests for next year’s Perth Festival Literature & Ideas program have been revealed, as the ABA and APA make plans for in person conferences in 2021. Meanwhile, the CBCA has restructured its board and confirmed its 2021 Book Week theme and a writer Imbi Neeme’s #vicbookshopbingo competition has the support of the Melbourne City of Literature office.

In awards news, the winners of the Walkley Book Award, the Barbara Jefferis Award, the Speech Pathology Book of the Year and the inaugural Les Carlyon Literary Prize were announced, as was the shortlist for the Voss Literary Prize.

Scottish author Douglas Stuart won this year’s Booker Prize for his debut novel, Shuggie Bain (Picador), while the winners of the US National Book Awards and the UK’s FutureBook Awards were also announced. Also overseas, Pearson has created a direct-to-consumer division, and next year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair—with a new general publishing exhibit—is planned for June.

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A window on the world: Stephanie Smee’s career journey

Stephanie Smee is a Sydney-based French translator who worked as a lawyer before pivoting to literary translation. She has recently translated books including Hannelore Cayre’s... Read more


Art work: Fiona McGregor on ‘Buried Not Dead’ x

Reviewer Cher Tan describes Fiona McGregor’s essay collection Buried Not Dead (Giramondo, February), which brings together art criticism, memoir and reportage written over 25 years, as... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Hachette Australia has sold UK & Commonwealth rights (ex Canada) to When the Apricots Bloom (Gina Wilkinson) and Ten-Ager (Madonna King) to Headline... Read more


Bluey Christmas books top charts x

After debuting at number two last week, picture book Bluey: Verandah Santa is this week’s bestselling title, ending the three-week number one run of The 130-Storey... Read more


Buried Not Dead (Fiona McGregor, Giramondo) x

Outsider art, as critic Roger Cardinal once wrote, is ‘immune to the polarisations of culture and the copycat spirit of cultural art’. It’s fair to... Read more


The Price of Two Sparrows (Christy Collins, Affirm) x

Christy Collins’s The Price of Two Sparrows is an elegantly structured study of migration and community in Australia. A burgeoning Muslim community on the outskirts... Read more


The Boy From the Mish (Gary Lonesborough, A&U) x

Jackson is an Aboriginal teen who lives with his mum and little brother; he has a girlfriend, good mates and the local men’s group. Then... Read more

We need better arguments for the importance of writing

‘Being a writer in Australia is seen as an esoteric thing at best, certainly not a profession, a hobby maybe, and this is the first time I’ll say it and I’ll say it again in the next 40 minutes—Australia doesn’t care about most kinds of artists, but it doesn’t care about writers in particular.’—Maria Tumarkin, in her State of the Writing Nation address, questions the role of the writer in Australian society.



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: TODAY—Wednesday 25 November


I, Custodian: Fire

In a world of political unrest, subversive mobs and subterranean custodians play their hands. The shadow grows, and Moriah-Dahlia’s fervent quest for the truth unveils... Read more



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