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17 February 2021


Inaugural Little Hare Illustration Prize winner announced

Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing (HGCP) has announced Meg Rennie as the winner of the inaugural 2020 Little Hare Illustration Prize. ‘Meg’s artwork enchanted the judging... Read more
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Avery signs four-book deal after Walker Wednesday submission x

Walker Books Australia has acquired world rights to two picture books and two graphic novels by Western Australian author Sean E Avery, after he submitted... Read more


HarperCollins acquires two Foster novels x

HarperCollins Australia has acquired ANZ rights to two new novels by Sara Foster, via Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown in a ‘fiercely contested’ auction. The... Read more
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Staff changes at Readings: Kenwood resigns; Ryan appointed Carlton shop manager x

Former Penguin Random House (PRH) publishing manager Louise Ryan has joined Readings as the manager of the company’s Carlton shop. Ryan resigned from her role... Read more

New HarperCollins imprint; Au wins inaugural Novel Prize

HarperCollins Australia is launching a new ‘design-led’ illustrated imprint, Harper by Design.

In industry events, IPEd and BWF are collaborating on an Authors and Editors in Conversation series, while EWF and Hachette are partnering for a digital Inside the Publishing House event. In other news, Avid Reader is fundraising for a shop mural, and the ACT Writers Centre has appointed Meg Wilson as CEO.

Local author Jessica Au has won the inaugural international Novel Prize for her work Cold Enough for Snow. Meanwhile, Laura Greaves has been named the inaugural writer in residence at the Whitlam Institute’s Female Orphan School in Parramatta, NSW.

Overseas, the shortlist for the 2021 Folio Prize was announced, while the UK’s Publishing Association revealed there have been no changes to the industry’s BAME numbers in three years.

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Mothers and daughters: Jacqueline Maley on ‘The Truth About Her’

Jacqueline Maley’s debut novel The Truth About Her (Fourth Estate, April) follows Suzy, a journalist and single parent who’s blamed for the suicide of a... Read more


Christmas 2020 survey results x

Over the past week, Books+Publishing has published the results from its latest annual Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. The survey included feedback from over... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Children’s Hardie Grant has sold Portuguese rights to Me, Microbes & I (Philip Bunting); Russian rights to All of the Factors of Why I Love... Read more


‘Bridgerton’ tops fastest movers chart x

The Dry is back at number one on the Australian bestsellers chart this week, relegating last week’s number one, The Fast 800 Easy, to third spot.... Read more


No Document (Anwen Crawford, Giramondo) x

In this arresting book, Anwen Crawford reckons with the death of a close friend and comrade. Seeking a language suitable for grief, Crawford stitches together... Read more


The Truth About Her (Jacqueline Maley, Fourth Estate)

There is a lot to love about Fairfax journalist Jacqueline Maley’s debut novel, the ripped-from-the-headlines story of Suzy, a journalist who’s blamed for the shocking... Read more


The Katha Chest (Radhiah Chowdhury, illus by Lavanya Naidu, A&U) x

In Radhiah Chowdhury and Lavanya Naidu’s book, elegant textile patterns are patchworked together with descriptive snapshot stories of young Asiya’s family members and their histories.... Read more


Tish (Edwina Wyatt, illus by Odette Barberousse, Berbay) x

Due to their very definition, imaginary friends can come in all shapes and sizes, and Tish is no exception. Resembling a woolly mammoth but with... 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

Lloyd appointed Pan Mac commissioning editor

Alex Lloyd has been appointed as commissioning editor across adult fiction and nonfiction at Pan Macmillan Australia.

Centre for Stories board appointments

Centre for Stories has appointed Jane den Hollander, Magabala Books publisher Rachel Bin Salleh, and Jade Bradford, of the Department of Local Government, Sport and... Read more

Voss Literary Prize 2021

The Australian University Heads of English (AUHE) and the estate of Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss are pleased to call for nominations to the eighth annual Voss Literary Prize.

The prize, for the best novel published in Australia in 2020, carries a cash prize and will be presented at the AUHE AGM in November 2021. A nomination form and details of entry can be found at vossliteraryprize.com. Entries must be received by COB, 19 March 2021.


Ember’s Riff: Forgehaven

Lead singer and guitarist, Ember, must use the power of heavy metal to rescue her band mates and stop an evil demon’s scheme before it’s... Read more



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