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24 February 2021


CBCA 2021 Notable Books announced

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its list of Notable Books for 2021. The books in each category are: Older readers The... Read more
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Australians longlisted for 2021 Walter Scott Prize

Four Australian authors have been longlisted for the UK’s £25,000 (A$44,440) Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Steven Conte was longlisted for The Tolstoy Estate,... Read more

Griffiths appointed HarperCollins sales director x

HarperCollins has appointed Karen-Maree Griffiths to the position of sales director, replacing Darren Kelly in the role. ‘We are delighted to welcome Karen-Maree back to... Read more
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Publisher, bookseller Facebook pages wiped; ABIA, ABDA longlists

Late last week, a number of local publishers, literary journals and booksellers had their Facebook pages wiped of content after the social media company responded to the federal government’s proposed new media bargaining code by banning the sharing of Australian news content on its platform.

The longlists for this year’s ABIAs and ABDAs headline this week’s awards news. Pip Williams was named winner of the fourth annual MUD Literary Prize, the WAYRBA shortlists were revealed, and Text announced the new Steph Bowe Mentorship for Young Writers.

In other news, the Sydney Review of Books, the Wheeler Centre and seven writers festivals are the latest recipients of funding from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, and HarperCollins sales director Darren Kelly has left the company after nine years in the role.

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How international book markets performed in 2020 x

Through the PubMagNet initiative—a collaboration between book industry trade magazines from around the world—representatives from publications in the UK, US, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Japan,... Read more
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Sara Haghdoosti on ‘Sunburnt Veils’

Sara Haghdoosti’s debut YA novel Sunburnt Veils (Wakefield, April) follows protagonist Tara as she navigates relationships, racism and political activism during her first year of... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Children’s Hardie Grant has sold Taiwanese rights to Wolfred (Nick Bland); Russian rights to Explore Your World: Deep dive into deep dea (Tim Flannery... Read more


‘Bridgerton’ dominates charts x

Novels that have been recently adapted for screen are topping the bestseller charts as Jane Harper’s The Dry remains at number one and Julia Quinn’s... Read more


The Shape of Sound (Fiona Murphy, Text) x

Just like any relationship, even our relationship with our own body can be fraught with difficulty and denial. Fiona Murphy kept her deafness secret for... Read more


Spring Clean for the Peach Queen (Sasha Wasley, Pantera) x

Sasha Wasley’s latest novel marries small-town fiction and Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up in a gentle exploration of what really matters. After... Read more


Sunburnt Veils (Sara Haghdoosti, Wakefield) x

Sunburnt Veils is a debut Own Voices novel that feels very relevant, and author and political activist Sara Haghdoosti’s voice is fresh and edgy. At... Read more


You've Let Them In (Lois Murphy, Transit Lounge) x

Scott is not happy when his hippy stepmum convinces his dad to buy a house straight out of The Amityville Horror. A far cry from... 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



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