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3 March 2021


Hachette Australia reports record year, revenue up 26% x

Hachette Australia has reported a record year in net sales in 2020, with an increase of 26% on 2019. Hachette UK also reported a record... Read more
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Wollongong Writers Festival to close

Wollongong Writers Festival has announced it is closing following the loss of Create NSW annual organisations funding. Founded in 2013 by writer Chloe Higgins, the... Read more


Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2021 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category, chosen from longlists announced in January,... Read more
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S&S signs three ‘Halifax’ novels x

Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (ex Canada) to three novels by television writer and creator Roger Simpson, featuring his... Read more


PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction 2021 finalists announced

In the US, the finalists have been announced for the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, which recognises the best work of fiction published in the... Read more
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S&S Australia reports record year, awards news

Simon & Schuster Australia has reported a record year of sales in 2020, which were up 15% on 2019 and topped $50 million for the first time.

Byron Writers Festival has announced a new residency program, which will disburse $185,000 in residencies as well as free workshops for NSW writers and illustrators, thanks to funding from Create NSW.

In awards news, the Readings Children’s Book Prize shortlist was announced, as were the finalists for the Australian Romance Readers Association’s (ARRA) annual awards.

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Katherine Rajwar on interning at Hachette x

The annual paid Hachette Australia summer internship was established in 2020 as part of a suite of activities the company has created to attract new... Read more

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Meet Scholastic Australia rights manager Claire Pretyman x

As the pandemic keeps rights sellers from meeting face-to-face, Books+Publishing is shining a regular spotlight on the work of Australian rights agents. Today, we hear from Scholastic Australia... Read more


April reviews round-up x

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, April is chock full of great literary book club titles. Jacqueline Maley’s debut novel The Truth About Her,... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction French rights to Other People’s Houses (Kelli Hawkins, HarperCollins) have been sold to Hauteville by Gregory Messina, Linwood Messina, via Melanie Ostell Literary.... Read more


‘A Court of Silver Flames’ debuts in top spot x

The latest instalment in Sarah J Maas’s ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ series, A Court of Silver Flames, has debuted in the top spot... Read more


Artificial Intimacy (Rob Brooks, NewSouth) x

According to evolutionary biologist Rob Brooks, the future holds an abundance of artificial intimacy. New sex technologies, from sex robots to virtual reality porn, will... Read more


The Little Boat on Trusting Lane (Mel Hall, Fremantle Press) x

In this debut novel set in an exaggerated version of the alternative wellness industry, Richard, an ageing wellness guru, runs his alternative healing centre from... Read more


Common Wealth (Gregg Dreise, Scholastic) x

In light of the recent change to the lyrics of ‘Advance Australia Fair’, as well as the ongoing debate surrounding January 26, this impassioned plea... Read more


Fil & Harry (Jenny Blackford, illus by Kristin Devine, Christmas Press) x

This charming novel is the first book in a new list from Christmas Press aimed at that tricky age between picture books and middle fiction.... 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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