Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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11 March 2021


AWW 2021 ‘more special than ever’; women dominate bestsellers x

Adelaide Writers’ Week (AWW) wrapped up on Thursday, 4 March, having run since Saturday, 27 February. Director Jo Dyer told Books+Publishing that after being ‘the... Read more
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Auckland Writers Festival program announced

The program for the 2021 Auckland Writers Festival, which runs from 11–16 May, has been announced. In-person guests include fantasy writer Neil Gaiman and his... Read more


Ultimo acquires Moore-Gilbert memoir x

Ultimo Press has acquired world rights to Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s memoir, in a joint venture with James Erskine at Sports & Entertainment Ltd. Australian–British academic Moore-Gilbert... Read more
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Byrne to adapt ‘The Geography of Friendship’ for TV x

Sally Piper’s 2018 novel The Geography of Friendship (UQP) will be adapted for television as a six-part series. Dollhouse Pictures, a creative collective and independent... Read more


Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021 longlist announced

In the UK, the longlist for the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced. Now in its 26th year, the £30,000 (A$54,040) prize is... Read more
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Stella Prize longlist, Frankfurt announces hybrid event

The longlist for this year’s Stella Prize, announced last week, includes short fiction, a young adult novel, three works of nonfiction and a novel in translation, and comprises five works by debut authors.

Also announced in the past week were shortlists for Overland’s Judith Wright Poetry and Neilma Sidney Short Story prizes, the winners of the joanne burns Microlit Award and a new nonfiction prize from Island.

Meanwhile, Max Allen’s Intoxicating: Ten drinks that shaped Australia (Thames & Hudson) won the Drink Award at the André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards and Robert Wood, creative director of Perth’s Centre for Stories, has won a Westpac Social Change Fellowship worth $50,000.

Overseas, this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair will take place as a hybrid event in October, and PRH has launched an online casting platform for voiceover actors.

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International outlook: Translated books in the Australian market x

In Australia, the reading public’s appetite for translated books has been growing steadily over the years. With international travel at a standstill, now more than... Read more


Krissy Kneen on ‘The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen’

In Krissy Kneen’s new memoir The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen (Text, May), the death of her beloved grandmother is the catalyst for the excavation of long-buried... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Jacinta di Mase at Jacinta di Mase Management has sold UK & Europe English-language rights to The Silent Listener by Lyn Yeowart (Viking)... Read more


Easter books climb charts x

A Court of Silver Flames is spending its second consecutive week at the top of the bestsellers chart after debuting at number one last week. At... Read more


Bestselling Australian adult titles 2020 x

For the second year running, Boy Swallows Universe and The Barefoot Investor have come out on top as the year’s overall bestselling Australian books in their respective categories,... Read more


Flock: First Nations stories then and now (ed by Ellen van Neerven, UQP) x

Flock is a far-roaming collection of short fiction showcasing the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers. The 20 stories are by a mix... Read more


The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen (Krissy Kneen, Text) x

According to many writers, examining memory is a largely creative act. If so, then Krissy Kneen shows us in The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen... Read more


Two-Week Wait: An IVF story (Luke C Jackson & Kelly Jackson, illus by Mara Wild, Scribe) x

This graphic novel is the delicately told story of one couple’s journey through the in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) process. Two-Week Wait is based on the IVF... Read more


Can’t Say it Went to Plan (Gabrielle Tozer, HarperCollins) x

Schoolies is revered as a holiday unlike no other, where, for the first time, teenagers are free—from school, from adults, from responsibility. Can’t Say it... Read more


Vale Simon Player

Simon Player, co-director of Footprint Books, has died. Player and his wife Kate O’Reilly established the Sydney-based distributor in 1999. It closed in November 2020... 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

Blakey joins Writing WA x

Writing WA has appointed Heather Blakey, previously digital brand and communications lead at Bonnier Books UK, to the newly created position of communications manager.

Drury promoted at S&S

Kay Drury has been promoted to the newly created position of national field sales manager at Simon & Schuster Australia. Drury began the position on... Read more



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