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17 March 2021


Scribd launches in Australia

US-based reading subscription service Scribd has launched in Australia. The platform, which charges $13.99 per month for unlimited access, offers access to two million ebooks... Read more
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Text signs Sheppard in two-book deal x

Text Publishing has acquired world rights to The Brink, the second YA novel by Holden Sheppard, in a two-book deal via Gaby Naher of Left Bank Literary... Read more


Scribner acquires Hooper’s ‘Bedtime Story’ x

Simon & Schuster Australia’s Scribner imprint has acquired ANZ rights to Bedtime Story, a new work of nonfiction by Chloe Hooper, from Andrew Wylie at... Read more
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SWF program announced, guests revealed for BookUp, IPEd

In a big week for events announcements, the Sydney and Auckland writers’ festival programs have been revealed, and the first speakers for the BookUp and IPEd conferences—the second of which is an online-only event—have been named.

The Wheeler Centre is among four arts organisations who will receive funding under the second batch of the federal government’s Covid-19 Arts Sustainability Fund. Meanwhile, the shortlist for this year’s Penguin Literary Prize has been announced, as has the recipient of this year’s Kat Muscat Fellowship.

Overseas, the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist was announced, while UK book orders to the EU have taken a hit from Brexit, and HarperCollins’ children’s book division Egmont has rebranded as Farshore.

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New talent: Australian publishers, agents nominate their top new authors x

The first issue for 2021 of Books+Publishing’s sister publication Think Australian is shining a spotlight on debut and early-career authors. In this preview, Think Australian... Read more
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Lift-off: Non-profit Parachute Press launches in regional Vic

Parachute Press is a new children’s publisher based in Castlemaine, regional Victoria. Co-founded by award-winning author Martine Murray and artist, ceramicist and musician Anna Read,... Read more


Jacqueline Bublitz on ‘Before You Knew My Name’

Jacqueline Bublitz’s debut novel Before You Knew My Name (A&U, May) takes the crime fiction trope of a jogger discovering a dead body and turns it... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction Black Inc. has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (ex ANZ) rights to The Shortest History of the Soviet Union (Sheila Fitzpatrick) to Old... Read more


Five new releases debut in top 10 x

After two weeks at number one A Court of Silver Flames has slipped down to seventh spot on the bestsellers chart, replaced by Beyond Order, the... Read more


Before You Knew My Name (Jacqueline Bublitz, A&U) x

We know the phrase from books, from crime shows, from the news: ‘The body was found by a jogger.’ Someone is murdered and somebody else... Read more


Monster (Ashleigh Synnott, Puncher & Wattmann) x

Monster is a collection of dark, finely written short stories by debut author Ashleigh Synnott. The stories are peopled with eccentric, predominantly female characters living... Read more


Bear and Rat (Christopher Cheng, illus by Stephen Michael King, Puffin) x

This picture book is a heartwarming, tender tale of the loving relationship between two friends. The elegantly simple story in Bear and Rat holds a... Read more


Elsewhere Girls (Emily Gale & Nova Weetman, Text) x

Acclaimed authors Emily Gale and Nova Weetman have teamed up to write this beautifully rendered time-slip narrative that delves into the personal and social struggles... 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

O’Brien joins Affirm x

Kevin O’Brien, previously manager editor at Scribe, has joined Affirm Press in the newly created role of managing editor (general list).

Seymour joins Affirm x

Natasha Seymour has joined Affirm Press in the newly created role of editorial assistant (general list). Seymour was previously head publicist at Overland; her appointment... Read more

Publishable launches

Queensland Writers Centre’s Publishable Manuscript Development competition now open.

Publishable is open to submissions of unpublished manuscripts from all genres and is a competition for emerging writers around the nation, with entrants getting the chance to be one of the 25 selected authors to go through a personalised Manuscript Development Program.

Check the criteria for eligibility and find more information in the full 2021 Application Guidelines – don’t miss out on this opportunity to elevate your work and get noticed by industry professionals.


Spinifex Press celebrates 30 years

Founded in March 1991, Spinifex Press is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a series of Zoom events, beginning with ‘Welcome to Country’ on Thursday, 18 March.

The event includes talks by Judy Atkinson AM; Poppy Lever, director of Warlayirti Art Centre; Tjiliwa Helen Nagomara, Chair of Kapululangu Aboriginal Women’s Law and Culture Centre; Nakarra Marie Mudgedell, former Kapululangu Chair and current Song Woman; and Zohl dé Ishtar, author of Holding Yawulyu and Daughters of the Pacific, among others.

Register for the event here.


Title showcase: ‘Still Alive’ by Safdar Ahmed

Title: Still Alive Author: Safdar Ahmed Publisher: Twelve Panels Press Price: $30.00 ISBN: 9780980593730 Distributor: www.twelvepanelspress.com Walkley Award-winning Safdar Ahmed interweaves journalism, history and autobiography... Read more



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