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24 March 2021


NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2021 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2020 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Christina Stead Prize for Fiction ($40,000)... Read more
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Australians comprise majority of Walter Scott Prize shortlist

Three out of the five books shortlisted for the £25,000 (A$44,900) Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction are by Australian authors. The five shortlisted novels... Read more


ARA Historical Novel Prize adds children and young adult category, prize money totals $100,000

The Historical Novel Society of Australasia (HNSA), in partnership with building and infrastructure services provider ARA Group, has announced that the ARA Historical Novel Prize... Read more
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Bertelsmann’s S&S merger faces scrutiny in US, UK

Penguin Random House (PRH) parent company Bertelsmann’s acquisition of Simon & Schuster (S&S) is facing scrutiny from government agencies in both the US and the... Read more

BWF program announced, Readings staff request EBA

The program for this year’s Brisbane Writers Festival, running from 7–9 May, has been announced. Meanwhile, Red Room Poetry is planning a series of daily events for the first ever Poetry Month in August this year.

The Retail and Fast Food Workers Union, representing staff at the Readings bookselling chain requesting an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA), has approached the company to open negotiations for an EBA. In other news, Picador publisher Mathilda Imlah has left Pan Macmillan, Hachette New Zealand announced its name change to Hachette Aotearoa New Zealand and Varuna announced new fellowships for writers with disability.

In awards news, The Dictionary of Lost Words was crowned Book of the Year at the 2021 Indie Book Awards and, internationally, the Windham-Campbell Prize recipients were announced, as were the Greenaway and Carnegie Medal shortlists. Also overseas, UK publishing staff have reported feeling ‘crushed’ and ‘unfocused’ after one year of Covid-19.

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Meet literary agent Alex Adsett 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 Alex Adsett, a... Read more


Anita Heiss on ‘Bila Yarrudangga-langdhuray’

Anita Heiss’s new historical novel Bila Yarrudanggalangdhuray (S&S, May), the first Australian commercial fiction release to feature the title on the cover solely in an... Read more


‘Bluey: Easter Fun!’ tops charts x

Bluey: Easter Fun! has reached number one the Australian bestsellers chart, with last week’s number one, Beyond Order, slipping to sixth spot. Debuting at number three... Read more


As Beautiful As Any Other (Kaya Wilson, Picador) x

As Beautiful As Any Other is a joyous and thoughtful memoir–travelogue covering the terrains of both the body and the environment. Kaya Wilson’s voice makes... Read more


Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams) (Anita Heiss, S&S) x

Exploring themes of family, belonging, courage, equality and heartache, this important new historical novel from Anita Heiss raises awareness of First Nations perspectives on the... Read more


A Human for Kingsley (Gabriel Evans, Little Hare) x

Kingsley, a dog who has decided to own a human, sets off on a journey to find just the right one. The problem is, there... Read more


Why Do Tigers Have Whiskers? (ed by Sunanda Creagh, Thames & Hudson) x

Curated from the Curious Kids section of the academic-authored news website The Conversation, this book is compiled as a series of questions provided by kids... 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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