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31 March 2021

Next ‘WBN’ to be published Thursday

Please note that, due to the Easter Monday public holiday on 5 April, the next Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday, 8 April.... Read more
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CBCA 2021 Book of the Year shortlists announced

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its 2021 Book of the Year shortlists. The shortlisted books in each category are: Older readers... Read more

JobKeeper wraps up; mixed reactions from indie booksellers, publishers x

The federal government’s JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme came to an end on Sunday, 28 March. In a survey conducted last year, Books+Publishing found none of... Read more
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New writing prize for Western Sydney

WestWords and WestLit Libraries have announced a new writing competition for Western Sydney residents. With a prize pool of over $10,000, supported by Create NSW... Read more


International Booker Prize longlist announced

The longlist for the 2021 International Booker Prize for translated fiction has been announced. The 13 longlisted titles are: I Live in the Slums (Can... Read more
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Stella Prize shortlist, APA launches rights networking events

Last week the shortlist for the 2021 Stella Prize was announced, as was the program for the second StoryFest festival, which takes place on the NSW South Coast in June.

The APA launched a series of rights networking events to help Australian publishers connect with international publishers, beginning with an event run in conjunction with Livres Canada Books in late January. Meanwhile, the Small Press Network announced the dates of this year’s Independent Publishing Conference, which includes the return of the Industry Research Day, and the federal government announced it will increase the amount of funding available through its Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) fund from $75 million to $200 million.

Melbourne’s Feminist Writers Festival is closing due to lack of funding, while across the ditch Luke Finnigan has been awarded Penguin Random House New Zealand’s inaugural Māori and Pasifika Publishing Scholarship.

In overseas news, Carmen Maria Machado won the 2021 Folio Prize for her memoir In the Dream House (Serpent’s Tail), the winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced, and the shortlist for the €100,000 (A$155,200) Dublin Literary Award was unveiled. Finally, HarperCollins parent company News Corp will purchase the trade publishing division of US publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt after failing in its bid to buy Simon & Schuster last year.

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Melbourne City of Lit meets Kraków’s Massolit Books

In this series, run in partnership with the Melbourne City of Literature Office, we get to know some of the bookshops in the UNESCO Cities... Read more


Shirley Marr on ‘A Glasshouse of Stars’

Perth author Shirley Marr’s fourth children’s book, A Glasshouse of Stars (Puffin, May), is a semi-autobiographical middle-grade novel inspired by Marr’s experiences growing up as... Read more


New Coben debuts at number two x

Bluey: Easter Fun! remains at number one on the bestsellers chart his week, trailed by Harlen Coben’s latest thriller The Win, which has debuted in second... Read more


Dear Ibis (Kate Liston-Mills, Spineless Wonders) x

From the author of The Waterfowl Are Drunk! comes an elegant and moving collection of short fiction set principally in New South Wales. With stories... Read more


Gunk Baby (Jamie Marina Lau, Hachette)

Leen has opened up a massage and ear cleaning studio in the suburban wastelands of Par Mars. Her shop is housed in the second-best shopping... Read more


A Glasshouse of Stars (Shirley Marr, Puffin) x

Meixing and her family have recently arrived in the New Land with hopes of a better life. Everything is different for Meixing, including the large... Read more


Frizzle and Me (Ellie Royce, illus by Andrew McLean, Ford St) x

Frizzle and Me jumps on board a current—and vital—trend for books celebrating diversity, and makes a respectable contribution to the cohort. The premise is that... 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

Bayfield joins S&S

Jack Bayfield has joined Simon & Schuster as field sales account manager NSW, replacing Kay Drury in the position of national field sales manager. Bayfield... Read more

Ultimo appoints Nordlyset as international agent

Ultimo Press has appointed Nordlyset Literary Agency as its exclusive agent representing the license of audio (ex ANZ), film & television, translation and English-language rights... Read more


UQP signs United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Publishers Compact

UQP has become a signatory to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Publishers Compact.

Through signing the compact, UQP pledges to champion the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that were adopted by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit in 2015.

These goals align with UQP’s commitment to publish books that reflect the SDG themes, such as equality, sustainability, justice, and safeguarding and strengthening the environment, to inform, develop and inspire action.

Ben James, director, UQP says: ‘Joining the compact connects UQP with a coalition of publishing houses across the globe that explicitly acknowledge their responsibilities to promote change and create a better world. UQP already launched its own sustainability team in 2020 to develop sustainable business practices from an environmental and social perspective; our commitment to the compact is an extension of our existing organisational culture.’

The UQP Sustainability Team has introduced sustainable practices within the UQP workplace, including using 100 percent recycled paper for in-office printing and recyclable packaging for all book orders, and actively reducing paper and energy usage.

UQP engages with organisations that share our values and operate to the highest ethical and environmental standards. As part of this, we have requested the environmental credentials of our current and future business partners.

For more information about UQP’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, please contact Louise Cornegé, marketing and publicity manager, UQP, on louise.cornege@uqp.com.au.


HarperCollins congratulates CBCA-shortlisted creators

With the announcement of the 2021 CBCA Book of the Year shortlists, the team at HarperCollins Children’s Books is delighted to see Freya Blackwood’s The Unwilling Twin (ISBN 9781460757536, $24.99, A&R) shortlisted in the Picture Book category and Katrina Nannestad’s We Are Wolves (ISBN 9780733340888, $19.99, ABC Books) shortlisted in the Younger Readers category.

Congratulations, Freya and Katrina!

Stock is currently frozen while we reprint, sticker and ensure we have sufficient stock to supply all customers simultaneously.

For orders: 1300 551 721; orders@harpercollins.com.au; harperhq.com.au


Ulysses Bookstore for sale (Sandringham, Victoria)

After 10 good years and kids leaving home, it is time to let someone else have the opportunity to realise their dream of owning a bookshop. Quality store with customers who appreciate having a bookshop in their community offering book clubs, events and online store. Good price and support for the right person. New lease for 2021 with options available.

Contact Paul Challis on 0417001446 or email paul.challis@voopl.com.au


Call for entries for maritime history prizes

Nominations are invited for two biennial maritime history prizes—the Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize of $6000 and the Australian Community Maritime History Prize of $2000. Nominations close on 30 April 2021. For details and entry forms, see www.sea.museum/historyprizes




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