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8 April 2021


Pete Cromer: Wildlife

Discover some of the world’s most wonderful animals through Pete Cromer’s bold and beautiful animal portraits. This gallery in a book features 18 of his... Read more
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Rowe named New York Public Library Cullman Center fellow

Australian writer Josephine Rowe has been named one of the 2021–2022 fellows of New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B Cullman Center for Scholars... Read more

Black Inc. acquires Plibersek biography x

Black Inc. has acquired world rights to a biography of Tanya Plibersek to be written by Margaret Simons, via Lyn Tranter at Australian Literary Management.... Read more
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RISE funding recipients, ABDA shortlists

The Australian Publishers Association, and the Melbourne and Blue Mountains writers festivals are among the latest recipients of the federal government’s RISE funding.

In awards news, the shortlists for the ABDAs and the finalists for the Aurealis Awards were announced this week, as were the winners of the Australian Picture Book Illustrator Awards. Meanwhile, Stephen Romei has stepped down as the Australian’s literary editor.

Overseas, Penguin Random House posted a 23% rise in earnings in its 2020 financial results, while in France, Hachette Livre CEO Arnaud Nourry has been replaced.

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The rights approach: Australians on rights sales and acquisitions in Latin America x

This year the Australian Publishers Association is running a series of rights networking events to help Australian publishers connect with overseas markets. In the lead-up... Read more
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Alice Pung on ‘One Hundred Days’

One Hundred Days (Black Inc., June), Alice Pung’s first novel for adults, is described as a fractured fairytale about 16-year-old Karuna, who is locked in... Read more


Rights round up x

Sales Fiction Affirm has sold The Dictionary of Lost Words (Pip Williams) to the following territories: Japanese translation rights to Shogakukan and Czech translation rights... Read more


Children’s books dominate charts x

In the week before Easter and the start of school holidays, children’s books are dominating the charts, with kids titles making up eight out of... Read more


A Paper Inheritance (Dymphna Stella Rees, UQP) x

Leslie Rees and Coralie Clarke Rees were a literary partnership, contemporaneous with two more famous Australian literary couples of the 20th century, Ruth Park and... Read more


One Hundred Days (Alice Pung, Black Inc.)

Is there a right way to love? Karuna feels suffocated by her mother—and her entrapment multiplies when her dad leaves and she’s forced to move... Read more


Echolalia (Briohny Doyle, Vintage) x

Echolalia, Briohny Doyle’s skilful second novel, concerns a family on the verge of disintegration. Skipping elegantly between chapters set before and after a traumatic event... Read more


Marlow Brown, Magician in the Making (Kesta Fleming, illus by Marjory Gardner, Celapene Press) x

Kesta Fleming has written stories and poems for junior readers for many years, making her publishing debut with the Marlow Brown chapter books in 2019. Magician in... 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

Farry leaves PRH

Alysha Farry has left Penguin Random House Australia where she was group marketing, publicity and communications director.



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