Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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14 April 2021


The Overthinkers

‘I laughed. I cried. Sometimes at the same time!’ —Tim Ferguson ‘Portolan and Cheong’s voices stitch seamlessly together to lay out a funny, honest and... Read more
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Program announced for APA BookUp conference

The program has been announced for the Australian Publishing Association’s BookUp conference, which will run online and in-person in Sydney on Tuesday, 27 April. Hachette... Read more

PRH acquires Higgins memoir x

Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has acquired a memoir by Brittany Higgins. Higgins, whose  decision to speak publicly about her alleged rape in a ministerial... Read more
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Pan Mac sells ‘Heartsick’ to US, UK x

Pan Macmillan Australia has sold US and UK rights to debut nonfiction title Heartsick (Jessie Stephens) after ‘a highly contested auction’. US rights were sold... Read more


Shortlist announced for 2021 Jhalak Prize for BAME writers

The shortlist for the UK’s Jhalak Prize for Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) writers, and the inaugural Jhalak Children’s & Young Adult Prize have... Read more
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ABIA shortlists; PRH revenue, earnings up

The shortlists for this year’s ABIAs have been announced, as has the shortlist for the ABIA Rising Star of the Year Award.

In other news, Clunes Booktown is returning with a month-long festival, albeit without booksellers’ stalls due to safety concerns. Also this week, Booktopia announced its partnership with online ed-tech company Zookal, local author Josephine Rowe was named a New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellow and the Varuna First Nations Fellowships for 2021 were announced.

Overseas, Penguin Random House reported a revenue rise of 4.6% and an earnings rise of 23.3% in 2020. Meanwhile, Bologna has cancelled in-person events for this year’s fair, and a survey of UK publisher catalogues shows representation of Black UK authors is on the rise.

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Meet the ABIA Rising Stars 2021: Pooja Desai x

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Rising Star of the Year is awarded to an emerging talent in Australian publishing who has spent less than 10... Read more


Meet literary agent Jacinta di Mase 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  Jacinta di Mase,... Read more


May reviews round-up x

In May Anita Heiss will release her latest work of historical fiction, Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams), which reviewer Joanne Shiells loved and said deserves... Read more


Hull memoir debuts at number seven x

With school holidays in full swing across most of the country, Bluey books are dominating the bestsellers chart, with Bluey: Easter Fun! at number one... Read more


Who Gets to be Smart (Bri Lee, A&U) x

Who Gets to be Smart opens with a walking tour of Oxford. Author Bri Lee is at the university to visit her friend, a freshly... Read more


100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze (Clayton Zane Comber, HarperCollins) x

Xander Maze’s best friend is his Nanna. When she is diagnosed with stage four cancer and asks him to write a list of 100 Remarkable... Read more


A Pair of Pears and an Orange (Anna McGregor, Scribble) x

A pair of pears are good friends who like to spend their days together, playing games that are just right for the two of them.... Read more


Kunyi (Kunyi June Anne McInerney, Magabala) x

Kunyi, an illustrated memoir of Kunyi June Anne McInerney’s childhood, collects snapshot moments and stories of her life, told in her own words and accompanied... 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

Wilson joins UQP x

Kirsty Wilson has been appointed sales manager at UQP. Wilson begins the role Tuesday, 4 May and will be working from Victoria.

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