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28 April 2021


UWAP announces 2021 Dorothy Hewett Award shortlist

UWA Publishing (UWAP) has announced the shortlist for the 2021 Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript. The winner receives a cash prize of $10,000,... Read more
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Baxter’s ‘New Animal’ sells to US, UK, optioned for TV

US rights to Ella Baxter’s debut novel New Animal (A&U) have been sold to independent publisher Two Dollar Radio by The Book Group on behalf of Grace... Read more

UK publisher consumer sales up 7% in 2020

In the UK, Publishers Association (PA) figures show UK book sales—particularly fiction and audiobooks—soared in 2020, with consumer sales up 7% on 2019 despite bookshop... Read more
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Stella Prize and NSW Prem’s winners, industry moves

Evie Wyld has won this year’s Stella Prize, worth $50,000, for her novel The Bass Rock (Vintage). Meanwhile, Ellen van Neerven has scooped the 2021 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards with their poetry collection Throat (UQP), winning three awards, including the overall $10,000 book of the year award. In other awards news, Liminal and Pantera have established a new $10,000 nonfiction prize, and the SMH 2021 Best Young Australian Novelists have been named.

In personnel moves, Roberta Ivers has been appointed HarperCollins commercial fiction & nonfiction publisher, and Kelly Doust has joined Affirm as commercial publisher. Meanwhile, Ultimo has appointed Emily Cook and Katherine Rajwar to the positions of community & media manager and community & media coordinator respectively.

Overseas, the International Booker Prize shortlist was announced and US publisher W W Norton halted the distribution and promotion of Blake Bailey’s Philip Roth: The biography after sexual assault allegations were made against Bailey. Meanwhile, Simon & Schuster US is going ahead with a two-book deal with former US vice president Mike Pence. In France, Hachette Livre’s parent company Lagardère is in discussions to revamp its company structure.

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Melbourne City of Lit meets Iowa City’s The Haunted Bookshop

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
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Cameron Nunn on ‘Echo in the Memory’

The historical YA novel Echo in the Memory (Walker, June) took author Cameron Nunn 10 years and a PhD in the history of child convicts... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Affirm Press has sold Brazilian rights to The Dictionary of Lost Words (Pip Williams) to Autêntica. Left Bank Literary has sold US rights... Read more


Dog Man stays at number one x

The latest Dog Man book, Mothering Heights, by Dav Pilkey is at the top of the bestsellers chart for the second week in a row. Bluey:... Read more


Everything Harder Than Everyone Else (Jenny Valentish, Black Inc.) x

Don’t be fooled by the Motörhead-inspired title: journalist Jenny Valentish’s latest work of nonfiction isn’t about music but is instead an accessible deep dive into... Read more


The Other Half of You (Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Hachette)

Michael Mohammed Ahmad’s latest novel continues the story of Bani Adam, a young Lebanese Muslim man growing up in Sydney. Bani, the protagonist of Ahmad’s... Read more


Coco, the Fish with Hands: Endangered Animal Tales 1 (Aleesah Darlison, illus by Mel Matthews, Puffin) x

Coco, the Fish with Hands is a simple book that reads almost like a souvenir from a conservation habitat visit. Its story is practical and... Read more


Echo in the Memory (Cameron Nunn, Walker Books)

Cameron Nunn presents an ambitious work of historical fiction in his latest novel Echo in the Memory. Seamlessly telling the stories of two adolescents existing... 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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