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5 May 2021

MWF 2021 schools program announced

The schools program for the 2021 Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has been announced. The primary school program, which will run 6 and 7 September, features... Read more
 
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ABIA winners, push for EBA at Better Read Than Dead

In a big week for awards, the winners of this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards were announced, as were the winners of the Vogel, the Nature Writing Prize, IPEd’s Janet Mackenzie Medal and the Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship.

In other news, staff at Sydney’s Better Read Than Dead are pushing for an enterprise bargaining agreement and Mascara Literary Review has announced a new residency for First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse writers.

Overseas, the shortlists for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Wolfson History Prize have been announced. Meanwhile, Lagardère has finalised a ‘peace agreement’ between shareholders, and UK publisher consumer sales were up 7% in 2020.

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50 years of publishing in Australia: Hachette looks back x

Hodder & Stoughton was incorporated in Australia on 2 April 1971. On this, the 50th anniversary of the company’s permanent roots in Australia, Hachette Australia... Read more
 
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Sophie Overett on ‘The Rabbits’ x

Sophie Overett’s debut novel The Rabbits (Vintage, July), winner the 2020 Penguin Literary Prize, is a magic realist family saga centred around Delia Rabbit, a mother... Read more
 

 

June reviews round-up x

Winter 2021 yields new fiction from seasoned authors, including Briohny Doyle’s third book Echolalia, Kate Liston-Mills’s Dear Ibis, the follow-up to her 2017 collection The... Read more
 
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Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Big Sky Publishing has sold Hungarian rights to Hitler’s Brothel (Steve Matthews) to IPC. Brazilian rights to the inaugural Novel Prize winner Cold... Read more
 

 

Bluey defeats Dog Man for top spot x

Bluey is back on top of the bestsellers chart, with search-and-find book Where’s Bluey? knocking the latest Dog Man book down to second spot after... Read more
 

 

Catch Us the Foxes (Nicola West, S&S, July) x

Marlowe ‘Lo’ Robertson is an ambitious young journalist given the job of covering the annual show for the local paper. When Lo discovers the body... Read more
 

 

The Nordic Edge: Policy possibilities for Australia (ed by Andrew Scott & Rod Campbell, MUP, July) x

What can Australia learn from Nordic countries Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland? Quite a lot, according to editors Andrew Scott and Rod Campbell. Marshalling... Read more
 

 

The Rabbits (Sophie Overett, Vintage, July) x

The Rabbits is a tense suburban drama that probes the limits of family bonds and human potential. Sophie Overett, who won the 2020 Penguin Literary... Read more
 

 

Henry Hamlet’s Heart (Rhiannon Wilde, UQP, July) x

Henry Hamlet lives in his head, and his head is full of worries—will he ever get a girlfriend and lose his virginity? Will he pass... Read more
 

 

The Story of Australia: For the young (and the curious) (Don Watson, Black Inc., July) x

After being out of print for 20 years, Don Watson’s The Story of Australia has been given a new life, a new target demographic and... Read more
 

Vale Margaret McKenzie

Margaret McKenzie, co-owner of the former Seagulls Bookshop in the Melbourne suburb of Williamstown, has died. Co-owner of Seagulls and McKenzie’s husband Nick Chapman writes:... Read more
 

 

Vale Valerie Parv x

Canberra-based romance novelist Valerie Parv has died, aged 69. The author of 93 books in 29 languages, spanning romance, nonfiction and writing guides, Parv’s writing... Read more
 

 

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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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