Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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12 May 2021


Fogarty Literary Award shortlist announced

Fremantle Press has announced the shortlist for the $20,000 Fogarty Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. The shortlisted manuscripts are: ‘The Glass House’ by Brooke... Read more
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EWF 2021 program announced

The program for the 2021 Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF), running 16–26 June 2021,  has been announced. After being held entirely online in 2020, EWF will... Read more


Gilligan wins Ondaatje Prize for ‘The Butchers’

In the UK, Ruth Gilligan has won the £10,000 (A$18,000) Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize for The Butchers (Atlantic), a literary thriller set in the... Read more
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Over 100 attend BookUp, Avid Reader shortlisted for LBF bookstore of the year

Over 100 people attended the APA’s first BookUp conference; however, the event—particularly the inclusivity panel—was criticised by attendees for its lack of diversity.

Brisbane’s Avid Reader has been shortlisted for the bookstore of the year award at the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards. In other awards news, the longlist for the Peter Carey Short Story Award was announced this week, while in the UK Alice Oseman’s Loveless won the Bookseller’s YA Book Prize.

The first guests for this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival have been revealed, as have the line-ups for the Queenscliffe and Northern Beaches literary festivals. In other festival news, both the Brisbane and Byron writers festivals are recipients of the federal government’s latest round of RISE funding.

Ultimo Press managing director James Kellow has been elected APA president, while Phill Knight will retire as ADS distribution director after more than 20 years in the role. In other news, publishing services provider Shawline Publishing has opened The Independent Bookstore in Ballarat, with plans to open more than 20 new outlets in the next two years.

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The rights approach: Australians on rights sales in Italy 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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Andrew Paterson on ‘Rainfish’

Andrew Paterson’s debut middle-grade novel Rainfish (Text, July) won the 2020 Text Prize. Set in Far North Queensland, the book follows narrator Aaron, who breaks... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction Simon & Schuster Australia has sold Hungarian rights to The Nazis Knew My Name (Magda Hellinger and Maya Lee, September) to Nouvion Trade... Read more


‘Bad Guys Episode 13’ jumps to number one x

After debuting in 11th spot last week, Aaron Blabey’s latest ‘Bad Guys’ book has jumped to number one on the bestsellers chart, knocking Bluey: My... Read more


The Brilliant Boy: Doc Evatt and the great Australian dissent (Gideon Haigh, Scribner)

If Herbert Vere ‘Doc’ Evatt is thought of at all today, it’s usually in terms of his nearly decade-long failure as Labor leader to combat... Read more


The Shut Ins (Katherine Brabon, A&U)

When Mai Takeda runs into an old acquaintance at a train station in Nagoya, it begins a narrative that weaves the lives of four people... Read more


Rainfish (Andrew Paterson, Text) x

Debut middle-grade novel Rainfish is set in the 1980s during the uncomplicated glory days of Transformers and Star Wars, when ‘being offline’ meant you left... Read more


The Incredibly Busy Mind of Bowen Bartholomew Crisp (Paul Russell & Nicky Johnston, EK Books) x

The title of this picture book is a bit of a mouthful, but it is rather apt because there is a lot going on 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



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