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19 May 2021


Miles Franklin Literary Award 2021 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2021 Miles Franklin Literary Award, worth $60,000, has been announced. The 12 longlisted novels are: Amnesty (Aravind Adiga, Picador) The Rain Heron... Read more
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Byron Writers Festival announces first guests for 2021 event

The Byron Writers Festival, scheduled to run 6 to 8 August this year, has announced its first guests. Julia Baird (Phosphorescence, Fourth Estate), will appear... Read more


Amazon picks up ‘The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart’ series adaptation

Amazon Prime Video has announced it has commissioned production on a seven-part series adaptation of Holly Ringland’s 2018 novel The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (Fourth... Read more
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Brio joins Booktopia; Booksellers’ Choice shortlists

Independent publisher Brio Books has been integrated into Booktopia, in a deal which will see the small press continue to publish books under the Brio imprint as part of Booktopia Publishing.

Google will no longer allow the advertising of ebooks on Google Shopping ads, with physical books and audiobooks unaffected by the change. Creative Victoria’s latest round of VicArts funding has several writers and literary projects among its recipients.

In awards news, the ABA announced the shortlists for the Booksellers’ Choice 2021 Book of the Year Awards, while the winners of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Pacific region), SCBWI Crystal Kite Award and Ockham New Zealand Book Awards were revealed. Meanwhile, there are two new award categories in the triennial Melbourne Prize for Literature.

The UK’s competition regulators have cleared Bertelsmann’s acquisition of Simon & Schuster, while the deal is still under scrutiny in the US. This year’s Beijing Book Fair will run as a hybrid event, with only China-based publishers allowed to attend in-person, while in international awards news, the winners of the British Book Awards and the Dylan Thomas Prize were announced.

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Meet literary agent Natasha Solomun 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 Natasha Solomun, who... Read more
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Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Fremantle Press has sold Turkish-language rights to Over My Dead Body (Dave Warner) to Yeri Insan Publishing in Turkey. HarperCollins Australia has sold... Read more


Williams, Pape top 2021 YTD Australian charts x

Pip Williams’s lockdown bestseller The Dictionary of Lost Words—which was number six on the overall Australian fiction bestsellers chart in 2020—has risen to number one... Read more


Bluey tops Mother’s Day charts x

In the week leading up to Mother’s Day Bluey: My Mum is the Best was both the best- and fastest-selling title in Australia, pushing the... Read more


After Story (Larissa Behrendt, UQP) x

‘Books have been my lifeline, my escape.’ Jasmine’s family was forever changed by the loss of her sister when she was three. Now a lawyer,... Read more


Gentle and Fierce (Vanessa Berry, Giramondo) x

If you grew up in the 80s you’ll probably remember that infamous scene in The NeverEnding Story where Artax the horse sinks forever into the... Read more


The Newcomer (Laura Elizabeth Woollett, Scribe) x

Paulina Novak is a bad-girl bogan archetype in early 2000s Sydney. Stuck in a rut, she moves on a whim to Fairfolk Island, a fictional... Read more


The Cat Thief (Pat Simmons, illus by Liz Duthie, Little Pink Dog Books) x

Olive desperately wants a cat. So much so she is willing to steal them from off the street! The Cat Thief is a wickedly sly... Read more


Shockingly Good Stories (R A Spratt, Puffin) x

The foreword to R A Spratt’s latest middle-grade book declares that the collection of stories the reader holds in their hands was created specifically to... Read more

Vale Bill Noble

New Zealand bookseller Bill Noble died in April 2021. Noble, who also served on the board of Booksellers NZ, was the manager of Dunedin’s University... 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

Entries now open in the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2021

To enter, and for more information, please visit melbourneprize.org.

/ Prize & Award pool over $90,000
/ Two new categories on offer
/ Open to published Victorian resident authors only
/ Finalists receive $1000 each




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