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23 June 2021



Who is Rampaging Roy Slaven? An Australian icon, a raconteur, an athlete of unsurpassable—and some may say improbable—sporting feats. Whether it was riding Rooting King... Read more
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Byron Writers Festival 2021 full program announced

Byron Writers Festival has revealed the full program for its 2021 event, which runs the weekend of 6–8 August at various locations throughout Byron Bay,... Read more


Chow wins 2021 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction

Keshe Chow has won the 2021 Lip magazine Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction for her story ‘Lady Finger’. Judge Nicola Redhouse said Chow’s story ‘achieved... Read more
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D&Q to publish Ang short story collection, graphic novel x

Canadian publisher Drawn & Quarterly (D&Q) has acquired world rights (ex ANZ) to two books by Melbourne-based cartoonist Rachel Ang, via Danielle Binks of Jacinta... Read more


NewSouth acquires Kamenev’s ‘Kin’

NewSouth has acquired ANZ rights to Kin: Family in the 21st century by journalist Marina Kamenev via Melanie Ostell Literary. In Kin, Kamenev will investigate... Read more
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Miles Franklin shortlist, Booksellers’ Choice award winners x

Last week the shortlist for the 2021 Miles Franklin Literary Award was announced, while the Australian Booksellers Association announced the winners of its Booksellers’ Choice awards, with The Little Bookroom’s Michael Earp and Where the Wild Things Are’s Genevieve Kruyssen taking home bookseller and young bookseller of the year respectively.

The shortlists for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards were also announced, as was the winner of the 2021 Penguin Literary Prize, which went to James McKenzie Watson for the manuscript of his novel Denizen. Meanwhile, literary organisations including Express Media, Sydney Review of Books and Suburban Review were among the recent recipients of Australia Council funding.

In other awards news, the shortlist for the prestigious ALS Gold Medal was revealed, Nakkiah Lui and Philip Bunting were awarded the biennial Russell Prize for Humour Writing in their respective categories, and the shortlists for the 2021 Environment Award for Children’s Literature were announced. Booktopia was also shortlisted in two categories for the Online Retail Industry Awards.

In the UK, Hilary Mantel took out the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for The Mirror & the Light (Fourth Estate), beating out several Australian authors for the prize, while the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals for children’s literature were awarded to Jason Reynolds and Sydney Smith respectively.

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Meet the ABDA Emerging Designers of the Year: Mika Tabata x

In the lead-up to the 2021 Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) awards, Books+Publishing spoke to the two shortlisted nominees for Emerging Designer of the Year. In this second... Read more


Annie Smithers on ‘Recipe for a Kinder Life’

Chef, cookbook author and writer Annie Smithers’s Recipe for a Kinder Life (Thames & Hudson, August) blends memoir, philosophy and practical tips on sustainability based... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction The Jane Novak Agency has sold Russian-language rights to Lucky’s (Andrew Pippos, Picador) to Eksmo Publishing; and Greek translation rights and UK rights... Read more


Second Clinton novel debuts at number two x

Adult fiction continues to dominate the Australian bestsellers chart, making up eight of the top 10 titles. Nora Roberts’s Legacy is spending its second consecutive week... Read more


Dark as Last Night (Tony Birch, UQP) x

It’s a deceptively simple premise: two young brothers bond over a newfound love of bike riding. But as ‘Bicycle Thieves’ unfolds, a sweet yet dark... Read more


Nostalgia Has Ruined My Life (Zarah Butcher-McCunnigle, Giramondo) x

‘I’m shopping local this year and I’m single,’ says the narrator of this novella. ‘I keep thinking “please kill me” and “back to basics.”’ Written... Read more


Recipe for a Kinder Life (Annie Smithers, Thames & Hudson) x

If you’ve had the good fortune to dine at Trentham’s du Fermier, where much of the food served is grown on chef/owner Annie Smithers’s own... Read more


Grandma’s Prickly Secret (Trudie Trewin, illus by Nelli Suneli, Larrikin House) x

When the child in this picture book barges in on their grandma in the bathroom attempting to pluck out two prominent chin hairs, they proceed... Read more


Half My Luck (Samera Kamaleddine, HarperCollins) x

The first winner of HarperCollins’ Matilda Children’s Literature Prize is a warm-hearted and authentic coming-of-age story about the impact of race and place on our... 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

Yang joins Books+Publishing

Anthea Yang has joined Books+Publishing as editorial assistant.

Final days: 70% discount on bookmarks and bookplates

Australian Bookmarks and Bookplates is closing on 30 June.

Everything now discounted by 70%.

Bookmarks: fantasy, animals, humorous, inspirational and zodiacs.

Bookplates: eight designs, including the popular Wise Owl on Books.





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