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30 June 2021

ABA conference 2021: Diversity discussed, book sales going strong x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) 2021 conference, which was moved online in the wake of uncertainty caused by Melbourne’s Covid-19 outbreak, took place from 20–23... Read more
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Dymocks to add 25 stores as part of three-year plan

Dymocks will launch its own range of non-book items in August this year, and aims to increase the size of the chain by adding 25... Read more


Ell wins 2021 Calibre Essay Prize

Canberra-based editor, translator and author Theodore Ell has won the 15th Calibre Essay prize for ‘Façades of Lebanon’, his essay on the Beirut explosion in... Read more
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Hachette acquires Yarwood debut in two-book deal

Hachette Australia has acquired ANZ rights to Sydney author Dianne Yarwood’s debut novel The Wakes in a ‘hotly contested’ international auction. The six-figure, two-book deal... Read more

Union action at bookshops, Pilkington departs Hachette

A majority of staff at the Readings bookselling chain have voted to negotiate an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, while in Sydney, union members at Better Read Than Dead are undertaking a ballot to determine whether they will strike.

Hachette Australia has announced that sales director Daniel Pilkington is leaving the company after more than 10 years in various roles. Byron Writers Festival has revealed the full program for its 2021 event, which runs from 6–8 August, while poet, writer and critic Sarah Holland-Batt has been awarded the University of Sydney’s $100,000 Judy Harris Fellowship.

The winners of this year’s ABDAs have been revealed, as have the winners of IPEd’s Rosie award and the CBCA’s Nan Chauncy Award, while the longlist for the Colin Roderick Award and the latest recipients of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund were announced earlier this week. Three Australians were shortlisted for the international Desperate Literature Prize, while also overseas, Ali Smith and Joshua Yaffa won this year’s Orwell Prizes.

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Q&A with Dymocks CEO Mark Newman

Dymocks CEO Mark Newman joined the bookselling chain just as the pandemic took hold around the globe. Its effects for Dymocks have been mixed. Newman... Read more


Melbourne City of Lit meets Nottingham’s Five Leaves 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 of Literature... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction HarperCollins has sold Lithuanian translation rights to All Our Shimmering Skies (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate) to Lithuanian Writers’ Union Publishers. Children’s/YA HarperCollins has... Read more


‘She’s on the Money’ debuts at number one x

Financial self-help is back in Australia’s bestsellers chart with podcaster and financial adviser Victoria Devine’s She’s on the Money debuting at number one and Scott... Read more


An Insider's Plague Year (Peter Doherty, MUP) x

Laureate Professor Peter Doherty is one of the most well placed individuals to write a walk-through of the past year and a half of pandemic... Read more


The Things We See in the Light (Amal Awad, Pantera Press) x

This book opens with Sahar arriving on her best friend Lara’s doorstep in Newtown, and it’s apparent Sahar has changed a lot since Lara last... Read more


The School for Talking Pets (Kelli Anne Hawkins, illus by Beth Harvey, HarperCollins) x

With her debut middle grade novel, The School for Talking Pets, Kelli Anne Hawkins brings us a delightful tale that is reminiscent of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Mysterious... Read more


A Trip to the Hospital (Freda Chiu, A&U Children) x

Freda Chiu’s first picture book, aimed at children aged three to seven, provides a friendly introduction to the idea of hospitals and what might happen... 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

Last day for discounted bookmarks and bookplates

Australian Bookmarks and Bookplates is closing today.

Everything now discounted by 70%.

Bookmarks: $2.40 per pack of 6, ex GST. Fantasy, animals, humorous, inspirational and zodiac designs.

Bookplates: $1.03 per pack (12 bookplates per pack) ex GST. Eight designs, including the popular Wise Owl on Books.



Entries open: Melbourne Prize for Literature 2021 & Awards

To enter please visit melbourneprize.org

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

ENTRIES CLOSE July 19 at 5pm


Stories from the City

Love may be simple, but relationships are complex, and this group of thirty-somethings is discovering just how complicated life can get when romance is involved.... Read more



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