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7 July 2021


Over My Dead Body

FOUR CASES FOUR KILLERS ONLY ONE MAN CAN STOP THEM An unputdownable story of murder, revenge and betrayal from international number one bestseller Jeffrey Archer.... Read more
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New owner for the Turning Page Bookshop x

The Turning Page Bookshop, an independent bookshop in the Blue Mountains NSW, has been purchased by Peggy Miedlar. Previous owners Annie Sharkey and Alan Crooks... Read more


‘Ginnie & Pinney, Learn & Grow’ series optioned for TV

Big Sky Publishing’s educational children’s series Ginnie & Pinney, Learn & Grow has been optioned for development as a television series by Australian animation studio... Read more
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Four Centres Emerging Writers Publishing Program second round announced

Fremantle Press has announced the Four Centres Emerging Writers Publishing Program has received government funding for a further two years, following a successful pilot program.... Read more

Local authors recognised overseas, new Perth indie bookshop

Two local authors have been recognised in overseas awards: Michael Robotham won the CWA Steel Dagger for best thriller for his novel When She Was Good, while Laura Jean Mckay’s The Animals in That Country was shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award for science fiction.

In other awards news, also announced were the ACT Book of the Year shortlist and Griffith Review’s emerging voices competition longlist, as well as the INSPIRE Writer in Residence initiative recipients. Meanwhile, Perth’s Centre for Stories announced the creation of the Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli Fellowship.

A new indie bookshop is to open in the Perth suburb of Mosman Park, while in personnel moves, Booktopia is restructuring its marketing team and Caroline Overington was appointed literary editor at the Australian.

Overseas, A Kind of Spark won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, while Sri Lankan writer Kanya D’Almeida won the overall Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

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Samantha Rutter on founding new publisher Storytorch during Covid x

After crowdfunding a successful 2020 children’s book, author Samantha Rutter sought a way to ‘pay it forward’ through a new publishing house focused on celebrating... Read more


Poppy Nwosu on ‘Road Tripping with Pearl Nash’

Road Tripping with Pearl Nash (Wakefield, September) is Poppy Nwosu’s third romantic novel for young adults. It follows protagonist Pearl Nash on a road trip... Read more


August reviews round-up x

Several highly regarded debut works of fiction coming in August feature millennial protagonists, including Allee Richards’ VPLA Unpublished Manuscript Prize–shortlisted Small Joys of Real Life,... Read more


Bluey replaces ‘She’s on the Money’ at number one x

With school holidays in progress across the country (and many cities in lockdown), Bluey: Giant Activity Pad has replaced Victoria Devine’s She’s on the Money... Read more


Happy Hour (Jacquie Byron, A&U) x

Three years after her husband’s death, 65-year-old artist Frances Calderwood has developed a drinking problem and squirrelled herself away from human contact. However, the cocoon... Read more


Sold Down the River: How Robber Barons and Wall Street Traders Cornered Australia’s Water Market (Scott Hamilton & Stuart Kells, Text ) x

Once upon a time, Australian farmers traded thousands of megalitres of water for something as simple as a slab of beer. Then the economic mood changed.... Read more


Road Tripping with Pearl Nash (Poppy Nwosu , Wakefield) x

Since her 2018 debut Making Friends with Alice Dyson, shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Unpublished Manuscript Award and the Readings Young Adult Book Prize, Poppy Nwosu has been... Read more


The Song of Lewis Carmichael (Sofie Laguna, illus by Marc McBride, A&U Children) x

Lyrical, mesmerising and full of heart, The Song of Lewis Carmichael by Sofie Laguna, complemented by the soft, detailed pencil drawings of Marc McBride, is... Read more


how to make a basket (Jazz Money, UQP)

‘don’t forget this place / where life begins / tell it to the bubs to pass onto theirs / when strangers come / when other... 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

Morgan appointed Australia Council chair

Robert Morgan has been appointed chair of the Australia Council, replacing outgoing chair Sam Walsh, who was appointed to the position in 2016.

Harrison appointed Copyright Agency chair

Copyright Agency board director Kate Harrison has been appointed as the organisation’s chair, replacing Kim Williams. Williams, who was Copyright Agency chair for the past... Read more

Checkland joins Fremantle Press

Jessica Checkland has joined Fremantle Press in the role of events marketing assistant, replacing Tiffany Ko, who finished in the role on Tuesday, 6 July... Read more

Cotcher joins HarperCollins

Sean Cotcher, currently Hachette Australia senior national accounts manager, has joined HarperCollins Australia as head of key accounts, replacing Amy Fox, who is departing the... Read more



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