Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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14 July 2021


Byron Writers Festival 2021 cancelled

The 2021 Byron Writers Festival, scheduled to run 6–8 August, has been cancelled. ‘It is with a heavy heart we have made the decision to... Read more
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A&U, Upswell, UQP among Cultural Fund recipients x

The Copyright Agency has announced the 25 successful recipients of a total $818,000 in funding from its Cultural Fund. The resurrected Age Book of the... Read more


PANZ Book Design Awards 2021 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2021 Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards have been announced. Among the categories announced were: Best illustrated book... Read more
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UQP sells ‘The White Girl’ to HarperVia x

UQP has sold world English rights (ex ANZ) for The White Girl by Tony Birch to HarperCollins imprint HarperVia. The deal was handled by UQP... Read more

Mascara Bundanon Writer’s Residency shortlist announced

Mascara Literary Review has announced the shortlist for the inaugural Mascara Bundanon Writer’s Residency. The four shortlisted writers are: Timmah Ball Isabelle Li Luke Patterson... Read more
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Sharp steps down from SWF; new head of sales, publicity manager for Hachette

Chrissy Sharp has stepped down as the CEO of Sydney Writers’ Festival after three years with the organisation, with Brooke Webb and Michael Williams to lead next year’s festival. At Hachette, Lil Kovats has been appointed head of sales and Kate Taperell has been appointed publicity manager.

ALIA’s Online Storytime pilot program has been extended another 12 months, and online self-publishing platform Tablo is launching a new physical book imprint.

In awards news, the winners of the Aurealis Awards and Griffith Review’s Long and the Short of It competition have been announced, as has the shortlist for this year’s Text Prize. The recipients of the Varuna New Zealand residency exchange, Affirm Press Mentorships for Sweatshop Writers and the Reading Australia Fellowship were also all announced this week.

Overseas, US print book sales were up 18.5% in the first half of this year, despite reports that the supply chain is struggling with high costs and service disruptions. Meanwhile, US author Susan Choi was named winner of the £30,000 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award.

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Max Easton on ‘The Magpie Wing’ 

The Magpie Wing (Giramondo, September) is Max Easton’s first book of fiction. Set in western Sydney, the novel follows the relationships between three young adults as they... Read more


Melbourne City of Lit meets Edinburgh’s Typewronger Books

In this series, run in partnership with the Melbourne City of Literature Office, we get to know some of the bookstores in the UNESCO Cities... Read more


Swan’s ‘So You Think You Know What’s Good For You?’ debuts at number two x

On this week’s charts, broadcaster, journalist and doctor Norman Swan’s new health and wellbeing handbook So You Think You Know What’s Good For You? has... Read more


The Magpie Wing (Max Easton, Giramondo) x

Max Easton’s The Magpie Wing is a moving portrait of a city and region undergoing enormous change, told through the perspectives of three unique, sympathetic... Read more


My Friend Fox (Heidi Everett, Ultimo Press) x

This memoir from mental health recovery advocate Heidi Everett is a thoroughly real and stunningly evocative retelling of her life as a person with diagnosed... Read more


Private Prosecution (Lisa Ellery, Fremantle Press) x

Lawyer-turned-writer Lisa Ellery uses her knowledge and experience in the legal sector to round out detailed judicial proceedings in her debut thriller, building a believable... Read more


Anything But Fine (Tobias Madden, Penguin) x

Anything But Fine is the young adult debut of Tobias Madden, who works in publishing and is part of the #LoveOzYA community. Like his main... Read more


Maxine (Bob Graham, Walker Books) x

A ‘companion book’ for Bob Graham’s beloved Max (which was 20 years old in 2020!), Maxine does stand alone but is not as rich if you haven’t... 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 open/ closing soon - Melbourne Prize for Literature 2021 & Awards

TO ENTER please visit www.melbourneprize.org

/ Prize & Award pool over $90,000
/ Two new categories offered
/ For Victorian resident published authors only
/ Finalists receive $1,000 each

ENTRIES CLOSE July 19th at 5pm.




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