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21 July 2021


The Last Checkmate

Readers of Heather Morris’s The Tattooist of Auschwitz and watchers of The Queen’s Gambit won’t want to miss this amazing debut set during World War II. A young Polish resistance... Read more
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Simpson wins 2021 ALS Gold Medal for ‘Song of the Crocodile’

Nardi Simpson has won the 2021 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal for Song of the Crocodile (Hachette). Song of the Crocodile is Simpson’s debut... Read more

NZ publishers, authors call for National Library to overturn agreement with Internet Archive x

The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc and the Publishers Association of New Zealand Te Rau o Tākupu... Read more
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QBD Books named finalist in 2021 National Retail Awards

QBD Books is a finalist in the 2021 National Retail Awards for the title of Large Retailer of the Year. The Brisbane-based book retailer said... Read more

Lohrey wins Miles Franklin, Hardie Grant buys out founding investor

Amanda Lohrey has won this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award for her seventh novel, The Labyrinth.

Hardie Grant has bought out founding investor Associated Media Investments (AMI), introduced a new board, and reported revenue of over $100 million. Workers at Better Read Than Dead have voted for industrial action, with more than 200 authors signing an open letter in support.

The ABA has announced changes to its committee, including a new president, while Hachette marketing and communications director Emma Rusher is leaving the company. Meanwhile, Canberra Writers Festival organisers have postponed this year’s festival from August until spring.

In awards news, Asphyxia’s Future Girl won the Readings YA book prize, the finalists for the Ngaio Marsh and PANZ Book Design Awards were announced, and the winner of the inaugural Island Nonfiction Prize and the shortlist for the Mascara Bundanon Writer’s Residency were also revealed. Meanwhile, Writing NSW and the Sydney Opera House have each announced details of new writing and publishing mentorship programs for First Nations and culturally diverse applicants.

Italian book sales were up 44% in the first half of this year compared to 2020, while Peter Warwick has been appointed Scholastic president and CEO.

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Christmas in July

Books+Publishing rounds up Australian publishers’ top local adult titles releasing in time for Christmas 2021. Literary highlights Hannah Kent’s hotly anticipated third novel Devotion (Picador,... Read more


Annie Raser-Rowland on ‘Let’s Eat Weeds!’

Annie Raser-Rowland is a Melbourne-based horticulturalist and artist. She is the co-author (with Adam Grubb) of Let’s Eat Weeds (Scribble, September), a guidebook for young... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Fremantle Press has sold large format rights to The River Mouth (Karen Herbert) and The Last Bookshop (Emma Young) to Ulverscroft UK. HarperCollins... Read more


New Wolf Girl reaches number one x

Children’s books and adult thrillers dominate the charts for this week. Anh Do’s Across the Sea: Wolf Girl 5 is this week’s fastest moving title,... Read more


In Moonland (Miles Allinson, Scribe) x

Miles Allinson’s accomplished second novel—the follow-up to his moving and deeply personal 2015 debut Fever of Animals—is an ambitious and gripping story of parenthood, utopias and environmental collapse, told across several... Read more


Believe in Me (Lucy Neave, UQP) x

Bet is a Sydney-based veterinarian raised in Adelaide by her single mother, Sarah. When Bet starts questioning her gender, identity and place in the world, she... Read more


New Australian Fiction 2021 (ed by Rebecca Starford , Kill Your Darlings) x

Kill Your Darlings’ third annual short fiction anthology, New Australian Fiction 2021, brims with stories—by diverse authors both emerging and established—that traverse a wide array... Read more


Let's Eat Weeds! (Annie Raser-Rowland & Adam Grubb, illus by Evie Barrow, Scribble) x

I can’t think of anything more anxiety-provoking than helping children decide which weeds are safe to eat. But Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland tackle the... Read more


Treasure in the Lake (Jason Pamment, A&U) x

Friendship, hidden cities and all-round adventure lie at the heart of Jason Pamment’s immersive graphic novel Treasure in the Lake. Sam and Iris have been best friends since they were... 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



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