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28 July 2021

RAFFWU reports in principle agreement with BRTD x

Better Read Than Dead (BRTD) management and members of the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU) at the Newtown bookshop have reached an in... Read more
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Ned Kelly Awards 2021 shortlists announced

The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the shortlist for the 2021 Ned Kelly Awards. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Best crime... Read more

New Collins store Our Bookshop to open in Hawksburn x

Collins Booksellers has announced the establishment of Our Bookshop in Hawksburn, Melbourne. The new store will be located in the former premises of My Bookshop,... Read more
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QBD Books to open new WA store x

QBD Books has announced it will be opening a new store in the Perth suburb of Midland. The new store is part of QBD’s plan... Read more

Welbeck to launch Australian subsidiary, Booker Prize longlist

Independent UK publisher Welbeck is establishing a new standalone Australian subsidiary in partnership with Booktopia, with aims to publish 50 local titles a year.

The NT Writers Festival has launched the program for this year’s event, which runs from 26–29 August, while Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and Writing WA have announced a partnership festival to be held in Perth in October.

In awards news, the shortlists for the Davitt Awards, the Furphy Literary Award, the Mary Gilmore Award and the Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize have been announced. Meanwhile, the KSP residencies recipients were revealed, and this year’s Scarlet Stilettos are offering a record amount of prize money.

Overseas, the longlist for the Booker Prize has been announced, while in the US, Scholastic reported a 13% drop in sales for the most recent financial year.

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Christmas in July: children’s and YA x

Last week Books+Publishing brought you a round up of Australian publishers’ top adult titles releasing time for Christmas 2021. Here are their children’s and young... Read more


Melbourne City of Lit meets Quebec’s Librairie Hannenorak

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


Diana Reid on ‘Love & Virtue’

Diana Reid’s debut novel Love & Virtue (Ultimo, October) explores feminism, power and sex through the lives of two young women at an Australian university. Reviewer... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction NewSouth has sold world English-language rights to Beyond the Hero’s Journey: A screenwriting guide for when you’ve got a different story to tell... Read more


Wolf Girl remains at number one x

Anh Do’s Across the Sea: Wolf Girl 5 remains at number one on the bestsellers chart for the second week in a row, followed by... Read more


The Curlew's Eye (Karen Manton, A&U) x

A poisoned dam, a crumbling abandoned homestead, encounters with a mysterious girl and the pull of a haunting landscape are all woven together in this literary Australian... Read more


Into the Rip (Damien Cave, Scribner) x

Damien Cave’s Into the Rip considers how we calculate and cope with risk in Australia. As the first bureau chief of the New York Times Australian outpost,... Read more


Love & Virtue (Diana Reid, Ultimo Press) x

Two young women. An elite residential college. Michaela and Eve are fundamentally different: Michaela is a reserved scholarship student, while Eve, an outgoing envelope-pusher, is... Read more


Dragon Skin (Karen Foxlee, A&U) x

Dragon Skin is the much-anticipated new novel by Karen Foxlee, author of cherished modern classics including the internationally successful Lenny’s Book of Everything. Foxlee is skilled at... Read more


self/less (AViVA, Macmillan ) x

self/less is the debut novel by self-described multidisciplinary artist AViVA, whose music has a strong online following. Seventeen-year-old Teddy has lived a privileged childhood in... 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

HarperCollins Publishers Australia is thrilled to announce it will publish Lisa Wilkinson’s memoir

HarperCollins Publishers Australia is thrilled to announce it will publish Lisa Wilkinson’s memoir, It Wasn’t Meant to Be Like This, on 27 October 2021. The long-awaited autobiography from one of Australia’s most popular and enduring media stars, It Wasn’t Meant to Be Like This is the story of how a young girl from Campbelltown came to be such a force in Australian cultural life.

Lisa says, ‘It Wasn’t Meant to Be Like This tells the story of how this magazine-junkie kid (proudly) from the western suburbs of Sydney worked hard to survive the bumps and bruises of my teenage years, and went on to find myself in situations and places I could have once only ever dreamt about. In it, I’ve completely opened up on things I’ve never talked about before, not even with some of my closest girlfriends. I share the roller-coaster ride of joys and sadnesses, the pinch-myself moments, and the hard lessons I’ve had to learn along the way. I’ve left no stone unturned, particularly when it comes to some of the more public moments you’ve seen in the headlines. Now, you’ll know the truth.’

Nick Fordham, Lisa’s manager and CEO of The Fordham Company says, ‘I feel very privileged to have been a part of Lisa Wilkinson’s life and career for the last 15 years. This autobiography tells Lisa’s incredible and inspiring life story, all the highs and lows, and her journey to become the prominent and influential Australian media figure she is today. We can’t wait to share this with everyone.’

Lisa’s publisher, Catherine Milne, says, ‘Lisa Wilkinson has blazed an unprecedented and enormously successful trail through the Australian media and cultural landscape for more than four decades, winning the hearts and minds of the Australian people in the process. Her autobiography is— like Lisa herself—brave, creative, intelligent, honest, warm, funny and tremendously engaging. This is her truth, her story, her life—and I can’t wait for this book to get into reader’s hands!’




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