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4 August 2021



24 HOURS AFTER LEAVING HIS CELL HE WAS DEAD. CAN SHE FIND OUT WHY? ‘S R White is the real deal.’ —Chris Hammer, author of... Read more
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Christie appointed HEAT editor

Giramondo Publishing has announced the appointment of Alexandra Christie as the editor of the third series of HEAT literary journal. Christie joins the Giramondo team... Read more


‘Still Alive’ sells to Fantagraphics

Melbourne graphic novel publisher Twelve Panels Press has sold world English rights (ex ANZ) to Safdar Ahmed’s Still Alive to Gary Groth at Fantagraphics, to... Read more
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Pantera acquires McWilliams debut middle-grade novel x

Pantera Press has acquired world rights to The Reindeer and the Submarine, the debut middle-grade novel by Beverly McWilliams. Inspired by the true story of... Read more

MWF program, latest award winners

Melbourne Writers Festival has revealed this year’s program, which runs from 3–12 September. Meanwhile, Writing NSW and the NT Writers Centre, as well as the NSW Central Coast’s Words on the Waves Writers Festival are among the latest recipients of the federal government’s RISE funding.

Brisbane’s Folio Books has announced its closure. Melbourne bookshops have banded together on a new initiative to support booksellers and authors, while Adam Suckling and Kate Torney have stepped down as CEOs of the Copyright Agency and State Library Victoria respectively.

The winners of the Text Prize, ACT Book of the Year and Overland’s Kuracca Prize were all announced, as was the shortlist for the revived Age Book of the Year.

In the UK, more than 2600 authors and illustrators signed an open letter against mooted changes to copyright and trade laws, while in the US, reading time was up 21% last year. The shortlists for the UK’s Polari Prize for LGBTQ+ literature were also announced.

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Reps off the road: Mandy Wildsmith on repping during lockdown x

While the Covid-19 pandemic is far from over, some semblance of normality is on the horizon. Here, Mandy Wildsmith from Hardie Grant Books reflects on... Read more


Cat Rabbit on ‘How to Make Friends: A Bear’s Guide’

Cat Rabbit is a textile artist and designer based in Melbourne. In her latest picture book, How to Make Friends: A Bear’s Guide (Berbay, October),... Read more


September reviews round-up x

In September, our reviewers enjoyed several forthcoming novels exploring themes of change, identity and relationships from Max Easton, Amal Awad and Jacquie Byron. Easton’s The... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction       Brandl & Schlesinger has sold US and Canadian rights to Mother Tongue (Joyce Kornblatt) to Publerati Maine. Children’s/YA Hardie Grant Children’s has sold... Read more


‘The Labyrinth’ enters top 10 at number two x

Amanda Lohrey’s 2021 Miles Franklin Literary Award winner The Labyrinth has entered the top 10 bestsellers chart at number two and is subsequently this week’s... Read more


Out Here: An anthology of Takatāpui & LGBTQIA+ writers from Aotearoa (ed by Chris Tse & Emma Barnes, Auckland University Press) x

The whakataukī (Māori proverb) ‘ka mua, ka muri’ means ‘to walk backwards into the future’; we look to the past to inform our future. Out Here: An anthology of... Read more


Scary Monsters (Michelle de Kretser, A&U) x

Montpellier, France, 1981. Twenty-two-year-old Lili is teaching English at a local high school and navigating a new experience of displacement in her adopted European home—after... Read more


The Stoning (Peter Papathanasiou, Transit Lounge)

At dawn one Sunday, homicide detective George Manolis is woken with a call: a schoolteacher has been murdered in the outback town of Cobb, and... Read more


Dark Rise (C S Pacat, A&U) x

Will is on the run from the men who killed his mother. When a terrifying artefact is unleashed on the Thames docks, Will finds himself... Read more


How to Make Friends: A Bear’s Guide (Cat Rabbit, Berbay) x

Bear loves writing, drawing and collecting stickers. But with only the company of her toys, Bear is a bit lonely and would like to make... 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

Gaudry joins Hachette Australia

Kelly Gaudry has been appointed to the existing position of senior national account manger at Hachette Australia in Sydney, replacing Sean Cotcher in the role.... Read more

Affirm Press Mentorship Award—open now

Are you writing a story that reflects the diversity of contemporary life?

The Affirm Press Mentorship Award is an excellent opportunity to be mentored by the Affirm Press editorial team during a week-long residency at Varuna the National Writers’ House.

Applications for the award close 15 September 2021.

For all the details, head to: https://www.varuna.com.au/fellowships/affirm2021


New distributor for Bad Apple Press

Independent book publisher Bad Apple Press has moved distribution from BPS to Peribo, effective from August 31. For all trade orders please contact info@peribo.com.au




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