Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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11 August 2021


NSW Premier’s History Awards 2021 shortlists announced

The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) has announced the shortlists for the 2021 NSW Premier’s History Awards, worth $15,000 each. The shortlisted titles in each... Read more
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Chaudhary wins 2021 Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Camilla Chaudhary has won the 2021 Australian Book Review (ABR) Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for her story ‘The Enemy Asyndeton’. Chosen from a shortlist... Read more


ILF announces virtual program for Indigenous Literacy Day 2021

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) has announced an on demand program for Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD), which falls on Wednesday, 1 September this year. The... Read more
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Stanner Award 2021 finalists announced

The shortlist for the 2021 Stanner Award has been announced. Presented every two years by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies... Read more

Picador apologises over response to criticism of Orwell Prize-winner

In the UK, Kate Clanchy will partially rewrite her 2020 Orwell Prize-winning book Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me as publisher Picador... Read more
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S&S stands by Zonfrillo, Dyer to step down from AWW

Simon & Schuster is standing by celebrity chef Jock Zonfrillo’s memoir Last Shot following a profile of Zonfrillo published in Good Weekend.

Jo Dyer will step down as director of Adelaide Writers’ Week after next year’s event. Also in personnel moves, Lou Johnson has resigned from Murdoch Books while Alysha Farry is joining Hachette as marketing and communications director.

A new bookshop, The Junction, has opened in Noosa, while Mary Ryan’s Milton in Brisbane has relocated. Major Street Publishing has launched a new business books podcast, and Ultimo Press and Wavesound have announced a co-production partnership to produce a selection of Ultimo’s titles as audiobooks.

In awards news, the shortlists for the Queensland Literary Awards, National Biography Award and Colin Roderick Award have been announced. Meanwhile, HarperCollins reported its global revenue was up 19%, with profit up 42%, in the latest financial year.

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Melbourne City of Lit meets Angoulême’s La librairie de la bande dessinée et de l’image

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 of... Read more


Jennifer Down on ‘Bodies of Light’

Jennifer Down’s third book Bodies of Light (Text, October) follows protagonist Maggie as she reluctantly revisits a past she’s fought to keep buried. Reviewer Jacqui... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Big Sky Publishing has sold Hungarian rights to The Music Maker of Auschwitz IV (Jaci Byrne) to 21. Század Kiadó and Hitler’s Brothel... Read more


Silva spy thriller ‘The Cellist’ at number one x

Daniel Silva’s new spy thriller The Cellist has debuted at number one on the bestseller charts, pushing Anh Do’s Wolf Girl 5 down to number... Read more


Bodies of Light (Jennifer Down , Text Publishing)

Bodies of Light is Jennifer Down’s third book and her best yet. It begins with fierce, ageing Maggie (now living in the US under a new... Read more


Leaping into Waterfalls: The enigmatic Gillian Mears (Bernadette Brennan, A&U) x

Gillian Mears’s comparatively short life is truly a gift for the brave biographer. A fiction writer of immense talent, Mears received a bounty of accolades,... Read more


Permafrost (S J Norman, UQP)

Permafrost is a decadent, artistic delight, full of sensory pleasure for the reader. S J Norman, a visual and performance artist who won the inaugural Kill Your Darlings Manuscript Award... Read more


The Accidental Penguin Hotel (Andrew Kelly, illus by Dean A Jones, Wild Dog) x

The fairy penguins, or little penguins, that nest on the breakwater in St Kilda, Victoria haven’t always been there—precisely because the breakwater itself was only... Read more


My Brother Ben (Peter Carnavas, UQP)

Acclaimed Australian children’s writer Peter Carnavas has followed up his wonderful first novel The Elephant with another book equally full of heart. An ode to sibling relationships, growing... 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

McClean joins Australia Council x

Georgie McClean has joined the Australia Council as executive director for development and strategic partnerships.

Entries for the 2021 Australian Business Book Awards are now open

The Australian Business Book Awards recognise entrepreneurs, businesspeople and business owners who have written and published a book demonstrating their skill, knowledge and experience in their industry or area of expertise.

Business books published between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021 may be eligible to enter.

More information can be found here.




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