Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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18 August 2021


Girt Nation

The saga of Australia continues with … GIRT NATION From the bestselling author of Girt and True Girt comes the highly anticipated Girt Nation. Publishing in... Read more
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S&S to expand local editorial team x

Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) is expanding its local editorial team, with two new full-time editorial positions intended to streamline the publisher’s production.  S&S managing... Read more

Queensland literary projects funded

The University of Queensland will receive $20,000 ‘to provide time and space to emerging writer Ellen van Neerven for their creative development of new work... Read more
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US half-yearly bookstore sales up 30%

In the US, bookstore sales in the first half of 2021 rose 30.3% compared to the same period last year, reports Publishers Weekly. Bookstore sales... Read more

Lockdowns hit sales, Nielsen ebook sales tracking service

Recent lockdowns across several states have led to year-on-year declines in both value and volume of print books, according to Nielsen Book Australia. Nielsen has also launched a new ebook sales tracking service for Australia and New Zealand.

The ASA and ABA are promoting a new ‘shop local, read local’ campaign for CBCA Book Week. In other news, the program for this year’s PANZ conference has been announced, and Hardie Grant North America has appointed a publisher.

The winners of the NT History Book Award and the SLQ Young Writers Award winner were announced. In New Zealand, the winners of the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and the shortlist for the Margaret Mahey Illustration Prize were announced. Meanwhile, Giramondo has partnered with RMIT to launch a new award for speculative fiction.

Overseas, Hachette Book Group is to acquire Workman Publishing, while Picador has apologised for its response to criticism of Kate Clanchy’s Orwell Prize-winning memoir Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me.

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Celebrating 75 years of the CBCA Book of the Year Award x

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book Week—supported by a joint campaign by the ABA and the ASA encouraging people to ‘shop local, read... Read more


Corey Tutt on ‘The First Scientists’

Kamilaroi STEM advocate and founder of Deadly Science Corey Tutt is the author of The First Scientists (illus by Blak Douglas, Hardie Grant, October), which... Read more

Corey Tutt recommends x

My dear friend Terri Janke has just released a book called True Tracks (UNSW Press), which features a number of friends and distant relatives. I... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Affirm Press has sold Slovak rights to The Dictionary of Lost Words (Pip Williams) to Motyl. Black Inc. has sold North American rights... Read more


King’s ‘Billy Summers’ debuts at number two x

Stephen King’s latest thriller novel Billy Summers debuts at number two on the bestsellers list and is this week’s highest new entry, while The Cellist... Read more


The Dancer: A biography for Phillippa Cullen (Evelyn Juers, Giramondo) x

Dead in 1975 at 25 years old, the Australian avant-garde dancer, teacher and artist Philippa Cullen lived a tragically short life. And yet, at the... Read more


Wild Abandon (Emily Bitto, A&U) x

Emily Bitto’s second novel paints a portrait of a young man as he grapples with love, relationships and his place in the world. In the... Read more


A Duck Called Brian (Al Murphy, Scholastic) x

Brian the duck is unique—unlike all his yellow duck friends, he is bright blue. When Brian wakes up one morning to find he has run... Read more


The First Scientists (Corey Tutt, illus by Blak Douglas, Hardie Grant ) x

In The First Scientists, Corey Tutt, founder of the Deadly Science charity and NSW Young Person of the Year 2020, brings us an extremely engaging, informative and... Read more


Social Queue (Kay Kerr, Text) x

Neurodiverse teenager Zoe is undertaking an internship at an online media company when her first assignment, about the struggles of navigating the online dating scene... 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

Finemore appointed Willy Lit Fest program director x

Jane Finemore has been appointed program director of Williamstown Literary Festival, succeeding Stella Kinsella. Finemore, who runs her own publishing communication consultancy, is the current... Read more

Writing about books with Declan Fry

The best writers are also great readers. In this new Faber Writing Academy course you will learn to read like a writer—discovering how to read a book closely in order to write reviews for publication and find ways to read to inspire your own creative writing. This online course starts on Tuesday 12 October and includes three weekly session.

More information can be found on the Faber Academy website.


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 at: www.businessbookawards.com.au


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