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25 August 2021


The Stoning

The Stoning is an atmospheric page-turner, a brilliant crime novel with superb characters, but also a nuanced and penetrating insight into the heart of a country... Read more
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Nielsen: Indies ‘key to supporting local authors’ x

Nielsen BookScan data prepared for the Australian Booksellers Association shows that Australian authors account for over half of the top 50 fiction bestsellers sold through... Read more


Malwatta wins 2021 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize

Queensland Poetry has announced that Janaka Malwatta has won the 2021 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for his manuscript blackbirds don’t mate with starlings. Malwatta receives... Read more
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Pantera acquires Scott book on mental health x

Pantera Press has acquired world rights to The One Thing We’ve Never Spoken About by journalist, writer and presenter Elfy Scott. Scott’s debut nonfiction book... Read more

Beijing International Book Fair postponed at last minute

The Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF), which was set to run from 25–29 August, has been postponed due to an outbreak of Covid-19 in the... Read more
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CBCA winners, MWF live events cancelled

The winners of this year’s CBCA Book of the Year Awards were announced last Friday. In other awards news, the recipients of the Sydney Opera House Mentorship for Diverse Emerging Writers and shortlists for the Educational Publishing Awards were also revealed.

In other news, Melbourne Writers Festival has cancelled its live events and brought forward its digital program, and Jane Morrow has been appointed Murdoch Books publishing director.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, the WORD Christchurch Festival, which was due to start today, has been postponed due to uncertainty around Covid-19 alert levels and lockdowns. The NZ government has extended the level four lockdown, with booksellers facing uncertainty over whether they are able to trade or not.

Overseas, uncorrected proofs of Sally Rooney’s upcoming novel Beautiful World, Where Are You (Faber) have fetched hundreds of dollars online, and Amazon is reportedly planning to open its own department stores in the US. Meanwhile, in the UAE, the Sharjah Book Authority has launched a pro-reading campaign under the slogan ‘If you’re into something, you’re into books’, with one of its videos reaching over 400,000 views in its first three days.

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Bookselling in a pandemic: 18 months later x

Brunswick Bound manager Ellen Cregan travelled to the United States in March 2020 as part of Melbourne City of Literature’s Bookseller in Residence program. Although... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales  Children’s/YA Hardie Grant Children’s has sold German rights to I Can Wear Anything! and I Can Play with Anything! (Susann Hoffmann); Swedish rights to... Read more


Father’s Day picture books dominate fastest movers x

In the lead-up to Father’s Day Bluey: Daddy Putdown is this week’s fastest mover, jumping up to number two on the overall chart after debuting... Read more


How Decent Folk Behave (Maxine Beneba Clarke, Hachette) x

How Decent Folk Behave is an exploration of the systemic failures that have led to lockdowns, massacres, violence against women and worsening natural disasters over... Read more


She's a Killer (Kirsten McDougall, VUP) x

This fun, dark-comedy thriller is led by one of the most memorable characters I’ve encountered in recent contemporary fiction. Alice is in her late 30s, a near-genius (IQ: 159) content to waste... Read more


How to Repaint a Life (Steven Herrick, UQP) x

How to Repaint a Life is the latest offering from Steven Herrick, author of award-winning young adult titles including The Simple Gift and The Bogan Mondrian. This is gritty,... Read more


Norton and the Borrowing Bear (Gabriel Evans, Berbay)

Gabriel Evans is fast becoming one of the most consistently delightful Australian picture book creators of recent years. With each release he adds to his... 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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