Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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15 September 2021


Melbourne Prize for Literature finalists announced

The Melbourne Prize Trust has announced the finalists for the triennial Melbourne Prize for Literature. The finalists are: Melbourne Prize for Literature ($60,000) Jordie Albiston... Read more
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Bray to leave Bloomsbury Australia x

Bloomsbury Australia managing director Liz Bray has decided to step down from the role later this year. In a statement, Bray said she is leaving... Read more


‘The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name’ sells to North America

Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing (HGCP) has sold North American rights to The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name by Sandhya Parappukkaran and Michelle Pereira... Read more
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Merriman YA novels optioned for screen x

Screen adaption rights to YA novels Catch Me When You Fall and Invisibly Breathing by New Zealand author Eileen Merriman have been optioned by Enjoy... Read more


Booker Prize 2021 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2021 Booker Prize has been announced. The six books shortlisted for the £50,000 (A$94,300) prize are: A Passage North (Anuk Arudpragasam, Granta)... Read more
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New distribution centre for Booktopia, QLA winners

Booktopia has secured a new warehousing and distribution space in Sydney’s South West, with the facility to provide increased capacity in time for Christmas.

The program for the inaugural Ubud Readers & Writers Festival Perth, which runs from 8–10 October, has been announced. Ingram has announced a local name change, and the University of Queensland Press has opened a bookshop at the university’s main campus.

The winners of the Queensland Literary Awards, the Environment Award for Children’s Literature, the Stanner Award and the Educational Publishing Awards Australia were all announced over the past week, as was the NZ Writers’ Award. Also announced were the longlists for the $100,000 ARA Historical Novel Prize and the shortlist for the Banjo Prize.

Overseas, Amazon and the Big Five publishers are seeking to dismiss a price-fixing suit filed in a US Court. Susanna Clarke won the UK’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, while the Wainwright Prizes for nature and conservation writing winners were also announced. Canongate has reported revenue growth of 16% in 2020, and a US investment fund has upped its stake in retailer WHSmith to becomes its largest shareholder.

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Exploring the natural world: Australian environment-themed children’s books x

The forthcoming final edition for 2021 of Books+Publishing’s sister publication Think Australian is shining a light on Australian titles ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair. In... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Hachette has sold UK and Commonwealth (ex Canada) rights to The Tea Ladies of St Jude’s Hospital (Joanna Nell), and UK and Commonwealth... Read more


Jamie Oliver moves to top spot x

After debuting in tenth spot last week, Jamie Oliver’s latest cookbook, Together, has risen to first place on the overall bestsellers charts. There are no... Read more


Danged Black Thing (Eugen Bacon, Transit Lounge) x

Lyrical, rich, oftentimes dark and sometimes hopeful, Danged Black Thing is a speculative fiction collection that takes the reader on a journey from Africa to Australia. The cities and... Read more


Skimming Stones (Maria Papas, Fremantle Press) x

Thrombolites—living rocks made from microbes—exist in only a few places on Earth, including Lake Clifton, south of Perth. Here, the thrombolites are thousands of years... Read more


Big Love (Megan Jacobson, illus by Beck Feiner, Walker Studio) x

This sweet picture book debut draws an immediate comparison with children’s bookshelf classic Guess How Much I Love You. As the borders of Big Love’s world unspool, from house... Read more


Hometown Haunts: #LoveOzYA Horror Tales (ed by Poppy Nwosu, Wakefield Press) x

To the library of #LoveOzYA anthologies (Begin, End, Begin; Meet Me at the Intersection; Underdog; Kindred) comes Hometown Haunts, a new collection featuring 12 short stories... 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


Strange Days 2021 Writing Award

Moonee Valley Libraries is proud to present the Strange Days 2021 Writing Award, judged by award-winning author, Helen Garner.

Entries open Monday 20 September.
Full details can be found on our website.


Bookings closing for Think Australian Frankfurt

Bookings are closing Friday 17 September for Think Australian’s Frankfurt issue out 30 September.

The Frankfurt issue includes a limited number of banner ads and prominently placed title preview ads. Discounts apply for multiple bookings.

View our London issue.

See our media kit for more details or email to book your spot.


When I’m a Surgeon

You can’t be what you can’t see! Dream Big, Aim High. This delightful book highlights the many opportunities a surgical career offers beyond the traditional... Read more



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