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29 September 2021


Danged Black Thing

Danged Black Thing is an extraordinary collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, patriarchy and womanhood, from a remarkable and original voice.... Read more
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Crime novel ‘The Whispering’ wins 2021 Banjo Prize

HarperCollins Australia has announced Veronica Lando as the winner of the 2021 Banjo Prize for her ‘hauntingly atmospheric mystery’ manuscript The Whispering. Lando’s crime novel... Read more

Voss Literary Prize 2021 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2021 Voss Literary Prize, awarded to the best novel published in Australia in the previous year, has been announced. The longlisted... Read more
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Jennings wins British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer

Kathleen Jennings has won the Best Newcomer category in the 2021 British Fantasy Awards for her Australian gothic novel Flyaway (Picador). Jennings’ debut novel, chosen... Read more


HarperCollins acquires Molloy’s ‘You Made Me This Way’ x

HarperCollins Australia has acquired ANZ rights to You Made Me This Way by journalist Shannon Molloy, in a deal brokered by Pippa Masson of Curtis... Read more
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New Readings shop, McKay wins Arthur C Clarke Award

Melbourne bookseller Readings will open a new shop—the chain’s eighth—in the Emporium shopping complex in the Melbourne CBD. In other retail news, performing arts specialist Book Nook has been saved from closure and will relaunch as an online store.

The Australian Publishers Association will run its Indies Roadshow online again this year, following the inaugural virtual event held in response to the pandemic in 2020. Meanwhile, Oxford University Press has launched new branding to support its ongoing digital transformation.

Laura Jean McKay has won the UK’s Arthur C Clarke Award for science fiction for her debut novel The Animals in that Country. Also announced this week was the shortlist for the Nib Literary Award and the recipients of the Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli and Ray Koppe fellowships, as well as a new book cover design competition from MidnightSun Publishing.

In overseas awards news, the winner of the Klaus Flugge Prize was announced, as were shortlists for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year and the Cundill History Prize.

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Career path: Cate Blake x

Cate Blake began her publishing career at Penguin Random House Australia as an editorial assistant. In 2018 she was nominated for the inaugural ABIA Rising... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction Pantera Press has sold Czech rights to The Jungle Doctor (Chloe Buiting) to Argo, via Kristin Olson Literary Agency. Children’s/YA  Hachette has sold... Read more


Bluey, Wolf Girl dominate Aus children’s bestsellers YTD x

The Australian children’s year to date (YTD) charts continue to be dominated by Bluey, so much so that Nielsen Book Australia has provided the children’s... Read more


Moriarty debuts at number one x

Liane Moriarty’s latest novel Apples Never Fall has debuted in the top spot on this week’s bestseller charts, pushing Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World, Where Are... Read more


Doing Politics: Writing on public life (Judith Brett, Text) x

The state of the humanities in Australia today fills Judith Brett with despair. If she had a child considering a liberal arts degree now, and... Read more


Killernova (Omar Musa, Penguin) x

The latest collection from slam poet champion Omar Musa is a raw and muscular combination of poetry and woodcut art that uses the visual and... Read more


Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief (Katrina Nannestad , ABC Books) x

Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief is a historical novel for middle-grade readers set during WWII. Young Sasha lies in a hospital in Berlin, recovering after the... Read more


Wiradjuri Country (Larry Brandy, NLA Publishing) x

In Wiradjuri Country, Wiradjuri author Larry Brandy (along with several Indigenous artists, and with many photographs), offers a wealth of detailed information about flora, fauna, habitat, history,... 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

Text acquires Nick Cave book

Faith, Hope and Carnage is an intimate and honest conversation about big ideas including faith, art, music and grief.

Co-written by Nick Cave and Observer journalist Sean O’Hagan, this new book explores Cave’s life, his music and the dramatic transformation of both, wrought by personal tragedy. It is a project that came from a series of conversations during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdowns, but will remain an inspiration to readers for years to come.

Publication, in partnership with Canongate from whom Text pre-empted ANZ rights, is scheduled for late 2022.




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