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6 October 2021


Monash Publishing appoints Carlomagno publisher x

Monash University Publishing has announced the appointment of Black Inc. publisher Julia Carlomagno to the newly created role of publisher, as Monash Publishing moves ‘away... Read more
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Text moves offices x

After 17 years at Swann House in Melbourne’s CBD, Text Publishing has moved. The publisher told Books+Publishing the move around the corner to Royal Bank... Read more


Transit Lounge acquires Fyfe novel ‘T’ x

Transit Lounge has acquired world rights to T, a novel by Perth-based author Alan Fyfe. T is about ‘people living on the economic margins and... Read more
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National Book Awards 2021 shortlists announced

In the US, the finalists for the 2021 National Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Fiction Cloud Cuckoo Land (Anthony Doerr, Fourth... Read more

Canberra Writers Festival cancelled, Open Book internship pilot to run in 2022

After an initial postponement, the Canberra Writers Festival has announced the event will not go ahead in 2021, due to ongoing Covid outbreaks in the ACT.

Open Book, a new paid internship aiming to increase cultural diversity in the Australian publishing workforce, has announced the details of its 2022 pilot program. The Hazel Rowley fellowship has increased from $15,000 to $20,000, while the Australian Crime Writers Association has announced a new fiction award. In other news, Clare Hallifax has been appointed publisher of Walker Books Australia and New Zealand, replacing Linsay Knight in the role.

Veronica Lando is the winner of HarperCollins’ 2021 Banjo Prize for her ‘hauntingly atmospheric’ crime novel The Whispering. The longlist for the Voss Literary Prize was also announced this week, as were the winners of the Aotearoa Book Trade Industry Awards and the recipient of the NZSA Beatson Fellowship. In the UK, Australian author Kathleen Jennings won the Best Newcomer category at the British Fantasy Awards, for her debut novel Flyaway (Picador).

Overseas, this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair—which runs from 20–24 October—is expecting between 700 and 800 delegates to attend in person, well down on 2019’s total of 4000 international guests. In France, lawmakers are considering a draft law that would stop Amazon from offering virtually free delivery for book purchases. Canadian book sales were up 11% in the first six months of this year, and in the UK, Clare Whitfield was named the winner of the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award for her debut novel People of Abandoned Character, described as ‘a fresh take on the Jack the Ripper Story’.

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Stephanie Parkyn on ‘The Freedom of Birds’ x

The Freedom of Birds (A&U, December) is Stephanie Parkyn’s third novel, completing the loose historical trilogy that began with Into the World and Josephine’s Garden... Read more


November reviews round-up x

Come November two highly anticipated essay collections from two prominent Australian scholars will be hitting bookshelves: Another Day in the Colony (Chelsea Watego, UQP) and... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales  Children’s/YA Affirm Press has sold South Korean rights to The Grandest Bookshop in the World (Amelia Mellor) to Booknbean. Fremantle Press has sold Russian... Read more


Moriarty, Rooney top charts as adult fiction dominates x

For the second week in a row, Liane Moriarty’s latest novel Apples Never Fall and Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World, Where Are You are in first... Read more


Cold Coast (Robyn Mundy, Ultimo) x

It’s 1932. Ivanna ‘Wanny’ Woldstad longs to enter the male-dominated world of hunting and trapping. An independently minded woman, she runs her own taxi in... Read more


The Freedom of Birds (Stephanie Parkyn, A&U) x

For the charming, self-absorbed Rémi Victoire and his faithful companion, Pascal, the life of itinerant storytellers allows them to forget the staggering betrayal that first... Read more


The Last Woman in the World (Inga Simpson, Hachette) x

Inga Simpson’s fourth novel asks who we would choose to become in a catastrophic near-future Australia. Ray, short for Rachel, is a glass artist who... Read more


The Midnight Girls (Alicia Jasinska, Penguin) x

Alicia Jasinska’s The Midnight Girls will be eagerly devoured by fans of her dark fantasy YA debut The Dark Tide. In Lechija, a kingdom much like 18th-century Poland,... 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


Indies Roadshow 2021 now available on YouTube

The Independent Publishers Committee and Australian Publishers Association would like to thank all the publishers involved in the Roadshow this year as well as the live audience who joined us virtually last Wednesday. To catch up on all the best upcoming releases from Black Inc., Giramondo, UQP, NewSouth Books, Magabala Books and many more you can now watch the Roadshow on demand on YouTube.


Julia Carlomagno joins Monash Publishing

Monash Publishing is delighted to announce the appointment of Julia Carlomagno as publisher. Armed with a wealth of experience with publishers including Black Inc., Scribe and Penguin, Julia’s appointment continues a move away from largely scholarly output towards an expanded evidence-based non-fiction list. Julia will commence on October 11 and can be contacted at Julia.Carlomagno@monash.edu


Upcoming change of distribution for Head of Zeus

Following the recent purchase of Head of Zeus by Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury will take over distribution of Head of Zeus (HoZ) titles in Australia and New Zealand from 1st February 2022.

The Bloomsbury/Allen & Unwin sales teams will begin meeting with customers soon, to present HoZ new release titles to be published on and after 1 February.

We thank HarperCollins Australia for their excellent representation and support of the HoZ list over the last several years. HarperCollins/HEDS will continue to distribute HoZ backlist and Christmas release titles until 31st January.

Further announcements will follow regarding processing of returns at HEDs and final order cut off dates.


Thames & Hudson Australia to distribute SendPoints

Thames & Hudson Australia is pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with Sendpoints, the most innovative book production coming out of Asia. The Sendpoints catalogue is now available to the Australian book trade with Thames & Hudson Australia and fulfilled via Alliance Distribution Services (ADS).




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