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27 October 2021

WBN published Thursday next week

The Weekly Book Newsletter (WBN) will be published on Thursday, 4 November, next week due to the Melbourne Cup public holiday on Tuesday, 2 November... Read more
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Moriarty, de Kretser, Allende among first AWW guests

Adelaide Writers’ Week (AWW), which runs as part of Adelaide Festival, has announced the first guests for its 2022 festival, to take place 5–10 March... Read more


A&U acquires debut middle-grade novel ‘A Girl Called Corpse’ x

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired ANZ rights to A Girl Called Corpse: An Elston-Fright tale, the debut middle-grade novel by Reece Carter. The book... Read more
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Bonnier UK to launch ‘disruptive’ new publisher

In the UK, Bonnier Books is launching a new ‘independently run, disruptive publisher of literary fiction and narrative nonfiction’, Footnote Press, in partnership with founders... Read more

Record-breaking week for book sales, PMLAs shortlists

Australian book sales for the week ending 16 October broke the 10-year average BookScan weekly sales record for this time of year, as New South Wales booksellers were finally able to open up to customers.

The program for the 10th annual SPN Independent Publishing Conference, which runs from 25–27 November, has been announced. Meanwhile, the Aotearoa NZ industry has been shocked by a NZ$500k government grant for a book recommendation site.

The shortlists for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. Jock Serong and Katrina Nannestad were named the winners of this year’s Historical Novel Prizes, worth a total of $100,000. The Australian nominees for the 2022 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award were announced, as was the shortlist for the SPN Book of the Year Award, and this year’s Writers Victoria Writeability fellows.

Overseas, Frankfurt reported that over 70,000 attended this year’s fair in person. Meanwhile, there was controversy over the presence of a far-right wing German publisher, over which a handful of authors boycotted the fair. The winner of the German Book Prize was announced, as were the three finalists for the Cundill History Prize.

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The road not taken: One year on from the 2020 Beatrice Davis Fellowship report x

Following her 2020 Beatrice Davis Fellowship report ‘It’s hard to be what you can’t see: Diversity Within Australian Publishing’, Radhiah Chowdhury reflects on the experiences... Read more


Josh Pyke & Ronojoy Ghosh on ‘Family Tree’

Singer–songwriter and children’s book author Josh Pyke celebrates Australia’s diverse and multicultural society in his latest picture book Family Tree (Scholastic, January) with illustrations by Ronojoy... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Children’s/YA  Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing has sold Swedish rights to Noah and Blue’s Zooniverse: The outstanding octokey and Noah and Blue’s Zooniverse: The speedy... Read more


New Reilly novel debuts in top spot x

Matthew Reilly’s latest novel, The One Impossible Labyrinth, has debuted at number one on this week’s bestsellers chart, ending the four-week streak of Liane Moriarty’s... Read more


The Beautiful Words (Vanessa McCausland, HarperCollins) x

Sylvie is a lover of words who lives a quiet and solitary life after an accident as a teenager robbed her of her memories. When... Read more


Fancy Meeting You Here (Michelle Kalus & Ali Berg, A&U) x

Fancy Meeting You Here is a breezy, fun escapist novel that any romance lover would surely pick up at the airport. At a time when international... Read more


Twelve Summers (Adam Zwar, Hachette) x

Twelve Summers is a memoir by actor and writer Adam Zwar, structured around the retelling of several memorable performances by the Australian men’s cricket team... Read more


Family Tree (Josh Pyke, illus by Ronojoy Ghosh, Scholastic) x

Family Tree shares the beauty of life through the growth of a tree, one that unites families and communities around the world, spreading joy, love... 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

Ahmed joins Ultimo Press x

Alisa Ahmed has been appointed senior editor at Ultimo Press, starting in December.

Join the livestream announcement for the winner of the 2021 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers

Hachette Australia and the Emerging Writers’ Festival invite you to join the Facebook livestream on Thursday, 4 November to announce the winner of the 2021 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.

The winning writer will receive $10,000 in prize money, to be donated by Hachette Australia, along with a 12-month mentorship with one of Hachette Australia’s publishers.

Hachette Australia will work with the winning writer to develop their manuscript with first option to consider the finished work and shortlisted entries for publication.

The livestream will air from 10am AEDT on Thursday, 4 November on the Hachette Australia Facebook page.


Red Reflection

How quickly we changed the world. This thought-provoking environmental fiction will stay with you long after you have put it down. Shocking, imaginative and achingly perceptive.... Read more



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