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4 November 2021

Onus on Australian rights holders to opt out of Internet Archive donation

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) is alerting Australian authors and publishers that the decision by the National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ) to donate... Read more
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Jordan wins 2021 Richell Prize

Simone Amelia Jordan has won the 2021 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers for her memoir manuscript ‘Tell Her She’s Dreamin’’. An Australian journalist, writer, host... Read more


NZ Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement 2021 announced

Creative New Zealand has announced the winners of the 2021 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement, worth NZ$60,000 (A$57,634) each. Award-winning poet, fiction writer, screenplay... Read more
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APA residential editorial program to run in 2022, offer First Nations scholarships x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced its Residential Editorial Program (REP) will run again in 2022 ‘after two years of COVID delays’. For the... Read more


Galgut wins Booker Prize for ‘The Promise’

South African author Damon Galgut has won the £50,000 (A$91,830) Booker Prize for his ninth novel The Promise (Chatto & Windus), reports the Bookseller. Galgut’s novel, set... Read more
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Parliamentary inquiry into the arts, US DoJ seeks to block PRH, S&S deal

A parliamentary inquiry has made a slate of recommendations to support Australia’s cultural and creative industries, including a review of PLR/ELR schemes, minimum thresholds of local content and increased funding to the ABS.

The New England Writers Centre is crowdfunding a guide to publishing children’s books. In awards, the winners of the inaugural Speculate Prize, Speech Pathology Book of the Year, Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest and Victorian Community History Awards winners have been announced, as has the shortlist for the Deborah Cass prize and IBBY Australia’s 2022 Honour List.

Overseas, the US Department of Justice is suing to block PRH parent company Bertelsmann’s proposed acquisition of Simon & Sschuster (S&S). Both Bertelsmann and S&S have committed to fighting the lawsuit. In the UK, the winners of the Polari Prizes and the British Academy Book Prize have been announced.

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Stories we tell: 2022 fiction preview x

New novels from literary heavyweights Alexis Wright, Geraldine Brooks and Dervla McTiernan are among the Australian books releasing next year. Books+Publishing shares a sneak peek... Read more


Melbourne City of Lit meets Bucheon's Yong Books

In this series, run in partnership with the Melbourne City of Literature Office, we get to know some of the bookstores in the UNESCO Cities... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Audio Big Sky Publishing has sold audio rights to Dasher: The Kevin Wheatley VC story (Michael C Madden) to Wavesound. Acquisitions Nonfiction Hachette Australia... Read more


New Treehouse debuts in top spot x

For the second week in a row, a new title has debuted as the overall bestseller—this time, it’s Andy Griffith and Terry Denton’s latest instalment... Read more


The Competition (Katherine Collette, Text) x

When 21-year-old Frances’s parents give her the ultimatum to find some direction in her life or find herself a new place to live, she decides... Read more


Delia Akeley and the Monkey (Iain McCalman, Upswell Publishing) x

On an African hunting expedition in 1909, an American woman named Delia Akeley captured a baby vervet monkey to settle an argument. It was a... Read more


The Riddle of Tanglewood Manor (Tracey Hawkins, Storytorch) x

The Riddle of Tanglewood Manor is a new younger readers novel from real-life detective-turned-children’s author Tracey Hawkins. When Sam and Harry’s parents tell them they’re... Read more


Tiny Wonders (Sally Soweol Han, UQP) x

This story has been told plenty of times but it’s one that is always worth listening to: the idea that our world has become so... Read more


Vale Ashley Mallett

Ashley Mallett, ex-Australian cricketer and author of 35 books, has died in Adelaide at age 76. Born in Sydney in 1945, Mallett moved as a... Read more


Vale Chrissy Sharp

Former Sydney Writers Festival CEO and former Wheeler Centre director Chrissy Sharp has died. Sydney Writers’ Festival writes: ‘Sydney Writers’ Festival is deeply saddened to... Read more


Vale Robert 'Bob' Stafford

Robert ‘Bob’ Stafford has passed away at age 91, after a 70-year career across sales, marketing and publishing. Mark Stafford, Bob’s son, writes: ‘Bob’s first... 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

Gottlieb joins Pantera Press x

Taliesyn Gottlieb, previously at Penguin Random House, has joined Pantera Press as head of publicity and communications, in a 14-month contract role. Publicity director Léa... Read more

Applications open for 2022 Residential Editorial Program

Applications are now open for the 2022 Residential Editorial Program, which will be held from 21-24 February in Manly, Sydney. The program includes two scholarships for First Nations editors. The deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 6 December. For more information about the program and to apply, visit the APA website.




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