Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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10 November 2021


Hachette opens Melbourne, Brisbane ‘working hubs’ x

Hachette Australia has established ‘working hubs’ for its employees based in Melbourne and Brisbane. At the Melbourne hub on Little Collins Street members of Hachette’s... Read more
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Hardie Grant appoints Harry, Epa x

Hardie Grant Books has appointed Michael Harry as publisher and Rushani Epa to the newly created role of commissioning editor, both publishing into the categories... Read more

Australia’s online presence popular at Frankfurt x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has reported that its Books From Australia website and virtual stand recorded a 200% increase on page views during the week... Read more
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HQ acquires Hearst novel in two-book deal x

HQ has acquired world rights to a forthcoming novel by Elise Hearst, as part of a ‘hotly contested’ two-book deal brokered by Sarah McKenzie Literary... Read more

Jordan wins Richell Prize, ‘The Promise’ wins 2021 Booker Prize x

This week the Australian Society of Authors alerted authors and publishers that the decision by the National Library of New Zealand to donate more than 400,000 books to the Internet Archive may affect their Australian books still in copyright, and that the onus will be on authors to file opt-out requests.

In awards news, Simone Amelia Jordan won the 2021 Richell Prize for her unpublished memoir, while Andrew Pippos won the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction for his debut novel Lucky’s (Picador). The shortlists for this year’s Woollahra Digital Literary Awards were announced, as were the winners of Creative New Zealand’s Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement and the Australasian Journal on Ageing (AJA) Book Award.

Varuna, the National Writers’ House launched the Pitch Me! program to connect Australian writers with the publishing industry, and Queensland Writers Centre revealed the full program for its 2022 GenreCon conference. Also announced this week was Kobo and Booktopia’s ebook subscription service Kobo Plus, while the Australian Publishers Association confirmed its Residential Editorial Program will run again in 2022, with two new scholarships for First Nations editors.

Overseas, South African writer Damon Galgut won the 2021 Booker Prize for his novel The Promise (Chatto & Windus), while the Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair, which was meant to run in November, has been postponed until March 2022.

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Reality bites: 2022 nonfiction preview x

New books by Hannah Gadsby, Tom Tilley, Osman Faruqi and Kim Mahood are among next year’s most anticipated nonfiction releases. Here’s a look at Australian publisher’s... Read more


Career path: Johannes Jakob

Johannes Jakob began his publishing career as an editor at Express Media’s Voiceworks magazine. He is now an editor at Penguin Random House Australia, and... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction  Black Inc. has sold North American English-language rights to The Shortest History of the World (David Baker) to The Experiment; Arabic, Israeli and... Read more


Child, Kinney debut at two and three x

The latest Jack Reacher thriller (Better Off Dead, Lee & Andrew Child) and Wimpy Kid picture book (#16, Big Shot) have debuted at second and... Read more


Cold Enough for Snow (Jessica Au, Giramondo) x

Cold Enough for Snow is Jessica Au’s second novel and the winner of Giramondo Publishing, Fitzcarraldo Editions and New Directions’ inaugural Novel Prize. The book’s... Read more


Found, Wanting (Natasha Sholl, Ultimo Press) x

Beginning with a sudden death, Natasha Sholl’s memoir sets us up to expect a traditional grief narrative, ending with the author having processed the loss,... Read more


Ouch! Tales of Gravity (Kate Simpson, illus by Andy Hardiman, A&U) x

How do you explain something as complicated as gravity to a young audience (five-year-olds and above)? Well, humour certainly helps. The narrator in Ouch! Tales... Read more


This is Me! (Sally Morgan, Magabala) x

Written and illustrated by well-loved author Sally Morgan, This is Me is a simple and colourful board book for very young children. Morgan’s illustration style... 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

Retirement: Tim Armstrong

After 12 years as a valued member of the Hardie Grant sales team, Tim Armstrong will be retiring on December 9. Tim has been a passionate reader and advocate of our books, and a much loved member of our team and of the broader HG community. We congratulate Tim on his long career with Hardie Grant and his contribution to the publishing industry, and we wish him the best in his well-earned retirement.

‘I first worked with Tim around 1990 at Reed Books and have been able to enjoy a long and mutually rewarding time working together. He’ll be missed by all of us at HG.’ – Sandy Grant

We are currently advertising for a key account manager in Sydney.


Cage of War

Australian James ‘Ned’ Kelly is captured in Vietnam and held in a bamboo cage. Rescued by a rogue CIA team, a chain of murderous events... Read more



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