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17 November 2021

Pause on east coast consignments as trade works to mitigate XL supply issues x

Book distributors Alliance Distribution Services (ADS) and Harper Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS) have informed booksellers of a pause on stock going into XL Express’s Brisbane,... Read more
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Better Read union members recommence work bans x

Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU) members at bookshop Better Read Than Dead (BRTD), in the inner-Sydney suburb of Newtown, have recommenced industrial action,... Read more

Brumby Sunstate acquires JB Books x

Book wholesaler Brumby Sunstate has announced the acquisition of South Australian wholesale distributor and publisher JB Books. Brumby Sunstate said the JB Books warehouse would... Read more
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Supply chain chaos, Melbourne Prize for Literature winners

Booksellers on Australia’s east coast are reporting serious delivery delays, missing deliveries and damaged stock, with reports that the problems are particularly acute in Queensland.

The ABA will hold its 2022 conference in Sydney from 12–13 June, while the program for the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival—to be held in-person from 2–5 December—has been announced.

The winner of this year’s Melbourne Prize for Literature, ASA Medal, Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award—the country’s richest poetry prize—and the inaugural Speculate Prize and Liminal & Pantera Press Nonfiction Prize have all been announced. This week Varuna announced the recipients and finalists for two fellowship programs, while the shortlist for the Voss Literary Prize was revealed and a handful of Australians were nominated for the UK’s Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals.

Findaway, a day before fellow Swedish company Storytel revealed it’s buying Audiobooks.com from RBmedia. UK-based retailer WHSmith is eyeing a return to profitability despite posting its second-consecutive year of losses, and the winners of the Goldsmiths and Giller prizes have been announced.

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Getting in early: 2022 children’s and YA preview x

New novels by Lynette Noni, Zana Fraillon and Holden Sheppard are among the exciting new children’s and YA books releasing next year, alongside forays into... Read more
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Melbourne City of Lit meets Dunedin’s University Book Shop

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


Kate Gordon on ‘Xavier in the Meantime’

Kate Gordon’s latest book is a companion novel to her CBCA award–winning Aster’s Good, Right Things. Xavier in the Meantime (Riveted Press, February) is a... Read more


Kate Gordon recommends x

I have been an enormous fan of Steven Herrick since childhood, so when a new book of his is released it’s an event in my house.... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction Simon & Schuster Australia has sold German rights to The Nazis Knew My Name (Magda Hellinger & Maya Lee) to Bastei Lübbe. Children’s/YA... Read more


Barnes, Bluey books into top ten x

There’s not a lot of change at the pointy end of this week’s bestseller charts—it’s still the latest books by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton,... Read more


Leo and Mina Fink: For the greater good (Margaret Taft, Monash Publishing) x

In this biography of the working lives of an impressive 20th-century power couple, the competing forces of hope and catastrophe are clearly at work. Historian... Read more


The Very Last List of Vivian Walker (Megan Albany, Hachette) x

This quiet but compelling novel follows the very ordinary path of an ordinary woman completing the ordinary business of dying. However, it is in this... Read more


A Witness of Fact (Drew Rooke, Scribe) x

A Witness of Fact examines the controversial public life of South Australia’s former chief forensic pathologist Dr Colin Manock, and his problematic role in the state’s... Read more


In an Artist's Garden (Claire Orrell, Thames & Hudson) x

Like all good seek-and-find books, In an Artist’s Garden is a bit addictive regardless of the reader’s age, though is perhaps best suited to a middle/upper primary... Read more


Xavier in the Meantime (Kate Gordon, Riveted Press) x

Xavier in the Meantime is the new companion novel to Kate Gordon’s CBCA award-winning Aster’s Good, Right Things. Focusing this time on Xavier, Aster’s best friend, the... 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

New ASA board directors x

Sarah Ayoub, Bronwyn Bancroft and Malcolm Knox have joined the board of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA). Alongside the new additions to the board,... Read more


Reprint of The Game by Sean Kelly

The Game: A Portrait of Scott Morrison by Sean Kelly has garnered praise from some of Australia’s most esteemed political commentators including Laurie Oakes, Leigh Sales, Barrie Cassidy, Niki Savva and many more. Stock has been flying off shelves since release and reprint stock will be available on Monday, 29 November.

To order contact United Book Distributors on 1800 338 836 or orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au or contact your Penguin Random House sales representative.

The Game: A Portrait of Scott Morrison
Autor: Sean Kelly
ISBN: 9781760643119
RRP $32.99



Brumby Sunstate purchases JB Books

Brumby Sunstate is excited to announce the purchase of JB Books.

JB Books holds a great reputation within the book industry specialising in Indigenous and Australian titles.

We look forward to being able to offer their extensive range of Indigenous titles to a broader market and at the same time continue to work closely with all of JB Books customers.

We are working closely with JB Books to ensure the smoothest of transitions. The warehouse will be relocating to integrate with the existing Brumby Sunstate warehouse in Richlands, QLD and we have stock management plan in place to ensure minimal disruption of supply during the handover period.

From the 15th November Brumby Sunstate will take over all distribution from their warehouse in Brisbane. All back orders will be transferred. All orders from this date will be invoiced and fulfilled by Brumby Sunstate.

The contact details for Brumby Sunstate are:

Brumby Sunstate
56 Fulcrum St, Richlands, QLD 4077

Customer Service Contact: Kristen Jefferies
Email: orders@brumbysunstate.com.au
Phone: +61 7 3217 0238



Stock the shortlist: Small Press Network’s Book of the Year Award 2021 finalists

The Small Press Network’s Book of the Year Award (formerly the Most Underrated Book of the Year Award) aims to recognise and award some of the most significant and ground-breaking books being produced by Australian small publishers and authors today.

Stock up now on the six shortlisted titles for 2021 ahead of the announcement of the winner on Friday, 26 November.

  • Almost a Mirror by Kirsten Krauth (Transit Lounge, dist. by NewSouth, ISBN: 9781925760507)
    Almost a Mirror unfolds like a long night out […] the novel invites reflection on the sensory possibilities of prose fiction, as well as conjuring the aesthetics of the late 20th century.’
  • Collisions: A Liminal Anthology, edited by Leah Jing McIntosh, Cher Tan, Adalya Nash Hussein, and Hassan Abul (Liminal/Pantera, dist. by Bloomsbury/UBD, ISBN: 9780648795186)
    Collisions is an extraordinarily creative anthology of short fiction clustering the stories around the themes of Bodies, Momentum and Contact.’
  • Echoes by Shu-Ling Chua (copies are available from the author at https://hellopollyanna.bigcartel.com/)
    Echoes [a collection of essays] is a true expression of what it means to (re)connect with one’s culture, blending memoir, cultural commentary and translation with brief vignettes that leave a lasting impact.’
  • Taking Down Evelyn Tait by Poppy Nwosu (Wakefield Press, ISBN: 9781743056974)
    ‘A fun, lively and fast-paced coming of age novel that explores the different dynamics and fallout from a newly joint family, Taking Down Evelyn Tait is YA fiction at its finest.’
  • The Tiniest House of Time by Sreedhevi Iyer (Wild Dingo, dist. by NewSouth, ISBN: 9781925893069)
    ‘A unique book in the world of Australian small press publishing, The Tiniest House of Time takes readers beyond domestic borders and Western history.’
  • We Are Speaking in Code by Tanya Vavilova (Brio Books, dist. by Booktopia Publisher Services, ISBN: 9781922267153)
    ‘Exploring themes of family, identity, sexuality and belonging, We Are Speaking in Code is a warm, engaging and thought-provoking collection of essays reflecting the immigrant experience.’

For more details, see the Small Press Network website.


Allen & Unwin proudly announce E. Lockhart’s Family of Liars publishing 4 May 2022

Allen & Unwin proudly announce E. Lockhart’s Family of Liars, publishing 4 May 2022: the long-awaited prequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon, We Were Liars.

Called ‘thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart’ by #1 New York Times bestselling author John Green, We Were Liars has sold nearly 2 million copies around the world and has been a mainstay on the bestseller lists since 2014. It is also among the most popular books on TikTok, with over 67 million views on #wewereliars.

The story takes place on the Sinclair family’s private island, following the Liars’ mothers twenty-seven years before the events of We Were Liars.


The Good Mother

Sarah Calhoun is a regular Sydney soccer mum, but she’s keeping terrifying secrets from everyone she loves . . . and her past is about... Read more

The Kitchen Think

Anthony Telford is a Sydney based chef, television presenter and author. In his latest book, The Kitchen Think, Anthony answers all your culinary conundrums and... Read more



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