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24 November 2021


APA, UniMelb funding ‘baseline’ survey on diversity and inclusion in publishing workforce

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) and the University of Melbourne are jointly funding a research survey to provide data on diversity and inclusion in the... Read more
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Hardie Grant acquires Age Against the Machine book x

Hardie Grant Books has acquired world print, ebook and audio rights to journalists Melissa Doyle and Naima Brown’s book How to Age Against the Machine,... Read more

Costa Book Awards shortlists announced

In the UK, the shortlists for the 2021 Costa Book Awards have been announced. Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award are: Unsettled Ground (Claire Fuller,... Read more
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NZ book sales up, National Book Award winners

Since Auckland and Waikato emerged from lockdown, New Zealand print book sales are up 4% on value on the same time in 2020, while year-to-date sales are up 17%.

The Wheeler Centre is hosting a free series on representation in the publishing industry, and the program for the digital 2021 Terror Australis festival has been announced. In personnel moves, Kate Cuthbert has joined Pantera Press as editorial director.

In awards news, PANZ Book Design Award and Deborah Cass Prize winners were announced, and Pierre-Jacques Ober won a French photography prize for Jacqueline: A soldier’s daughter (Ford St).

Overseas, the winners of the National Book Awards and the Baillie Gifford prize were announced, while in the US, lawyers representing publishers are claiming that the Internet Archive is withholding documents from discovery as part of a copyright lawsuit over the scanning and lending of print library books.

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‘The lost dog poster’: designers on book covers in 2021

As we move towards an increasingly visual world, book covers play a vital role in enticing readers and showcasing what a book is about, and... Read more
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Melbourne City of Lit meets Barcelona’s Laie

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 Fiction HarperCollins has sold Portuguese translation rights to Sorrow and Bliss (Meg Mason, Fourth Estate) to Univers Dos Livros. Nonfiction HarperCollins has sold Thai... Read more


Childs climb to first x

After two weeks as runner up, Lee and Andrew Child’s latest Jack Reacher novel, Better off Dead, has prised top spot from Andy Griffiths and... Read more


The Cane (Maryrose Cuskelly, A&U) x

Award-winning nonfiction writer Maryrose Cuskelly’s first leap into fiction is set in a small Australian town where an unsolved crime turns the community upside down.... Read more


The Furies (Mandy Beaumont, Hachette) x

A woman in a small Australian town is haunted. Death is all around her: she is still grieving her murdered sister, Mallory, while the spectre... Read more


The Grass Hotel (Craig Sherborne, Text) x

A woman suffering from dementia speaks to her son in her own idiosyncratic, damaged voice—her ‘wiring’ is gone. The mother-narrator’s son is introverted and perhaps... Read more


South Flows the Pearl (Mavis Gock Yen, ed by Siaoman Yen & Richard Horsburgh, Sydney University Press) x

Over the 80s and 90s, Mavis Gock Yen (1916–2008) collected the stories of her contemporaries—Australian Chinese people whose memories and experiences spanned the late 1800s... Read more


Big World, Tiny World: Forest (Jess Racklyeft, Affirm Press) x

Jess Racklyeft will already be a familiar name to readers of picture books, and Big World, Tiny World: Forest is just as lovely as her earlier works.... Read more


Vale Stuart Macintyre

Australian historian Stuart Macintyre has died, aged 74. Macintyre edited Cambridge University Press’s The Cambridge History of Australia and was the author of books including... Read more

Vale Wendy Giese

Former Hardie Grant sales rep Wendy Giese has died. The team at Hardie Grant write: ‘At Hardie Grant we had the pleasure of knowing and... Read more

Vale Brian Wilder

Leading Australian publisher Brian Wilder has died in Sydney, aged 82. Wilder’s career in the Australian publishing industry spanned almost 40 years. He was 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


Receive support for your poetry and prose

Apply now for the Marten Bequest Scholarship for young and emerging artists supported by Australia Council for the Arts and Perpetual as trustee.

The Marten Bequest Scholarships provide financial support to help talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either interstate and/or overseas.

Applications close 1 February 2022.



Last chance: book today for the 10th annual SPN Independent Publishing Conference

The Small Press Network’s Independent Publishing Conference is turning 10 this year, and we’re celebrating double digits with discounts and a stellar lineup.

IPC 2021 will be held online over three days (Thurs 25–Sat 27 November) and will feature a Research Day, an Industry Day, and a Workshop Day.

We’re proud to present keynote speakers Dr Laura Jean McKay, author of The Animals in That Country (Scribe) and recent winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award; Dr Anita Heiss, author and Indigenous leader; and Terri-ann White, lifelong book industry figure and founder of Upswell.

Our sessions will include panel discussions and workshops on a wide range of topics including First Nations perspectives, working with booksellers, rights and export, audiobooks, and the rise of speculative fiction.

If you’re an SPN member; a student; unwaged; an IngramSpark customer; or a member of IPEd, the ASA, or most state writers centres you’re eligible for a discount.

See the full program here.

Get your ticket here.


UQP reprints in-demand ‘Another Day in the Colony’ twice in first 10 days of publication

Within 10 days of publication on 2 November, UQP hit the reprint button twice on Prof. Chelsea Watego’s Another Day in the Colony (9780702263163). There will soon be 10,000 copies of this groundbreaking book in the trade.

Another Day in the Colony examines the ongoing and daily racism faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and has been embraced by both the First Nations audience that Professor Watego wrote the book for, along with non-Indigenous readers.

To order, email orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au or contact your PRH representative.


UQP brings forward publication of award-winning memoir ‘Punch Me Up to the Gods’

UQP is rushing out Brian Broome’s extraordinary memoir Punch Me Up to the Gods (Nov 30, 9780702265686) after it won the Kirkus Prize for Non-Fiction last month.

A coming-of-age story about Blackness, masculinity and addiction, Punch Me Up brims with swagger and sensitivity, bringing an exquisite and fresh voice to ongoing cultural conversations about racism and homophobia. It was selected today as one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2021.

To order, email orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au. For a staff reading copy, email kirsty.wilson@uqp.com.au.




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