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19 January 2022


Forging Silver into Stars

Discover the world of Brigid Kemmerer’s New York Times bestselling Cursebreaker trilogy through new eyes in this irresistible, standalone companion series. ‘A world that you... Read more
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Books+Publishing is currently conducting its annual Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey online. We are accepting submissions... Read more

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Next week’s Weekly Book Newsletter will be published Thursday, 27 January, due to the public holiday on Wednesday, 26 January.
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Indie Book Awards 2022 shortlists announced

Leading Edge Books has announced the shortlists for the 2022 Indie Book Awards. Chosen from longlists announced in December 2021, the shortlisted titles in each... Read more

2022 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2022 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature have been announced. Presented by the South Australian government, the biennial awards offer a total... Read more
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Australian authors top 2021 bestsellers x

Nielsen Bookscan has reported book sales in 2021 fell 1% in volume compared to 2020, to 65.4 million units sold, but were up in value... Read more


UK government delays decision on copyright changes 

The UK government has decided not to make changes to copyright exhaustion laws following a consultation period, reports the Bookseller. The Intellectual Property Office (IPO),... Read more

New appointments at HarperCollins and Bloomsbury, Hazel Rowley shortlist

HarperCollins has announced the appointment of Michelle Weisz as publishing director of HarperCollins Australia’s children’s books division. Weisz replaces Cristina Cappelluto, who has joined Bloomsbury Australia as managing director. The Australian Library and Information Association’s Sue McKerracher will be stepping down from her role as CEO to take up the position of Libraries Tasmania executive director.

The shortlist for the 2022 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship has been announced by Writers Victoria, and Magabala Books has announced the six recipients of its 2021 Creative Development Scholarships.

The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne Writers Festival and Writers Victoria are among the arts and cultural organisations sharing in Creative Victoria’s multi-year funding. Meanwhile, the latest Australian Society of Authors survey has found author earnings are continuing to decline.

In the US, children’s book author Dav Pilkey’s Mothering Heights (Scholastic) was the bestselling print book of 2021, while a new Gallup poll shows Americans are reading fewer books. In the UK, Joelle Taylor has won the 2021 T S Eliot Prize for her collection C+nto & Othered Poems (The Westbourne Press).

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Australian bookshop tour: Readings Emporium x

Readings is an independent bookselling chain with eight stores operating across Melbourne. Established in 1969, Readings has become a cornerstone of the local literary scene,... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction  Brandl & Schlesinger has sold North American rights to Mother Tongue (Joyce Kornblatt, September) to Publerati, and Polish rights to The Baker’s Alchemy... Read more


‘The 10:10 Diet’ debuts at number two x

Top 10 bestsellers              The Fast 800 Keto (Michael Mosley, Hachette) The 10:10 Diet (Sarah Di Lorenzo, S&S) It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover, S&S)... Read more


Hovering (Rhett Davis, Hachette) x

Alice returns to the fictional Australian city of Fraser after 16 years away. The city itself has changed—and continues to change—beyond recognition. Streets, houses and... Read more


Remember Me (Charity Norman, A&U) x

Remember Me begins with a call in the middle of the night, when illustrator Emily is awakened in her London flat. Her father’s health is... Read more


Growing Up in Flames (Zach Jones, Text) x

Zach Jones’s debut novel Growing Up in Flames is as gritty as bushfire ash. Written for a doctorate in creative writing at the University of... Read more


The Love That Grew (Sarah Ayoub, illus by Mimi Purnell, HarperCollins) x

In the vein of Sam McBratney’s You’re All My Favourites comes a picture book that captures the idea that a mother’s love is unlimited when... Read more

Vale Keri Hulme

Aotearoa New Zealand writer Keri Hulme, author of The Bone People, the first New Zealand novel to win the Booker Prize, died in December 2021... 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

Changes at Text x

Stef Italia has left Text Publishing. Jamila Khodja is now sales manager and Madeleine Rebbechi has been promoted to publicity manager. (See classified.)

Staff moves at Text

Text Publishing farewelled Stef Italia at the end of 2021, after five wonderful years. Stef will be much missed, and we wish her every success in her new career path.

We’re delighted to announce that Jamila Khodja is Text’s new sales manager [Jamila.Khodja@textpublishing.com.au], and Madeleine Rebbechi has been promoted to publicity manager [Madeleine.Rebbechi@textpublishing.com.au].

Stef, Jamila and Madeleine have the company’s enormous gratitude for their steadfast contributions so far, and warmest wishes for their next steps.




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