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27 January 2022

Last chance to complete our Christmas survey

Books+Publishing is currently conducting its annual Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. This is the last week to complete the survey. We are accepting submissions until... Read more
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Tilsley, authors among Order of Australia recipients

Long-time owner of Fullers Bookshop in Tasmania Clive Tilsley, writers Alice Pung and Lynne Kelly, and cookbook author Maggie Beer are among those to be... Read more

Publishers offer alternative working arrangements around January 26 x

Several Australian publishing houses have implemented alternative working arrangements around the January 26 public holiday, including Affirm Press and Hardie Grant. Affirm Press posted a... Read more
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Ockham NZ Book Awards 2022 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2022 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards have been announced. The longlisted titles in each category are: Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for... Read more


HGCP acquires ‘Little J & Big Cuz’ title ‘The Big Race’ x

Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing (HGCP) has acquired Little J & Big Cuz: The Big Race, the first book in the publishing program based on the... Read more
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US publishing sales up 12%: AAP

US publishers have recorded a 12.2% increase in sales for 2021, according to the latest data from the Association of American Publisher’s StatShot program, reports... Read more

BRTD enterprise agreement, ABA ICYMI campaign, Newbery, Caldecott winners

In news this week, following industrial action in November last year, workers and management at Sydney bookshop Better Read Than Dead have signed an enterprise agreement, which has been submitted for approval by the Fair Work Commission, while the Australian Booksellers Association has released details of its February campaign, Your Booksellers’ ICYMI 50—Must-read new Australian books you might have missed.

The Publishers Association of New Zealand Te Rau o Tākupu (PANZ) has announced the rescheduled PANZ International Conference is due to be held in Auckland on Friday, 4 March; the Australian Publishers Association has announced that the second annual BookUp conference is scheduled for Thursday, 9 June at ICC Sydney; and the line-up of the 2022 Perth Festival Literature & Ideas line-up has been announced.

In awards news, Anthony Lawrence has won the 2022 Peter Porter Poetry Prize for his poem ‘In the Shadows of Our Heads’, while Booktopia has announced the 10 titles shortlisted in its Favourite Australian Book (FAB) Award, and the creation of two new awards recognising Australian books.

In international news, the winners of the Newbery and Caldecott medals have been announced in the US, while in the UK, Nielsen BookScan has recorded 2021 as the biggest ever year for print book sales by value.

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Dominique Wilson on ‘Orphan Rock’

Dominique Wilson’s third novel Orphan Rock (Transit Lounge, March) spans generations and continents, following the life of a young woman living in Sydney in the late... Read more


Dominique Wilson recommends

I’ve only just finished reading Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens (Vintage), which is a mix of historical fiction and fantasy, combining a retelling of the fairytale... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction  HarperCollins Australia has sold Portuguese translation rights to Sorrow and Bliss (Meg Mason, 4th Estate) to HarperCollins Iberica S A, and Greek translation... Read more


Yanagihara’s ‘To Paradise’ debuts at number eight x

Top 10 bestsellers             The Fast 800 Keto (Michael Mosley, Hachette) It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover, S&S) Apples Never Fall (Liane Moriarty, Macmillan) Atomic Habits... Read more


Australiana (Yumna Kassab, Ultimo) x

The heart of Australiana is an examination of settler Australia, disrupting the conception of town and rural settings so common in the nation’s literary imagination.... Read more


Orphan Rock (Dominique Wilson, Transit Lounge) x

Five-year-old Bessie is removed from an extended stay at the Protestant Orphan School and returned home to her unstable mother: a woman she doesn’t remember... Read more


Uncanny Angles (Sean Williams, Wakefield Press) x

Since the late 90s Sean Williams has been a prolific contributor to Australian speculative fiction; he’s written award-winning science fiction, post-collapse and young adult books.... Read more


Unlimited Futures (ed by Rafeif Ismail & Ellen van Neerven, Fremantle Press) x

Unlimited Futures is a YA anthology of sci-fi and speculative fiction edited by Rafeif Ismail and Ellen van Neerven. What makes it so different from... 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



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