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2 February 2022


VUP changes name to Te Herenga Waka University Press

Victoria University Press has changed its name to Te Herenga Waka University Press as of 1 January 2022. The university-affiliated publisher changed its name to... Read more
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Affirm acquires new Rogers, Badger junior fiction series x

Affirm Press has acquired world rights to Itty Bitty Kitty, a four-book junior fiction series by Hilary Rogers and Meredith Badger writing under the pen... Read more

Blackwell’s up for sale for first time

In the UK, independent bookshop chain Blackwell’s is up for sale, reports the Bookseller. Blackwell’s comprises 18 shops including flagship stores in Oxford and Cambridge.... Read more
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AWW 2022 program, new SA fellowship, WAYRBA, NBCC shortlists

In this week’s news, Adelaide Writers’ Week has announced the full program for this year’s festival, with Bruce Pascoe, Grace Tame, Liane Moriarty and Richard Flanagan among the 165 guests appearing across the six-day festival period, while prominent art and design fair Semi Permanent will feature an art and design book fair for the first time as part of this year’s festival program.

Australian bookselling chain QBD Books has launched a dedicated manga online shop, Matilda Bookshop has partnered with Writers SA and Ultimo Press for the Deep Creek Residency Fellowship, a new annual residency fellowship for a South Australian writer, and the shortlists for the 2022 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards (WAYRBA) have been announced.

Overseas, independent publishers in the UK are rallying for support as printing prices increase by up to 40% and members of the Independent Alliance publishers group reported record annual sales growth in 2021. Meanwhile in the US, the shortlists for the 2022 National Book Critics Circle were announced.

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Australian bookshop tour: Dymocks Sydney x

Established over 140 years ago, Dymocks is one of Australia’s largest bookselling chains. With 50 stores across the country, and plans for 25 more, Dymocks... Read more
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March books reviewed x

A round-up of local books to look out for in March, as recommended by Books+Publishing reviewers in the past month. Fiction Next month, fans of... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Children’s/YA Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing has sold North American, French Canadian and Spanish rights to School of Monsters Learn and Play (Sally Rippin, illus... Read more


Latest Bluey debuts at #11 x

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


Assisted (Stefanie Green, A&U) x

There’s something special about reading the story of a person who has found their true vocation—their passion jumps through the page and grabs you. Dr... Read more


Auē (Becky Manawatu, Scribe) x

Auē is a heartbreaking yet gripping drama about a family living amid intergenerational domestic violence and gang warfare on New Zealand’s South Island. At its... Read more


Dinner with the Schnabels (Toni Jordan, Hachette) x

In this timely new novel, Toni Jordan lends her signature wit to the story of a dysfunctional yet loving family group. Simon Larsen has lost... Read more


Prometheus High: How to make a monster (Stuart Wilson, Puffin) x

Stuart Wilson’s debut middle-grade novel, the first in a series, will appeal to 8–12-year-olds looking for an adventure tale with a macabre edge. Athena Strange,... Read more


Stardiving (Andrew Plant, Ford St) x

Stardiving is the tale of a young sperm whale challenged to open his eyes on an exciting deep-diving adventure. This heartfelt picture book by the... Read more


how to make a basket (Jazz Money, UQP)

‘don’t forget this place / where life begins / tell it to the bubs to pass onto theirs / when strangers come / when other... 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

Black Inc. appoints new staff x

Black Inc. is delighted to have appointed a number of new staff, including Denise O’Dea as Senior Editor (formerly Editorial Officer at Sydney University Press); Emma Fajgenbaum as Editor (formerly Associate Editor at Jacobin and Assistant Editor at New Left Review); Nina Kenwood as Trade Marketing Manager (formerly Marketing Manager at Readings); Jaymee Steen as Digital & Social Media Coordinator (formerly Senior Bookseller and Social Media Manager at The Avenue) and Lilith Fraser as Publicity Assistant.




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