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9 February 2022

 

The Big Switch

In The Big Switch, Saul Griffith shows how Australia can save money and lead the world in fighting climate change: we need to electrify everything.... Read more
 
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PRH acquires Brammer debut ‘The Collected Regrets of Clover’ x

Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has acquired ANZ rights to The Collected Regrets of Clover by Tasmanian debut author Mikki Brammer in a ‘highly competitive’... Read more
 

 

Ultimo acquires Western Sydney–set Sarkis debut x

Ultimo Press has acquired world rights to Something Blue, a debut work of contemporary fiction by Alex Sarkis, who was discovered by Ultimo publisher Alex... Read more
 
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VPLA winners, Webb-Pullman appointed publisher, Blak & Bright full program x

The winners of the 2022 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced, including Veronica Gorrie who took out the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature for Black and Blue: A memoir of racism and resilience (Scribe). The winner of the 2021 Booktopia Favourite Australian Book (FAB) Award was also announced, along with the 2022 Ena Noël Award shortlist. Meanwhile, several Australian and New Zealand authors have been longlisted for the 2022 International Dublin Literary Award.

The Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival has announced its 2022 program, which will run from 17–20 March and includes 27 events featuring over 67 guests; in celebration of its 15th year Mascara Literary Review will publish its first print anthology with Ultimo Press; and Scribe associate publisher Marika Webb-Pullman has been promoted to publisher.

In the UK, Hannah Lowe has won the Costa Book of the Year for her poetry collection The Kids (Bloodaxe Books), and Waterstones is reportedly in exclusive talks to purchase independent book chain Blackwell’s. Meanwhile in the US, Ingram Content Group has warned that shipping and printing costs will continue to increase in 2022.

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Publishers report ‘good’ Christmas that could have been better x

Given the supply issues in the lead-up to Christmas 2021, concern about the looming Omicron variant in December and the fact that the previous Christmas... Read more
 
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Matthew Ricketson & Patrick Mullins on ‘Who Needs the ABC?’

In Who Needs the ABC? (Scribe, April) authors Matthew Ricketson and Patrick Mullins provide a comprehensive guide to the national broadcaster, which celebrates its 90th... Read more
 

 

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Spinifex Press has sold Indian English-language rights to My Sister Chaos (Lara Fergus) to Zero Degree, and Tamil translation rights to Locust Girl... Read more
 

 

Hoover’s ‘Verity’ reaches number three x

Top 10 bestsellers                         The Fast 800 Keto (Michael Mosley, Hachette) It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover, S&S) Verity (Colleen Hoover, Sphere) Atomic Habits (James... Read more
 

 

The Burnished Sun (Mirandi Riwoe, UQP) x

Mirandi Riwoe’s The Burnished Sun comprises a series of short stories sandwiched between two novellas, opening with ‘Annah the Javanese’ and closing with Riwoe’s award-winning... Read more
 

 

The Good Mother (Rae Cairns, HarperCollins) x

Some books come with their own stories, and The Good Mother certainly does: Rae Cairns self-published this book first and gained enough notoriety with reviews... Read more
 

 

Who Needs the ABC? (Matthew Ricketson & Patrick Mullins, Scribe) x

Governments of all persuasions have had a prickly relationship with the ABC. Some more than others. Labor governments have gritted their teeth and put up... Read more
 

 

The Ghost Locket (Allison Rushby, Walker Books) x

Allison Rushby’s latest middle-grade offering is a creative, entertaining blend of genres, the supernatural spilling into a historical mystery in a modern-day setting. Twelve-year-old Lolli... Read more
 

 

Crumbs (Phil Cummings, illus by Shane DeVries, Scholastic) x

This quiet little tale has the feel of a Pixar short film crossed with a simple folk parable from a bygone era. Young Ella, who... Read more
 

 

Death Leaves the Station (Alexander Thorpe, Fremantle Press)

In 1927 at Halfwell Station in regional WA, the station owner’s daughter, Ana, discovers a body in the nearby desert. At around the same time,... 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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