Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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16 February 2022



Be one of the first to read Nightcrawling, the debut novel by Leila Mottley, which marks the stunning arrival of a voice unlike any we... Read more
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PANZ conference delayed until August

The Publishers Association of New Zealand Te Rau o Tākupu (PANZ) has announced the PANZ International Conference, which was due to be held in Auckland... Read more


UQP acquires Elvery debut novel x

UQP has acquired world rights to Brisbane writer Laura Elvery’s debut novel Nightingale. Elvery is the author of two short story collections published by UQP,... Read more
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ABA commissions report on sustainability, Hachette partners with Law, Liminal & SA and Sydney Opera House mentorship recipients x

In this week’s news, the ABA has commissioned a report on sustainability in the book industry, to be produced by freelance editor Angela Meyer. The ABA has also announced a new partnership with ‘profit for purpose’ payment processing company ArtsPay, which offers booksellers a 10% reduction on their current merchant services fees.

Hachette Australia has announced a ‘scouting partnership’ with writer and broadcaster Benjamin Law to amplify underrepresented voices and perspectives. Liminal & Writers SA named Lyn Dickens and Smriti Daniel as the recipients of their inaugural editorial mentorship, while the Sydney Opera House announced Yeena Kirkbright and Ayeesha Ash as the recipients of the All About Women of Colour mentorship program, delivered in partnership with Sweatshop.

Overseas, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and 2022 Folio Prize shortlists were revealed, while Bonnier Books reported a record year for sales in 2021.

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Booksellers’ high hopes for Christmas 2021 tempered by supply chain reality x

Books+Publishing received feedback from representatives of over 120 bookshops around Australia for its annual Christmas survey. After ‘the best Christmas ever’ in 2020, booksellers were... Read more
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Australian bookshop tour: Eltham Bookshop x

Founded in 1997, Eltham Bookshop is a ‘fiercely independent’ bookstore located in Melbourne’s north-eastern suburbs. Owned and run by Meera Govil, winner of the 2012... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Giramondo Publishing has sold simplified Chinese language rights to Saudade (Suneeta Peres da Costa) and This Water (Beverley Farmer) to China Workers Publishing... Read more


‘It Ends With Us’ reaches number one for first time x

Top 10 bestsellers                         It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover, S&S) Verity (Colleen Hoover, Sphere) Atomic Habits (James Clear, Random House Business) The Brightest Night:... Read more


The Girls of Lake Evelyn (Averil Kenny, Echo Publishing) x

Society bride Vivienne has left her groom at the altar, fleeing the most anticipated wedding of 1958. With nowhere else to turn, she finds herself... Read more


Mothertongues (Ceridwen Dovey & Eliza Bell, Hamish Hamilton) x

Mothertongues is a collaborative endeavour by Ceridwen Dovey and Eliza Bell that captures two essential concepts that are crucial yet often undervalued in our lives:... Read more


Where the Light Gets In (Zoë Coyle, Ultimo Press) x

Many stories are woven into one in Zoë Coyle’s anticipated debut novel Where the Light Gets In. Delphi, a free-spirited artist with a poet’s soul,... Read more


Everything You Want to See (Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Fremantle Press) x

From a dog to a dinosaur, from a butterfly to a lion’s roar, this fun and eclectic collection of ‘things’ is everything you want to... Read more


Milo Finds $105: Bored #1 (Matt Stanton, ABC Books) x

When you’re young, one of the most exciting moments in your life is finding money. Coins, cool, but actual notes—amazing! Milo, the 11-year-old narrator of... 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

Moves at Ventura Press x

At Ventura Press, former Pan Macmillan publisher Amanda Hemmings has taken over the role of managing editor and James Schiller has been appointed sales and... Read more

Cox joins Writing WA x

Journalist and author Carrie Cox has been appointed the new communications manager of Writing WA. Cox replaces Heather Blakey who has departed the role to... Read more

Literary fiction callout from Varuna and Scribe

Are you a writer of literary fiction looking for a publisher? Varuna and Scribe Publications want to hear from you.

Up to four writers will be offered the opportunity to develop exceptional work through this unique program. The one-week Varuna residency includes manuscript feedback, full board and accommodation, and meetings with Scribe editorial staff.

Applications close 12 April 2022. For further information, visit https://www.varuna.com.au/fellowships/scribe


Voss Literary Prize 2022

The Australian University Heads of English (AUHE) and the estate of Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss are pleased to call for nominations to the ninth annual Voss Literary Prize.

The prize, for the best novel published in Australia in 2021, carries a cash prize and will be presented at the AUHE AGM in November 2022. A nomination form and details of entry can be found at vossliteraryprize.com. Entries must be received by COB, 25 March 2022.


Allen & Unwin acquires AN EXCITING AND VIVID INNER LIFE by Sunday Times Short Story Award shortlisted Australian author Paul Dalla Rosa

Jane Palfreyman at Allen & Unwin has acquired a thrilling collection of short stories, AN EXCITING AND VIVID INNER LIFE by Sunday Times Short Story Award shortlisted Australian author Paul Dalla Rosa from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein on behalf of Kent Wolf at Neon Literary. Hannah Westland at Serpent’s Tail acquired UK & Commonwealth rights ex ANZ.

Whether working in food service or in high-end retail, lit by a laptop in a sex chat or by the camera of an acclaimed film director, or sharing a flat in the city or a holiday rental in Mallorca, the protagonists of the 10 stories comprising Paul Dalla Rosa’s debut collection navigate the spaces between aspiration and delusion, ambition and aimlessness, the curated profile and the unreliable body. By turns unsparing and tender, Dalla Rosa explores our lives in late-stage capitalism, where globalisation and its false promises of connectivity leave us further alienated and disenfranchised. Like the legendary Lucia Berlin and his contemporary Ottessa Mossfegh, Dalla Rosa is a masterful observer—and hilarious eviscerator—of our ugly, beautiful attempts at finding meaning in an ugly, beautiful world.

Publisher Jane Palfreyman says: ‘Paul is a seriously talented writer and I am so excited to be publishing this dazzling debut. His stories are small masterpieces of regret, futility and tenderness, dripping with acuity, irony and wit; his gaze is unflinching, his delivery is searingly deadpan and his heart is tender and true.’

Paul Dalla Rosa says: ‘I couldn’t be happier that the collection found a home with Allen & Unwin. Jane and Allen & Unwin really champion Australian literary fiction. It’s still a little surreal to say, but I’m honoured to join a list including Christos Tsiolkas, Michelle de Kretser, and some of the most exciting new Australian writers around. I can’t wait for the book to be in the hands of readers.’


Hayley Tomlinson to join UQP as rights and contracts manager

UQP is delighted to announce the appointment of Hayley Tomlinson as rights and contract manager.

Hayley has worked at Bolinda, Macmillan and Melbourne University Press and was most recently acquisitions manager at Wavesound, where she published ABIA award shortlisted audio books Honeybee (Craig Silvey) and Mammoth (Chris Flynn).

Ben James, Director UQP says: ‘We are excited to welcome Hayley to UQP at a time of strong growth in our rights partnerships, and when we are exploring new arrangements and models for our rights and audio.’

Hayley Tomlinson says: ‘I am thrilled to be joining UQP. I’ve long been a huge fan of their publishing lists; they punch well beyond their weight as a small press and I’m looking forward to joining their formidable team.’

Hayley begins on 28 February and replaces Kate McCormack who was UQP rights and contracts manager for five and a half years.




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