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23 February 2022


Forty Favours the Brave

From the creators of the hit podcast FORTY come musings, advice and real-life stories on the highs, lows and unexpected delight of life in your... Read more
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CBCA 2022 Notable Books announced

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its list of Notable Books for 2022. The list acts as the longlist for the CBCA... Read more

Hardie Grant ‘Innovate’ RAP endorsed x

Hardie Grant has announced the next level of its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), the ‘Innovate’ RAP, has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. The Innovate RAP... Read more
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Australia Council announces 2022 leadership programs participants

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the participants of its three leadership programs—Arts Leaders, Future Leaders and International Leadership—for emerging, mid-career and established... Read more


Tablo Tales acquires Eckermann verse novel x

Tablo Tales, the new literary imprint of Tablo Publishing led by creative director Jemma Birrell, has acquired world rights to a new book by South Australian... Read more
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Opposition grows as Vivendi files Lagardère takeover bid

In France, media company Vivendi has filed its proposed takeover bid for Hachette Livre parent company Lagardère Group amid growing opposition to the merger, reports... Read more

Cassim joins ILF, ANZ publishers shortlisted for Bologna Prize, S&S reports growth in revenue x

Five Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand publishers have been shortlisted for the 2022 Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year in the Oceania category, with the winner to be announced at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in March. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation has appointed Zoe Cassim as program manager, and Simon & Schuster Australia was the fastest growing large publisher in Australia last year, reporting 27.2% growth in local total sales.

The Australian Publishers Association has announced the mid-career editors who will attend the 2022 Residential Editorial Program in Sydney, meanwhile Bohdi Byles and Maya Hodge have been selected for the inaugural Open Book Internship pilot program.

Australian children’s author Margaret Wild has been shortlisted for the 2022 Hans Christian Andersen Award, and in the UK, Swiss-born Australian resident Armin Greder was longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and Carnegie Medal.

Overseas, Lagardère Publishing grew its revenue by 9.4% in 2021, and Simon & Schuster US reported its operating income was up 52% year-on-year.

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How international book markets performed in 2021

Through the PubMagNet initiative, a collaboration between book industry trade magazines from around the world, representatives from publications in Italy, Spain, the UK, Russia, Norway... Read more


Lana Spasevski on ‘A Sprinkle of Sadie’

Sadie loves to bake, but sometimes things don’t go to plan. In her new junior fiction series, A Sprinkle of Sadie (Affirm, April), Lana Spasevski... Read more


Lana Spasevski recommends x

I have just finished The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor (Affirm) with my daughters. The fast, cinematic pace of the text, the... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Giramondo Publishing has sold Turkish rights to A Million Windows, A History of Books and Border Districts (Gerald Murnane) to Ketebe.  Nonfiction Giramondo... Read more


Robb thriller ‘Abandoned in Death’ debuts at number five x

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


The Most Important Job in the World (Gina Rushton, Macmillan) x

Gina Rushton begins her story in a place that so many women seem to arrive at too often, both literally and metaphorically, when it comes... Read more


No Hard Feelings (Genevieve Novak, HarperCollins) x

The protagonist of Genevieve Novak’s debut novel will be relatable to many younger millennials. Penny is battling the dread of the fact that life in... Read more


A Sprinkle of Sadie (Lana Spasevski, illus by Joanie Stone, Affirm Press) x

A Sprinkle of Sadie, illustrated by Joanie Stone, is the first in a new junior fiction series from Australian writer Lana Spasevski. Seven-year-old Sadie Le... Read more


Katerina Cruickshanks (Daniel Gray-Barnett, Scribble) x

Daniel Gray-Barnett’s playful second book as both author and illustrator tells a cautionary tale about exiling exuberance and individuality. Katerina Cruickshanks’ wild and inventive approach... Read more


Hold Your Fire (Chloe Wilson, Scribner)

Hold Your Fire is the incisive and darkly funny fiction debut by Melbourne poet Chloe Wilson, author of Not Fox Nor Axe and The Mermaid... 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

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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