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2 March 2022


The Bookseller at the End of the World

‘An extraordinary story… illegal gambling, pirates and numerous personal tragedies, all punctuated by warm stories from her bookshops and an ultimately resolved love story. It... Read more
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Ockham NZ Book Awards 2022 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2022 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted books, chosen from longlists announced in January, are: Jann Medlicott... Read more

APA Bologna stand to feature 15 publishers x

The Australian stand at the 2022 Bologna Book Fair, which this year runs 21–24 March, will feature books from 15 local publishers, three of which... Read more
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UQP acquires two more books from Thompson x

UQP has acquired world rights to two new books by Aboriginal (pakana) author Adam Thompson. The first book, a novel set in Launceston and focused... Read more

US publishers to attend LBF in ‘limited’ capacity; Russia banned from fairs

Large US publishers including Hachette Book Group and HarperCollins US will only attend this year’s London Book Fair, which runs 5–7 April, in a ‘limited... Read more
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Stella Prize longlist, Booktopia profits drop, appointments at Welbeck and Byron Writer’s Festival x

In this week’s news, Welbeck ANZ has appointed Gareth Woods-Jack and Zoe Knowles to its sales, marketing and publicity team as head of sales and marketing executive, respectively. Meanwhile, Zoe Pollock has been appointed the new artistic director of Byron Writers Festival.

Booktopia’s profits halved after Covid lockdowns, not-for-profit picture book publisher Dirt Lane Press will become an imprint of arts organisation WestWords, and the Book Orchard has taken over Just Books Bairnsdale in East Gippsland, Victoria. In New Zealand, Faith Wilson is the recipient of a new internship offered in partnership with Creative New Zealand and Penguin Random House New Zealand.

In awards news, the Stella Prize has announced its 2022 longlist, Kate Holden has won the 2021 Walkley Book Award for The Winter Road (Black Inc.), and Diana Reid’s Love & Virtue (Ultimo) has won the fifth annual MUD Literary Prize.

Overseas, Waterstones has purchased family-owned chain Blackwell’s, and Simon & Schuster has announced the new Scribner imprint, Scribner Canada.

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April books reviewed x

A round-up of local books to look out for in April, as recommended by Books+Publishing reviewers in the past month. Fiction In April, readers can... Read more


Jennifer Pinkerton on ‘Heartland’

Jennifer Pinkerton’s Heartland (A&U, May) is a wide-ranging survey of modern dating and relationships that addresses topics from love in lockdown and dating app usage to... Read more


Jennifer Pinkerton recommends x

One of my big loves is my place on the map: the Northern Territory. As it’s such a beautiful, but sometimes strange part of Australia,... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction  NewSouth Publishing has sold Chinese-language rights to Beyond the Hero’s Journey: A screenwriting guide for when you’ve got a different story to tell... Read more


Maas sequel debuts at number one x

Top 10 bestsellers                         House of Sky and Breath (Sarah J Maas, Bloomsbury) Again, Rachel (Marian Keyes, Michael Joseph) It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover,... Read more


Heartland (Jennifer Pinkerton, A&U) x

There would be very few among us who, deep in the wilds of the dating tundra, wouldn’t have thought in frustration, I just wish I... Read more


Red (Felicity McLean, Fourth Estate) x

Ruby ‘Red’ McCoy wants people to hear her side of the story. She knows what the police are saying, and she knows what’s been reported... Read more


The Silence of Water (Sharron Booth, Fremantle Press) x

Be swept up in the tragedy of this based-on-fact historical drama that follows the lives of three generations of the Salt family through the 1800s... Read more


How to Spell Catastrophe (Fiona Wood, Pan) x

Fiona Wood, three-time winner of the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers, moves into middle-grade fiction with the funny and charming How to... Read more


Libby Lawrence is Good at Pretending (Jodi McAlister, Wakefield Press) x

Jodi McAlister, author of the young adult urban fantasy trilogy ‘Valentine’, draws on her academic study of romance fiction in her new YA novel Libby... Read more


Vale Michael Cannon

Journalist and author Michael Cannon has died, aged 92. Cannon’s daughter Sarah writes: Asked about the unusual badge in his lapel, Michael Cannon used to... 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

A&U proudly announce ‘Wylah: The Koorie Warrior’ a new middle-grade fantasy-adventure series

Albert Street Books, an imprint of Allen & Unwin (A&U), is proud to announce Wylah: the Koorie Warrior by Richard Pritchard and Jordan Gould—the first in a middle-grade fantasy adventure series for ages 8-14.

Publishing 31 May 2022, Wylah is an entirely original adventure story that is inspired by First Nations history and grounded in culture. In 2020, Richard Pritchard and Jordan Gould launched a Kickstarter campaign for a special edition of Wylah, and met their $20,000 goal in three days, sparking national media interest. The creators used money from the Kickstarter to do a series of cultural consultations, especially with First Nations women. Their main character, Wylah, is a Peek Whurrong girl from the Maar Nation. She is a funny, smart and relatable young hero.


Staff changes at Text

As we farewell our wonderful sales manager Jamila Khodja we wish her every success in her new path. She’ll be missed by the whole team.

We’re delighted to announce Kate Lloyd’s promotion to sales & marketing manager. Kate is supported by Sophie Mannix, promoted from publishing assistant to sales coordinator, and Julia Kathro in her ongoing position as marketing coordinator.

Congratulations to Sophie and Kate on their promotions. Reach them at: kate.lloyd@textpublishing.com.au, sophie.mannix@textpublishing.com.au


Varuna First Nations Fellowship Recipients 2022

Varuna would like to congratulate the six recipients of the Varuna First Nations Fellowships 2022, who will come to Varuna for a residency, as well as being offered mentoring opportunities:

  • Jenny Fraser, for her narrative nonfiction manuscript ‘Jidda’
  • Kalem Murray, for his crime fiction/modern fantasy/horror manuscript ‘Frayed Threads’
  • Brooke Scobie, for her fantasy/speculative fiction manuscript ‘The Unwoven’
  • Aunty Kerry Bulloojeeno Archibald Moran, for her narrative nonfiction manuscript ‘Our Mob: Stories from Silver City Aboriginal Reserve, Anaiwan Country’
  • Neika Lehman for their poetry manuscript ‘niyakara tabalti – dream travel’
  • Luke Patterson for his poetry manuscript ‘TEK’.

Upcoming change of distribution for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt titles

Following the purchase of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt by HarperCollins, HarperCollins will take over sales & distribution of all Houghton Mifflin Harcourt titles—to become Harvest, Mariner & Clarion, from 1st March 2022.

We thank Peribo for their outstanding representation and support of the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt list over many years.

Key Information:

  • Backorders will not be transferred from Peribo to HarperCollins/HEDS
  • HarperCollins/HEDS will not accept returns of stock not invoiced by HarperCollins/HEDS.

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The Bush Koala

During Australia’s bushfires, Joey Koala is separated from his mother and must search for her with the help of the other forest animals. The Bush... Read more



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