Weekly Book Newsletter (end March 2022)
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17 March 2022


The Signal Line

Brothers Geo and Wes are testing their relationship now that their parents have passed away. Geo and Wes rarely agree on anything, especially not the... Read more
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Nielsen: Manga, romance, sci-fi drive Aus market growth in 2021 x

Overall growth in value in the Australian book market—which was up 2.5% in value to $1.3 billion in 2021 compared to 2020—has been driven by... Read more


Pandiella joins Welbeck ANZ x

Welbeck ANZ has announced the appointment of Anabel Pandiella as head of publicity and marketing. Pandiella joins the publisher from Simon & Schuster (S&S), where... Read more
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Perth Festival Literature & Ideas program: ‘a joy’ despite Covid restrictions, border closures

Perth Festival’s 2022 Writers Weekend, running across 26–27 February in the gardens of Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC), attracted over 6500 attendees to sessions featuring guests... Read more

Penguin Literary Prize shortlist, floods devastate Lismore Library and Book Warehouse, ABDA longlists x

The Australian Society of Authors, the Australian Short Story Festival and the Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival are among the latest and final recipients of the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) funding. The floods in the Northern Rivers area in New South Wales have devastated Lismore Library and the Book Warehouse Lismore, with Lismore Library accepting new book donations to rebuild their collections. Meanwhile, The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced the appointment of Cathie Warburton as its new CEO.

The shortlists for the 2022 Penguin Literary Prize and the ASA/HQ Commercial Fiction Prize have been announced, along with the longlist for the 70th Australian Book Design Awards. Varuna has announced Liz Evans and Maddie Godfrey as the inaugural recipients of the Pitch Me! Fellowship, established to connect Australian writers with the publishing industry.

Overseas, the longlist for the International Booker was announced, and Stefanie Posavec and Miriam Quick were awarded the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize for I Am a Book. I Am a Portal to the Universe. (Particular Books).

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Amplify Bookstore: Winter reading list x

Amplify Bookstore, an independent online bookseller specialising in books by Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) authors, shares the shop’s most anticipated titles from... Read more


Tuning into BookTube: How publishers can work with influencers

In 2021 Kirsty Horton completed her master’s thesis at Curtin University on how publishers and BookTubers could get the most out of their commercial relationship.... Read more


Kiah Thomas on ‘The Callers’ x

The Callers (HarperCollins, May), Kiah Thomas’s first novel for middle-grade readers, follows Quin, a young boy who lives in a world where some people have... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction HarperCollins has sold German translation rights to The Truth About Her (Jacqueline Maley) to HarperCollins Germany GmbH, and English rights to The Fossil... Read more


Four Hoover novels in top 10 x

Top 10 bestsellers Bluey: Easter (Puffin) It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover, S&S) Again, Rachel (Marian Keyes, Michael Joseph) Verity (Colleen Hoover, Sphere) House of... Read more


Daisy & Woolf (Michelle Cahill, Hachette) x

Michelle Cahill’s debut novel tells the story of a struggling writer, Mina, as she expands upon the often disregarded character Daisy Simmons from Virginia Woolf’s... Read more


The Red Witch: A biography of Katharine Susannah Prichard (Nathan Hobby, The Miegunyah Press) x

Fifty years after the writer Katharine Susannah Prichard’s death, Nathan Hobby has produced this highly detailed, meticulously researched biography, both a revealing account of Prichard’s... Read more


The Callers (Kiah Thomas, HarperCollins) x

Publishing simultaneously in Australia and the US, The Callers—Kiah Thomas’s first foray into middle-grade fiction—is a thoughtful, nuanced fantasy adventure in which two young people... Read more


The Greatest Thing (Sarah Winifred Searle, A&U Children's) x

The Greatest Thing is a graphic novel about friendship and self-actualisation, with a dash of queer romance. Semi-autobiographical in nature, it’s set in America in... Read more


Vale Blaise van Hecke

Blaise van Hecke, co-founder and publisher of Melbourne-based Busybird Publishing, died suddenly on Sunday, 13 March. She was 53 years old. Small Press Network (SPN)... 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 the ABA x

At the Australian Booksellers Association, Claire Beyer is leaving to take up a role at Thames & Hudson (see classified). Beyer’s replacement is Ben Ripley.

Ligeti, Rizvi, Serong join Wheeler Centre board x

Julie Ligeti has been appointed chair of the Wheeler Centre board, replacing Susan Oliver. Two new board directors, authors Jamila Rizvi and Jock Serong, have... Read more

Personnel developments at Thames & Hudson Australia

Thames & Hudson Australia (T&H) have announced a number of new appointments that will support underpin the company’s next stage of growth.

Rick Wiebusch fills a newly created position as sales manager: key accounts/international. Rick joins T&H from Lonely Planet, where he worked as Australia and New Zealand sales manager and Asia Trade Export manager. Rick will manage a portfolio of national accounts and develop the Australian export business with a particular focus on Asia-Pacific.

Claire Beyer joins T&H in the new position of product/inventory manager. Claire joins the product and operations department to support the expansion of the T&H distributed publisher portfolio. Claire was formerly in charge of member services at the ABA, and had previously been a key accounts manager at Lonely Planet.

Tom Saras is the new publicist for T&H, succeeding Michelle Brasington, who will retire at the end of April after 27 years at the company. Tom will lead the company’s publicity efforts across traditional and digital media. Tom relocates to Melbourne from Sydney, where he has been working as a campaign manager at HarperCollins.

Gemma Pass joins T&H in the role of marketing executive to manage lead-title campaigns across Australian and internationally published books. Gemma joins T&H from the Melbourne Writers Festival.

In an internal move, Jackie Money is promoted to head of marketing. Jackie will lead the marketing and communications department. Jackie first joined T&H in a maternity cover position in 2020 and has been instrumental in developing the company’s overall communications strategy.

These changes are the result of a sustained period of significant growth for T&H’s Australian publishing and third-party distributed publisher business.




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