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23 March 2022


ABIA 2022 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2022 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced. The titles longlisted in each category are: General fiction book of the... Read more
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Beatnik named Bologna publisher of the year, Oceania

Aotearoa New Zealand publisher Beatnik Publishing is the winner of the Oceania category of the 2022 Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publisher of the... Read more


Scribble, Think+DO Tank Foundation announce Mirror Mentorship program details x

Scribe children’s imprint Scribble and Sydney-based Think+DO Tank Foundation, which runs multilingual bookshop Lost in Books, have released details of their Mirror Mentorship program, supported... Read more
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PANZ launches New Zealand Books website x

The Publishers Association of New Zealand Te Rau o Tākupu (PANZ) has launched a new website,, to ‘overcome the tyranny of distance and the... Read more

Williams to leave SWF, Perth Writers Weekend 2022 wrap, Manga and adult fiction drive 2021 sales x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the 2022 program for its conference, to be held in person 12–13 June at the Sheraton Grand Hyde Park in Sydney, while Perth Festival reported its 2022 Writers Weekend was ‘a joy’ despite Covid restrictions.

Welbeck ANZ has appointed Anabel Pandiella as head of publicity and marketing, and Sydney Writers’ Festival artistic director Michael Williams has announced that the this year’s upcoming festival will be his last.

Nielsen BookData has reported adult fiction and manga sales drove the overall growth in value in the Australian book market in 2021; QBD Books is set to open its biggest store to date in Adelaide in late March; and nonfiction publisher New Holland Publishing Group has sold its Aotearoa New Zealand publishing business to independent publisher Upstart Press.

Trent Dalton’s Love Stories (Fourth Estate) has been named Book of the Year at the 2022 Indie Book Awards, and the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the winners of its 2022 Award Mentorship program for Writers and Illustrators.

Overseas, French children’s writer Marie-Aude Murail and Korean artist Suzy Lee were the recipients of the 2022 IBBY Hans Christian Anderson author and illustrator awards respectively, and the winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced.

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Australian bookshop tour: Petrarch’s Bookshop x

Petrarch’s Bookshop first opened its doors in 1985. With a large focus on Tasmanian books, the family-owned general bookshop has become a cornerstone for the... Read more


Hayley Scrivenor on ‘Dirt Town’

Set in the rural New South Wales town of Durton, Hayley Scrivenor’s debut novel Dirt Town (Macmillan, May) centres on the disappearance of a young... Read more


Hayley Scrivenor recommends x

I was fortunate enough to see Larissa Behrendt speak at the 2021 BAD Sydney Crime Writers festival about her book After Story (UQP). I got... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction Exisle Publishing has sold simplified Chinese rights to The Eczema Detox: The low-chemical diet for eliminating skin inflammation (Karen Fischer) and Your Anxiety... Read more


Parton & Patterson thriller debuts at number two x

Top 10 bestsellers Bluey: Easter (Puffin) Run Rose Run (Dolly Parton & James Patterson, Century) It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover, S&S) Verity (Colleen Hoover,... Read more


Dirt Town (Hayley Scrivenor, Macmillan) x

Dirt Town by Hayley Scrivenor is a complex and multi-layered whodunnit, peppered with red-herrings and shocking revelations. In the rural New South Wales town of... Read more


Homesickness (Janine Mikosza, Ultimo Press) x

‘I can’t escape myself or my past. There’s no way out,’ a character named Janine (‘Jin’) muses to an unknown interviewer near the beginning of... Read more


Sunbathing (Isobel Beech, A&U) x

After her father dies of suicide, the unnamed narrator of Sunbathing travels from her hometown of Melbourne to the Italian countryside. There, she stays with... Read more


All the Tricky Little Things (Karys McEwen, Text) x

This debut middle-grade novel is a gentle and empathetic story about navigating the period between primary and high school, as well as the complex ways... Read more


Read the latest Publishers Weekly x

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