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30 March 2022


CBCA 2022 Book of the Year shortlists announced

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its 2022 Book of the Year shortlists. The shortlisted books in each category are: Older readers... Read more
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LBF sees some Australian publishers returning in person x

After more than two years attending rights fairs virtually, several Australian publishers will be attending London Book Fair (LBF) in person when it runs in... Read more


Staff changes at Hardie Grant x

Hardie Grant has announced several staffing changes. From next month, current managing director of Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing (HGCP) Troy Lewis will become the company’s... Read more
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A&U acquires Yong debut YA novel x

Allen & Unwin has acquired ANZ rights to Sydney author Leanne Yong’s debut young adult novel Two Can Play that Game, in a deal brokered... Read more

ABIA 2022 longlist, Puncher & Wattmann acquires ‘Grimmish’, SWF 2022 program x

WestWords and Ultimo Press have partnered to offer a new prize for emerging writers ‘with a connection to Western Sydney’; Scribe children’s imprint Scribble and Sydney-based Think+DO Tank Foundation have released details of their Mirror Mentorship program designed to connect industry professionals with emerging writers, illustrators and translators; and #LoveOzYA has become a registered charity to support its initiative to promote Australian youth literature.

Puncher & Wattmann acquired world rights to the self-published book Grimmish by Michael Winkler in a deal brokered by Martin Shaw at Shaw Literary. Sydney Writers’ Festival has revealed its 2022 program, which runs from 16–22 May and features over 230 events with nearly 400 guests appearing via live stream and in person. Meanwhile the Australian Publisher’s Association has announced the keynote speakers for its second BookUp conference, which is set to take place on 9 June, and Adelaide Writers’ Week released the bestsellers from its ‘energising and uplifting’ 2022 event.

The longlists for the 2022 Australian Book Industry Awards have been announced, and Ford Street Publishing founder Paul Collins has received the annual Leila St John Award presented by the Victorian branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Gamilaroi writer Judi Morison is this year’s Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship recipient, while Ayesha Inoon was named the winner of the ASA/HQ Commercial Fiction Prize.

In New Zealand, Beatnik Publishing was named the Best Children’s Publisher of the Year in the Oceania category of the 2022 Bologna Prize, and the Publishers Association of New Zealand Te Rau o Tākupu has launched a new website to promote New Zealand books to international rights buyers around the world.

Overseas, Irish novelist Colm Tóibín won the 2022 Rathbones Folio Prize for his novel The Magician (Picador), and Swedish artist Eva Lindström won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s richest prize for children’s literature. The London Book Fair announced the winners of its annual International Excellence Awards, and the shortlists for this year’s Republic of Consciousness Prize and Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals were also announced this week.

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Sustainability and the Australian book industry: a snapshot, part one x

In the first of a three-part series looking at sustainability in the Australian book industry, Angela Meyer speaks with publishers about what practices they have... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Affirm Press has sold Polish rights to The Natural History of Love (Caroline Petit, May) to Świat Książki. Giramondo Publishing has sold Hebrew... Read more


Moriarty, Dalton top Australian fiction, nonfiction charts YTD x

Trent Dalton, whose 2018 debut Boy Swallows Universe remains in the top 10 Australian fiction bestsellers over three years after its publication, is at the... Read more


‘Bluey: Easter’ number one three weeks running x

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


Abomination (Ashley Goldberg, Vintage) x

Best friends Ezra and Yonatan are students at an ultra-Orthodox Melbourne Jewish school when a teacher is accused of sexual molestation and is quickly squirreled... Read more


How to Be Between (Bastian Fox Phelan, Giramondo) x

How to Be Between is a memoir that takes the reader on a tour of Australian counterculture at the beginning of the 21st century, through... Read more


The Secret of Emu Field: Britain’s forgotten atomic tests in Australia (Elizabeth Tynan, NewSouth) x

While the atomic atrocities of Maralinga are now a well-known story in Australia, the events of nearby Emu Field have comparatively flown under the radar.... Read more


The Way of Dog (Zana Fraillon, UQP) x

The Way of Dog is the latest work from internationally acclaimed author Zana Fraillon. A beautifully written verse novel told through an animal voice, this... 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

Changes at Hardie Grant

Hardie Grant announces a significant new appointment as a critical step towards continuing to evolve its culture and business.

From April, Troy Lewis will move from his current role as managing director of Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing (HGCP), to become Hardie Grant‘s first people and culture director, with global responsibility.

This board-level appointment has been identified as critical to the future success of Hardie Grant and is being introduced at a time when there is an ever-increasing emphasis on the nature of work and the relationship between companies and their staff.

Sandy Grant, chief executive Hardie Grant comments, ‘We have identified a number of areas where we need focused leadership to take our business and culture to a new level and moving beyond gestures, we commit board-level attention to this. It is our responsibility to be a good citizen, contributing to sustainability, diversity and social equity requires action, and Troy will lead the group on this to make sure our strategies are articulated, co-ordinated and acted upon.’

The new role will assist with the next phase of growth for the entire Hardie Grant group. Lewis added, ‘Recent external challenges have accelerated changes to all aspects of the working environment. While I will miss working directly in the publishing business, I am excited to step into a role that will influence how the entire group operates, especially how Hardie Grant’s distinct culture adapts and changes as the company continues to grow.’

Following on from this change, Kate Brown has been appointed as managing director, HGCP.

Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing has emerged from recent challenges, including change of ownership, as a strong, internationally focused, and market-driven publisher ready to take on the next stage of growth. Kate has been a key component of this growing success, having expertly led marketing, licensed publishing, special sales, distribution and product management functions during her career. More recently, Kate has played a central in the development of successful market responsive titles and was instrumental in advocating for and establishing Bright Light here and in the UK.

Julie Pinkham, HGP group managing director comments, ‘Kate is driven by the focus of always doing better for the audience—whether that be the reader, parent/carer or educator and a sense that everything we do must have readership at its core. Kate is more than ready to step up to this new role and will continue to harness her amazing focus to continue to build audience and markets, here and internationally.’

In addition, Marisa Pintado’s publishing director, HGCP role expanded

Marisa Pintado’s role as publishing director, HGCP has been expanded, recognising her significant contribution to the growing success, as well as to set the division ready for its next period of growth. In the coming months, under Pintado’s direction, HGCP is poised to expand its nonfiction program, setting the course for future growth through rounding out a full publishing program for children and young adults, with both local and international success in their sights.

Pinkham adds, ‘For over 15 years Marisa has played a key role in the growth and success of the HGCP list, having worked here and in the UK, been instrumental in the development of internationally successful series including Real Pigeons, Claris, Explore Your World and the Welcome to … (to name a few), as well as deepening her broad industry influence and acting as an advocate for children’s publishing through developing initiatives such as the Ampersand Prize.’


Walker Books Australia congratulates CBCA-shortlisted authors and illustrators

Walker Books would like to congratulate our CBCA-shortlisted authors and illustrators for 2022.

Congratulations to Leila Rudge for her shortlisting of Winston and the Indoor Cat in the Early Childhood category of the CBCAs and congratulations to Cindy Lane, illustrator of Great White Shark by Claire Saxby, for her shortlisting in the New Illustrator category.

At Walker we are truly proud of these books and their authors and illustrators.


HarperCollins congratulates CBCA-shortlisted creators

With the announcement of the 2022 CBCA Book of the Year shortlists, the team at HarperCollins Children’s Books is delighted to see Freya Blackwood’s The Boy and the Elephant (ISBN 9781460759998, $24.99, A&R) shortlisted in the Picture Book category, Katrina Nannestad’s Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief (ISBN 9780733341465, $19.99, ABC Books) shortlisted in the Younger Readers category, and Ashleigh Barton and Martina Heiduczek’s What Do You Call Your Grandma? (ISBN 9780733340840, $22.99, ABC Books), shortlisted in the Early Childhood category.

Congratulations, Freya, Katrina, Ashleigh and Martina!

Stock is currently frozen while we reprint, sticker and ensure we have sufficient stock to supply all customers simultaneously.

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Last chance: Australian Publishing Industry Workforce Survey on Diversity and Inclusion

The University of Melbourne and the Australian Publishers Association are running the 2022 Australian Publishing Industry Workforce Survey on Diversity and Inclusion. The survey will close this Friday, 1 April.

The aim is to learn more about who works in Australian book publishing: including full time, part time, freelance and casual workers; roles across editorial and production, sales and marketing, operations, IT, HR; people who are white, people of colour, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ+, people who are straight and cis—everyone, to make sure we get an accurate snapshot.

This survey will provide baseline data so that we can better understand our industry and, potentially, implement effective, targeted programs to benefit the industry.

If you work in Australian publishing or know someone who does, please complete and/or share the survey with your network!

Access the survey here.




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