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6 April 2022


Nonfiction picture books popular at ‘phenomenal’ Bologna x

The 2022 Bologna Children’s Book Fair wrapped up on 24 March, the first time the event was held in three years. ‘The event was much... Read more
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Centre for Stories announces new international writing fellowship

The Centre for Stories has announced a new international writing fellowship for writers living outside Australia. Valued at $30,000, the Patricia Kailis International Writing Fellowship... Read more


Dymocks Parramatta under new ownership x

Dymocks Parramatta, located in Westfield Parramatta, has been sold by Perry Lennon after 21 years of ownership. Parramatta local Shaveta Sharma took over management on... Read more
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SoA calls on Amazon to cut ebook refund window

In the UK, the Society of Authors (SoA) is calling on Amazon to cut its ebook returns window from 14 days to 48 hours, reports... Read more

Stella Prize, CBCA, NSW Prem’s shortlists x

The London Book Fair, which runs this week, sees several Australian publishers attending in person after more than two years of attending rights fairs virtually, while Canberra Writers Festival has announced the dates for its 2022 festival, which is set to return to a full program of live events.

In awards news, the shortlists for this year’s Stella Prize, Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards and New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards were all announced this week. Gary Lonesborough won the biennial Ena Noël Award for his debut YA novel The Boy from the Mish (A&U), and Aotearoa New Zealand writer Catherine Chidgey was shortlisted for the 2022 Dublin Literary Award.

Nardi Simpson has been selected as the 2022 Copyright Agency-University of Technology Sydney New Writer in Residence; and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has received three-year funding from the Copyright Agency for its Picture Book and Illustrator Awards, which are set to open to Aotearoa New Zealand entrants for the first time. The federal government has announced an additional $20 million to ‘phase down’ the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand Fund in its 2022­–23 budget, and the Australia Society of Authors has launched a new non-profit law firm to provide low-cost legal advice to its members.

Overseas, Penguin Random House has recorded a 9.2% profit growth, and the recipients of the 2022 Windham-Campbell Prizes, as well as the shortlist for the Dylan Thomas Prize, have been announced.

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

In the second of a three-part series looking at sustainability in the Australian book industry, Angela Meyer speaks with publishers, printers and other central players... Read more


May books reviewed x

A round-up of local books to look out for in May, as recommended by Books+Publishing reviewers in the past month. Fiction Fans of Australian crime... Read more


Jasmine Seymour on ‘Open Your Heart to Country’ x

Jasmine Seymour’s fourth picture book Open Your Heart to Country (Magabala, June) is a bilingual story of healing and belonging. Told in Dharug and English, the... Read more


Jasmine Seymour recommends x

The last book I read and loved is the picture book Sea Country by Aunty Patsy Cameron and Lisa Kennedy (Magabala). I picked it up in the... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction Spinifex Press has sold French translation rights to Towards the Abolition of Surrogate Motherhood (ed by Marie Josèphe Devillers & Ana-Luana Stoicea-Deram) to... Read more


Film adaptation puts ‘Crawdads’ back in top 10 x

Top 10 bestsellers       Bluey: Easter (Puffin) Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens, Corsair) Bluey: More Easter fun! (Puffin) Run Rose Run (Dolly Parton &... Read more


Black River (Matthew Spencer, A&U, June) x

He’s been dubbed the Blue Moon Killer: someone who has been killing young women along Sydney’s Parramatta River whenever the moon is full. Sydney is... Read more


Hard Joy: Life and writing (Susan Varga, Upswell, June) x

Susan Varga spent the first half of her life having affairs with inappropriate men, including some of the older leading lights of the libertarian Sydney... Read more


The Making of Her (Bernadette Jiwa, Bantam, June) x

The Making of Her is a historical family drama that immediately conjures the sense of a time not so long ago. Spanning the 1960s to... Read more


The Comedienne's Guide to Pride (Hayli Thomson, HarperCollins, June) x

The only phrase you’ll need to get this debut into the hands of avid YA readers will be ‘Sapphic rom-com’—but there’s a lot more to... Read more


Open Your Heart to Country (Jasmine Seymour, Magabala Books, June) x

Open Your Heart to Country is the stunning fourth picture book from Dharug woman and award-winning author/illustrator Jasmine Seymour. It’s a story of welcome and... 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

Cameron replaces Wiebusch at Lonely Planet x

Lonely Planet has announced the appointment of Michael Cameron as Australia and New Zealand sales manager, replacing Rick Wiebusch in the role. Maurice Peters of... Read more

Booktopia board changes x

Independent non-executive director Marina Go has resigned from the board of Booktopia. The board has confirmed the upcoming appointment of Judy Slatyer as an independent... Read more



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