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13 April 2022

WBN published Thursday next week

Due to the Easter Monday public holiday on Monday, 18 April, the Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday, 21 April next week. The... Read more
 
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MKWC, Varuna announce new residency for NZ writers

Varuna, the National Writers House and the Michael King Writers Centre (MKWC), Aotearoa New Zealand’s national writers’ facility, have announced a new residency for New... Read more
 

 

Walker aquires Foster, Gordon middle-grade novel x

Walker Books Australia has acquired world rights to Small Acts, a middle-grade novel by neurodiverse authors Kate Foster and Kate Gordon. Described by the publisher... Read more
 
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Water Scott Prize 2022 shortlist announced

In the UK, the Water Scott Prize 2022 shortlist has been announced. The titles shortlisted for the £25,000 (A$43,600) prize for historical fiction are: Rose Nicolson (Andrew Greig,... Read more
 

Publishers report ‘phenomenal’ Bologna fair; ‘Crawdads’ tops Dymocks list; Petraitis wins A&U Crime Fiction Prize x

Australian publishers who attended the 2022 Bologna Children’s Book Fair, which wrapped up on 24 March, reported a ‘phenomenal’ fair; The Lifted Brow has announced a new board with plans to resume publishing; and Meredith Jaffé is stepping down as president and festival director of NSW South Coast festival StoryFest.

Dymocks has announced its flagship Adelaide shop will move to the heritage-listed Regent Theatre in Rundle Mall; meanwhile, Dymocks Parramatta has been sold by Perry Lennon, after 21 years of ownership, to Parramatta local Shaveta Sharma. Delia Owens’s Where the Crawdads Sing (Corsair) is the number one book on Dymock’s annual Top 101 list for the second year in a row.

The Centre for Stories announced a new international writing fellowship for writers living outside Australia, valued at $30,000; Vikki Petraitis won the inaugural Allen & Unwin Crime Fiction Prize for her debut crime fiction novel The Unbelieved; and the finalists for the 2021 Aurealis Awards were announced.

In the UK, the Society of Authors is calling on Amazon to cut its ebook returns window, and the shortlist for the 2022 International Booker Prize was announced. Meanwhile in the US, print book sales were down 8.9% in the first quarter of 2022.

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

In the final of this three-part series looking at sustainability in the Australian book industry, Angela Meyer speaks with booksellers and associated companies and organisations... Read more
 

 

Australian bookshop tour: The Mad Hatters Bookshop x

Established in 2015, Brisbane’s The Mad Hatters Bookshop was opened with the goal of making ‘a magical, family-friendly space for book lovers’ and showcasing the... Read more
 

 

New Baldacci thriller debuts at number seven x

Top 10 bestsellers             Bluey: Easter (Puffin) Bluey: More Easter fun! (Puffin) Wings of Fire #15: The Flames of Hope (Tui T Sutherland, Scholastic) It... Read more
 

 

Daughters of Durga: Dowries, gender violence and family in Australia (Manjula Datta O’Connor, MUP, June) x

With Daughters of Durga, author, psychiatrist and campaigner Manjula Datta O’Connor has written an impassioned and empathetic treatise on the abuses of a patriarchal system.... Read more
 

 

Horse (Geraldine Brooks, Hachette, June) x

Four decades after covering horse racing as a cadet reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald, award-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks has returned to the track. Her... Read more
 

 

Our Members Be Unlimited (Sam Wallman, Scribe, June) x

Unionism is about more than your rights at work. It is something greater even than a form of politics at the point of production: union... Read more
 

 

A Feather on a Wing (Maria Speyer, UQP, June) x

The darkness of night is a common fear for many children trying to get to sleep after lights-out. The dark can make you feel alone... Read more
 

 

When Only One (Meg Gatland-Veness, Pantera, June) x

Everything changes when Sam’s one-time best friend Emily appears outside his window for the first time in five years. He knows why she’s back 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
 

Bell joins HarperCollins x

Maraya Bell, previously Walker Books Australia publicity manager, has joined HarperCollins Australia as publicity campaign manager—children’s books, in a maternity leave cover.
 

A&U announces the winner of the 2022 Crime Fiction Prize

Allen & Unwin (A&U) are thrilled to announce that the winner of our inaugural Crime Fiction Prize is Vikki Petraitis. Her debut crime fiction novel, The Unbelieved, will be published on the 2 August 2022. Along with being awarded a publishing contract, our winner receives an advance against royalties of $AUD 25,000.

We received over 340 manuscripts. The prize was open to all unpublished full-length manuscripts in the crime or thriller genres between 70,000 and 100,000 words in length, written by residents of Australia and New Zealand. Both debut writers and already-published writers were eligible to enter.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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