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28 April 2022

No ‘Daily’ on Monday

The Books+Publishing Daily newsletter will not be published on Monday, 25 April, due to the Anzac Day public holiday. The next Daily will be published Tuesday, 26 April.
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WBN published Thursday next week

Due to the Anzac Day public holiday on Monday, 25 April the Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday, 28 April next week. The... Read more


‘Sorrow and Bliss’ shortlisted for 2022 Women’s Prize

Sydney-based Aotearoa New Zealand writer Meg Mason has been shortlisted for the £30,000 (A$52,800) Women’s Prize for Fiction for her second novel Sorrow and Bliss... Read more
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Byng joins HGCP as publisher x

Chren Byng has been appointed publisher at Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing (HGCP). Currently head of head of Australian children’s publishing at HarperCollins, Byng will work... Read more

Macquarie University launches author survey

Macquarie University has launched a national survey investigating the practices of Australian authors in the contemporary national and international book industry. The survey, which follows... Read more
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Dorothy Hewett Award 2022 shortlist announced

UWA Publishing (UWAP) has announced the shortlist for the 2022 Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript. The winner receives $10,000 prize money, as well... Read more


UQP acquires van Neerven nonfiction book on sport x

UQP has acquired world rights to Personal Score, the first work of nonfiction by writer and poet Ellen van Neerven. Described by the publisher as... Read more

Ondaatje Prize 2022 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s £10,000 (A$17,500) Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize has been announced. The annual award recognises the book ‘of highest literary... Read more

Booksellers’ Choice shortlists, Wheeler Centre 2022 Hot Desk fellows x

In awards news, the Australian Booksellers Association announced the shortlists for the 2022 Booksellers’ Choice Book of the Year Awards; local writers Sarah Walker, Eleanor Kirk and Shelley Burne-Field are among the finalists for the 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize in the Pacific category; and Australian authors Jacqueline Bublitz and Peter Papathanasiou have been longlisted for the UK Crime Writers’ Association 2022 Dagger Awards.

The Wheeler Centre announced the 21 recipients of the 2022 Hot Desk fellowships, returning after a ‘Covid-induced hiatus’ in 2021. Meanwhile, Australian Poetry named Audrey Molloy’s The Important Things (Gallery Press) as the winner of the 2021 Anne Elder Award.

In the UK, the shortlist for the Wolfson History Prize was announced, as well as the shortlist for the 2022 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize.

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ABDA shortlists, FALS inaugural residency recipients, Waterstones profits down x

This week, the Australian Book Designers Association announced the shortlists for the 70th Australian Book Design Awards; the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies announced the recipients of its inaugural Writing at the Reef Residency; and the 2021 shortlists for the Overland Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize and Judith Wright Poetry Prize were also revealed.

In the UK, Waterstones reported its after-tax profit fell 85% as sales declined 39% in 2021; independent booksellers are concerned about cost of living rises leading to fewer customers and lower average spending; and the shortlists for the Jhalak Prize and the Jhalak Children’s & Young Adult Prize for Black, Asian and minority ethnic writers were announced.

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Career path: Erica Wagner x

Erica Wagner has worked in publishing for over 30 years, starting out as a trainee children’s editor at Penguin Australia and going on to spend... Read more


Australian bookshop tour: Paperbark Merchants x

Located at Western Australia’s southern tip, Paperbark Merchants in Albany is WA’s largest independent regional bookstore. A runner-up in the regional bookstore category at the... Read more


Paying the price for print x

Bumper book consumption was a silver lining of Covid. But could it also be part of a perfect storm that will drive up the price... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Black Inc. has sold Russian translation rights to The Last Man in Europe (Dennis Glover) and Rose’s Vintage (Kayte Nunn) to MTS Library.... Read more


‘Cat Kid #3’ moves up to number three x

Top 10 bestsellers                                     Bluey: More Easter fun! (Puffin) Bluey: Easter (Puffin) Cat Kid Comic Club #3: On Purpose (Dav Pilkey, Scholastic) It Ends With... Read more


Old Fellow (Christopher Cheng, illus by Liz Anelli, Walker) x

Old Fellow, written by Christopher Cheng and illustrated by Liz Anelli, is a warm, simple and engaging story of an old man and his old... Read more


My Spare Heart (Jared Thomas, A&U) x

There’s a lot to unpack in this YA novel, which covers issues including alcoholism, climate change, divorce and racism. At the centre of it all... Read more


Forty Nights (Pirooz Jafari, Ultimo) x

Forty Nights is the literary debut of photographer turned lawyer and writer Pirooz Jafari. The novel weaves together three separate timelines, moving between 1360s Sweden,... Read more


Swimming Home (Judy Cotton, Black Inc.) x

Judy Cotton is an internationally celebrated visual artist who has work in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of... Read more


WAKE (Shelley Burr, Hachette) x

The question of what really happened to Evie McCreery has occupied amateur sleuths in online chat forums for years. But for Mina McCreery, ever since... 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 Nielsen x

Olivia Johansson has joined Nielsen BookScan in the role of senior account executive, publishers, replacing Soren Huet, who has moved to the role of senior... Read more


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The Secret of Emu Field: Britain’s forgotten atomic tests in Australia

Award-winning author Elizabeth Tynan reveals the cataclysmic history of Emu Field—an atomic test site where a terrifying black mist brought death and sickness to Aboriginal... Read more



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