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4 May 2022


Ultimate Australia Travel List

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Australia Travel List has been revealed. Win one of 10 copies! For the first time, the team at Lonely Planet and its... Read more
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Centre for Stories Writing Fellowships 2022 winners announced

The Centre for Stories has announced the winners of the 2022 Centre for Stories Writing Fellowships. The six winning writers are: Ana Brawls, for a... Read more


‘The Dictionary of Lost Words’ picked for Reese’s Book Club

Pip Williams’ novel The Dictionary of Lost Words (Affirm) is the first Australian book to be selected for Reese’s Book Club. US actor and producer... Read more
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Pantera acquires Madigan book on stalking x

Pantera Press has acquired world rights for Obsession: The psychology of stalking by journalist Nicole Madigan, from Jeanne Ryckmans at Cameron’s Management. In Obsession, Madigan... Read more

Araluen wins Stella Prize; Parker-Chan finalist for Hugo Award; UK paper crisis to worsen x

Evelyn Araluen has won the 2022 Stella Prize for Dropbear (UQP), the first time a poetry collection has won the award after it opened to works of poetry this year; Ella Baxter, Michael Burrows and Diana Reid have been named the Sydney Morning Herald Best Australian Novelists for 2022; and Simon Tedeschi has won the 2022 Calibre Essay Prize for his essay ‘This Woman My Grandmother’.

The winners of the 2021 Judith Wright Poetry Prize and Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize have been announced, and Australian writer Shelley Parker-Chan is a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Novel for their debut novel She Who Became the Sun. Meanwhile, Macquarie University has launched a national survey investigating the practices of Australian authors in the book industry.

In the US, the winners of the 2022 Edgar Allan Poe Awards have been announced. The UK publishing industry is concerned the current paper crisis will worsen as Swedish paper company Stora-Enso shuts down four of its five paper mills.

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The meteoric rise of manga

Books+Publishing investigates what’s behind the current manga boom, and how it’s impacting publishers’ local comics and graphic novel lists. It’s no secret that in 2021... Read more


June books reviewed x

A round-up of local books to look out for in June, as recommended by Books+Publishing reviewers in the past month. Fiction Two novels exploring family... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction Black Inc. has sold North American rights to The Shortest History of Japan (Lesley Downer) to The Experiment, and Romanian rights to Machines... Read more


‘Cat Kid #3’ reaches number one x

Top 10 bestsellers             Cat Kid Comic Club #3: On Purpose (Dav Pilkey, Scholastic) It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover, S&S) Dream Town (David Baldacci,... Read more


The Angry Women's Choir (Meg Bignell, Michael Joseph) x

When going through tough times in life you often turn to any solace you can find, sometimes discovering it in the unlikeliest of places. For... Read more


Blue Hour (Sarah Schmidt, Hachette)

Sarah Schmidt’s second novel, following her award-winning debut See What I Have Done, is an intensely absorbing emotional journey through motherhood and trauma set against... Read more


Holy Woman (Louise Omer, Scribe) x

For Louise Omer, leaving a problematic marriage became leaving a faith. For her, the two went hand-in-hand, one a symbol of the other: the wife... Read more


Tarni's Chance (Paul Collins, illus by Jules Ober, Ford St) x

In Tarni’s Chance, the world of Paul Collins and Jules Ober’s young protagonist is grey with sadness as her parents argue, and her inner mood... Read more


The Snow Laundry (Mette Jakobsen, HarperCollins) x

Ally, her boyfriend Bon, and hundreds of other homeless young people live together in a former hotel converted into a state-run laundry and kitchen. The... 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



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