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11 May 2022

New PRH longform mentoring program

The Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas (JNI) has partnered with Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) and the Copyright Agency on a new initiative... Read more
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EWF 2022 program announced

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has revealed its 2022 festival program, which will take place from 15–25 June 2022. Following EWF’s successful pivot to an... Read more

UK publishing staff report stress, burnout

A survey by the Bookseller has found the UK publishing trade is facing ‘industry-wide burnout’, with nearly nine out of 10 (89%) respondents having experienced... Read more
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Nash to step down as Booktopia CEO, WA Premier’s Book Awards shortlist, Otmar wins 2022 Janet Mackenzie Medal x

Booktopia has announced co-founder Tony Nash will step down as CEO, but continue working within the company in a new position focused exclusively on growth, as company earnings fell 65%. Meanwhile, Express Media has appointed Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn as the new editor of Voiceworks literary journal.

In awards news, the shortlists for the 2021 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards have been announced, and Geelong-based writer, editor, researcher and trainer Renée Otmar has won the 2022 Janet Mackenzie Medal for services to editing.

The Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced in the US, and in the UK, bookshop chain Foyles recorded an operating loss after sales fell dramatically, while Lea Ypi has won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize.

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Sun shines on Clunes Booktown 2022 x

After two years of cancellations, in late April the first post-lockdown Clunes Booktown Festival was held in regional Victoria. Angela Crocombe from festival bookseller Readings... Read more
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Neela Janakiramanan on ‘The Registrar’ x

In her novel The Registrar (July, A&U), doctor and debut author Neela Janakiramanan looks at the many issues deeply ingrained in the healthcare system through the... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction  Affirm Press has sold Romanian rights to The Dictionary of Lost Words (Pip Williams) to Nemira. HarperCollins Australia has sold Italian translation rights to The... Read more


YA graphic novel ‘Heartstopper’ climbs to number four x

Top 10 bestsellers The Bad Guys #15: Open Wide and Say Arrrgh! (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic) Cat Kid Comic Club #3: On Purpose (Dav Pilkey, Scholastic)... Read more


The Chronic Pain Couple (Karra Eloff, Exisle) x

Karra Eloff met her forever partner while she was struck with chronic pain. Since that time Eloff, a health professional, founded the Chronic Pain Couple,... Read more


Of Marsupials and Men (Alistair Paton, Black Inc.) x

If members of the Acclimatisation Society of Victoria had had their way, monkeys and boa constrictors would have been let loose in the foliage of... Read more


The Registrar (Neela Janakiramanan, A&U) x

Emma Swann has worked her whole life to get here—and it’s even worse than she imagined. The young doctor has recently been accepted onto the... Read more


Jack's Jumper (Sara Acton, Walker) x

Jack’s jumper is far too big for him (it once belonged to his beloved big brother Paul, who has grown up and is rarely home... Read more


The Vexatious Haunting of Lily Griffin (Paula Hayes, illus by Katy Jiang, Fremantle Press) x

Eleven-year-old Lily Griffin is precocious but lonely—bullied by her brother and benignly neglected by the rest of her unusual family. Lily’s life changes dramatically when... 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


Inspired by the true story of a shocking scandal underpinning a police department, Nightcrawling is a searing debut novel about vulnerability and survival from an... Read more



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