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18 May 2022


BWF 2022: ‘Big, diverse festival that attracted a diverse audience’ x

Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) wrapped up last week, having run 3–8 May, with an online festival running 10–14 May. BWF CEO Sarah Runcie told Books+Publishing... Read more
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ABA 2022 Bookseller of the Year shortlists announced

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the shortlists for the 2022 ABA Bookseller of the Year awards. The awards recognise an individual bookseller for... Read more


Vivas replaces Byng at HarperCollins x

HarperCollins Australia has announced the appointment of Ana Vivas as its new head of Australian children’s publishing. Currently children’s publisher at Hardie Grant, Vivas replaces... Read more
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‘In the Clearing’ to become Disney+ drama series x

A series adaptation of In the Clearing by J P Pomare (Hachette) has been acquired by Disney for its streaming service Disney+. Pomare’s 2019 novel... Read more


Prize money increase for Spark Prize x

Hardie Grant Books and RMIT Writing and Publishing have announced the prize money for the Spark Prize has increased from $2000 to $5000. The biennial... Read more
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Ockham NZ Book Awards, NSW Premier’s winners, new Wollongong writers festival, Australian Reading Hour moves to March x

Australia Reads has announced its annual flagship event the Australian Reading Hour, which runs in September, will not take place this year, and will instead moves to March from next year. The South Coast Writers Centre has announced a new literary festival for Wollongong, Booktopia has opened its new corporate offices in Western Sydney, and Meanjin editor Jonathan Green has announced the December 2022 edition of the literary journal will be his last.

The winners of the 2022 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards and NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced. Melbourne writer Nell Pierce was awarded this year’s $20,000 Australian/Vogel Literary Award for her novel A Place Near Eden, Jacqueline Bublitz has been shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger, and Text Publishing and the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituji O Aotearoa have announced the shortlist for the 2022 Michael Gifkins Prize.

In the UK, American writer Patricia Lockwood is the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize for No One is Talking About This (Bloomsbury); Indonesian writer Norman Erikson Pasaribu and his publisher Tilted Axis Press have won this year’s Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses; and UK publishing staff reported stress and burnout in a survey by the Bookseller. 

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Ahead of the curve: The popularity of sci-fi and fantasy x

The recent growth in science fiction and fantasy can be linked to a range of factors including TikTok, screen adaptations, demand for diverse characters and... Read more


Pip Harry on ‘August & Jones’ x

Inspired by the friendship between two real-life children in Victoria, Pip Harry’s latest middle-grade novel August & Jones (Lothian) is a heartwarming story about friendship... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Fremantle Press has sold Turkish language rights to The Last Bookshop (Emma Young) to Yeditepe Yayınları. Nonfiction Pantera Press has sold simplified Chinese rights... Read more


Curry memoir debuts at number one x

Top 10 bestsellers                         Lisa (Lisa Curry & Ellen Whinnett, HarperCollins) The Murder Rule (Dervla McTiernan, HarperCollins) The Bad Guys #15: Open Wide and Say... Read more


The All of It: A bogan rhapsody (Cadance Bell, Viking) x

Our lives are multiple, our stories of ourselves never-ending, and yet when it comes to being a transgender person, there is this idea that we... Read more


Women I Know (Katerina Gibson, Scribner) x

A solitary camper at a beach observes the families playing in the surf; a lonely woman laments her fractured relationship with her reclusive teenage son;... Read more


August & Jones (Pip Harry, Lothian)

Meet Jones and August: Jones’s family have had to sell their farm and relocate to Sydney because of the drought, while August’s quirky personality means... Read more


Rita's Revenge (Lian Tanner, A&U Children's) x

Rita’s Revenge is the companion book to Lian Tanner’s debut crime book A Clue for Clara (2020), and is set in the same small town... Read more


Willa & Woof (Jacqueline Harvey, Puffin) x

Jacqueline Harvey’s new series Willa and Woof follows a smart eight-year-old girl, Willa, and her ‘best four-legged friend’, Woof. In this first instalment, following in... 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

Culver appointed Griffith Review editor

Carody Culver, senior editor at Griffith Review since 2019, has been appointed editor of the literary journal, replacing Ashley Hay in the role. Culver begins... Read more

Simon & Schuster congratulates Anita Heiss & Chloe Wilson

Simon & Schuster Australia sends our warmest congratulations to our authors for their 2022 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

Anita Heiss for winning the Indigenous Writers’ Prize for Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray

Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray


Chloe Wilson for winning the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing for Hold Your Fire

Hold Your Fire


Coming of age novel Different for Boys by Patrick Ness has found a home with Walker Books

Walker Books are proud to announce the acquisition of Patrick Ness’ Different for Boys. The YA fiction novel that explores the importance of male friendships and romantic relationships.

First published in 2012 in Losing It, a YA anthology about losing your virginity, Different for Boys follows teenager Ant through those awkward space in between years as he tries to answer the big questions … Are there degrees of virginity? Is it different for boys? Is it different for boys who like boys?

Publisher Denise Johnstone-Burt acquired world English language rights for the title from Michelle Kass at Michelle Kass Associates, the updated version now includes black and white illustrations by artist Tea Bendix.

Different for Boys will publish in hardback globally in March 2023 with Walker Books in the UK, Walker Books Australia, and Walker US in the United States.


Hard Joy: life and writing

This compelling memoir of a life across seven decades circles between Australia and Europe, activism and seclusion, everyday life and the writing life, gender and... Read more



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