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25 May 2022


SWF: 2022 festival wraps up with change of government x

This year’s Sydney Writers Festival (SWF), the final for outgoing artistic director Michael Williams, has all but wrapped up, having run from 16 to 22... Read more
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Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards 2022 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2022 Chief Minister’s NT Book Awards, which celebrate excellence in writing across the Northern Territory, have been announced. The shortlisted titles... Read more


Mason wins fiction book of the year at 2022 British Book Awards

Sydney-based Aotearoa New Zealand writer Meg Mason has won the 2022 British Book Award for fiction book of the year for her second novel Sorrow... Read more
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Solomun to wind up The Rights Hive x

Natasha Solomun, who founded The Rights Hive agency in 2017, has announced the business will cease operating at the end of June. Solumun, who has... Read more


Lui acquires first three books for Joan imprint x

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has announced the first three titles to be published under its new Nakkiah Lui-curated Joan imprint, acquiring ANZ rights to debuts... Read more
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Spufford wins £10k Encore Award for ‘Light Perpetual’

In the UK, Francis Spufford has won the £10,000 (A$17,630) Royal Society of Literature (RSL) Encore Award, presented annually to the best second novel of... Read more

Miles Franklin 2022 longlist, Commonwealth Short Story Prize Pacific winner, ABIA 2022 shortlists x

This week, the longlist for the 2022 Miles Franklin Literary Award was revealed. Simon & Schuster Australia has appointed Ace Mamun as marketing and publicity director, replacing Anabel Pandiella; the Indigenous Literacy Foundation has named Aboriginal artist and adjunct professor Wayne Quilliam as its new ambassador; and Schwartz Media has announced the appointment of Michael Williams as editor of The Monthly.

Pinerolo, the Children’s Book Cottage will cease running its publications and programs after 12 years, following the retirement of founder Margaret Hamilton; and the NT Writers Festival, which runs from 23–26 June, has announced its 2022 program under the theme ‘balarr | catching the light’, as well as a new travel subsidy scheme for non-Darwin residents.

In other awards news, Lucy Mackintosh and Janet McCalman jointly won the 2022 Ernest Scott Prize for History; Fijian writer Mary Rokonadravu won the 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize in the Pacific category, and the shortlists for the Australian Book Industry Awards were announced.

In the UK, ebook purchases dropped to their lowest point since 2012, and London Book Fair director Andy Ventris is expected to leave his role in the European summer. The shortlists for the 2022 Orwell Prizes have been announced, and French author Alice Zeniter’s The Art of Losing (trans by Frank Wynne) has won the Dublin Literary Award.

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Meet the ABDA Emerging Designers of the Year: George Saad x

In the lead-up to the 70th Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) Awards, Books+Publishing spoke to the two shortlisted nominees for Emerging Designer of the Year. In this... Read more


Claire G Coleman on ‘Enclave’

Described by reviewer Stefan Brazulaitis as Brave New World for the smartphone generation, Enclave (Hachette, July), Claire G Coleman’s third novel, centres on a young woman who... Read more


Claire G Coleman recommends x

It’s not the last book I have read and loved but whenever I think of this question I am again struck by how much I... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Children’s/YA Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing has sold Spanish and Catalan rights to Naughty Dragons Fire Up! (Natalie Jane Prior, illus by Simon Howe), and Icelandic... Read more


‘The Murder Rule’ reaches number one x

Top 10 bestsellers The Murder Rule (Dervla McTiernan, HarperCollins) Heartstopper Volume One (Alice Oseman, Hodder Children’s Books) The World’s Worst Pets (David Walliams, HarperCollins) Bad... Read more


Enclave (Claire G Coleman, Hachette)

Born of social media algorithms and convenience culture, with a biting critique of modern tribalism, Enclave, Claire G Coleman’s third novel, is Brave New World... Read more


Grounded (Alisa Bryce, Text) x

Considering that we are such very clever land-based mammals it’s puzzling how little most of us know about soil—upon which we live, from which we... Read more


Hydra (Adriane Howell, Transit Lounge) x

Adriane Howell’s debut novel Hydra is unsettling and dreamlike. In its folds, the strange and unflinching Anja becomes the reader’s friend—because we’re privy to her... Read more


The Unbelieved (Vikki Petraitis, A&U) x

Having already collected Allen & Unwin’s in-house crime fiction prize, The Unbelieved is set to launch with a splash as Vikki Petraitis gathers her considerable... Read more


The Shop Train (Josie Wowolla Boyle, illus by Paul Seden, Magabala) x

With The Shop Train, the late Josie Wowolla Boyle offers a small memory-sketch of the days when the Tea and Sugar train travelled weekly across... Read more


Wild Bush Days (Penny Harrison, illus by Virginia Gray, MidnightSun) x

Wild Bush Days is an illustrated account of two young explorers who go on a journey to find the hiding spot of infamous female outlaw... Read more


Vale Caroline Jones

Broadcaster, television journalist and writer Caroline Jones has died, aged 84. Jones, who presented the ABC radio program The Search for Meaning, authored several books... 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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