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8 June 2022

WBN published Thursday next week

Due to the Queen’s Birthday public holiday on Monday, 13 June, the Weekly Book Newsletter will be published on Thursday, 16 June next week. The... Read more
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Neilma Sidney Travel Fund 2022 recipients announced

Writers Victoria has announced the seventh round of recipients for the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund, which has opened up to international travel again after... Read more


Text Prize 2022 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, worth $10,000, has been announced. The shortlisted manuscripts are: ‘Bellamy Jones and the... Read more
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US audiobooks grow by double digits for 10th straight year

The US audiobook market recorded its 10th straight year of double-digit growth in 2021, with data from the Audio Publishers Association (APA) showing the market... Read more

ABDA 2022 winners, ALS Gold Medal shortlist, KYD announces anthology contributors x

In news from the past week, the winners of this year’s Australian Book Design Awards have been announced, along with the shortlists for the 2022 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, ALS Gold Medal and Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction. Kill Your Darlings has also announced the contributors to New Australian Fiction 2022.

Overseas, overall book sales have dipped in the first four months of 2022 in Italy, while the country’s bricks-and-mortar bookshops have regained some of the market share lost due to the pandemic. In the UK, the shortlist for the 2022 Desmond Elliott Prize for best first novel from the UK and Ireland has been announced.

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Open Book intern Bohdi Byles on cracking open the book industry

The Open Book: Australian Publishing Internship is a six-month internship program aimed to increase cultural diversity in the Australian publishing workforce. This year’s pilot program... Read more


Grace Heifetz: insights from the Open Book pilot program

The inaugural Open Book internship program received over 200 applications, with two successful applicants undertaking paid six-month internships this year, each with three different publishers... Read more


Meet the ABIA Rising Stars 2022: Mika Tabata x

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Rising Star of the Year is awarded to an emerging talent in Australian publishing who has spent less than... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction Black Inc. has sold simplified Chinese rights to The Big Four: The curious past and perilous future of the global accounting monopoly (Stuart Kells &... Read more


‘Heartstopper’ series secures overall top four spots x

Top 10 bestsellers                  Heartstopper Volume One (Alice Oseman, Hodder Children’s Books) Heartstopper Volume Two (Alice Oseman, Hodder Children’s Books) Heartstopper Volume Three (Alice Oseman, Hodder... Read more


Electric and Mad and Brave (Tom Pitts, Picador, August) x

In Tom Pitts’ debut novel, 28-year-old Matt slogs through painful memories while living in a mental health facility. The story of why he is unwell... Read more


Her Fidelity (Katharine Pollock, Vintage, August) x

Cathy works at a revered Brisbane record store full of indie snobs and turntable pedants. But now their days of rock royalty are gone as... Read more


Mr Carver's Whale (Lyn Hughes, Fourth Estate, August) x

On the volcanic island of Pico in the Azores, a young and crippled Antonio Mateus João Carvalho Cabral is delivered a sea chest of books.... Read more


A Recipe for Family (Tori Haschka, S&S, August) x

A Recipe For Family is food writer Tori Haschka’s second novel. It brims with beautiful descriptions of food and the role that it plays in... Read more


Ella and the Useless Day (Meg McKinlay, illus by Karen Blair, Walker, August) x

Turning trash into treasure and cleaning into fun! The joys of sorting through useless household hoarding combined with the value of re-using, recycling and upcycling... Read more


The Hidden Girl (Louise Bassett, Walker, August) x

In Louise Bassett’s debut novel The Hidden Girl Melati Nelson has precariously performed the ‘good girl’ act for a year at her new school, trying... Read more


Ninni Yabini (Cheryl Kickett-Tucker, illus by Tyrown Waigana, Fremantle Press, August) x

Ninni Yabini is a new picture book collaboration between author, research academic and community development practitioner Cheryl Kickett-Tucker and multidisciplinary artist and graphic designer Tyrown... 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

Lindop joins Jenny Darling & Associates

Anyez Lindop, most recently brand, marketing and partnerships manager for Australia Reads, has joined literary agency Jenny Darling & Associates as creative strategist. See classified.

Anyez Lindop joins Jenny Darling & Associates as creative strategist

Jenny Darling & Associates has engaged book industry communications and marketing professional Anyez Lindop as a creative strategist. In this newly created role Anyez will collaborate with Jenny Darling on pursuing opportunities for the agency and its clients across all aspects of content creation, strategic marketing, communications, publicity and talent management. Anyez can be reached on




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