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16 June 2022


As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow

‘Zoulfa Katouh twines heartache with hope, rage with serenity, and sorrow with joy to create this masterful, raw and deeply human account of a young... Read more
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Opus acquisition of Ovato book printing unopposed by ACCC x

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has stated that it does not oppose the acquisition of Ovato Book Printing (formerly Griffin Press) by Opus... Read more


Scribble, Think+DO Tank Foundation announce inaugural Mirror Mentorship Program winners x

Scribe children’s imprint Scribble and the Think+DO Tank Foundation have announced the winners of the inaugural Mirror Mentorship Program, which provides support and mentoring ‘with... Read more
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Ozeki wins Women’s Prize for Fiction for ‘The Book of Form and Emptiness’ 

In the UK, Ruth Ozeki has won the £30,000 (A$52,120) Women’s Prize for Fiction for her fourth novel The Book of Form and Emptiness (Text), reports... Read more

ABIA, ABA awards winners, Affirm to launch national sales team, Hughes apologises for plagiarism in ‘The Dogs’   x

Affirm Press has announced the launch of its own national sales team which will be fully operational from January 2023, while the Australian Publishers Association (APA) has reported its members hold a ‘breadth’ of views on Opus Group’s proposed acquisition of Ovato Book Printing.

John Hughes has apologised for plagiarism in the 2022 Miles Franklin-longlisted novel The Dogs (Upswell) after the Guardian Australia reported ‘similarities and some identical sentences’ compared with the English translation of Svetlana Alexievich’s The Unwomanly Face of War.

The winners of the 2022 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) and the Australian Booksellers Association book and bookseller of the year awards have been announced, with Diana Reid’s debut novel Love & Virtue (Ultimo) winning ABIA book of the year and Booksellers’ Choice adult fiction book of the year.

Australian authors and industry figures, including Anita Heiss, Leah McIntosh, Sally Murphy and Corey Tutt, have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours; Penguin Random House Australia has named Annette Higgs as the winner of the 2022 Penguin Literary Prize for On a Bright Hillside in Paradise; Varuna has announced the 12 recipients of the 2022 Writer’s Space fellowships; and the APA has announced the winners of the 2022 George Robertson Award.

Overseas, Canada’s largest bookshop chain Indigo Books & Music has reported a 17.4% increase in sales. Costa Coffee has announced the end of the Costa Book Awards in the UK, and in the US, United Talent Agency has signed an agreement to acquire literary agency Curtis Brown for an undisclosed sum.

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ABA conference 2022: diversity, sustainability discussed—in person x

This year the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) conference was held in person for the first time since 2019, taking place 12–13 June at the Sheraton... Read more


BookUp 2022: Greening and gatekeeping x

The second annual BookUp conference, presented by the Australian Publishers Association (APA), was held in Sydney on Thursday, 9 June. ‘At least 180 people engaged... Read more


Sophie Cunningham on ‘This Devastating Fever’

This Devastating Fever (Ultimo, September) is Sophie Cunningham’s first novel in more than a decade. The novel interweaves the story of Leonard and Virginia Woolf and... Read more


Sophie Cunningham recommends x

I’ve just finished Bedtime Story by Chloe Hooper (S&S). It’s a beautiful book, about the act of story telling and about the traumas that sometimes... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Martin Shaw at Shaw Literary has sold US rights to Wall (Jen Craig) to Zerogram Press (see news). Children’s/YA Berbay Publishing has sold... Read more


‘Prison Healer’ finale debuts at number one x

Top 10 bestsellers                  The Blood Traitor (Lynette Noni, Penguin) Heartstopper Volume One (Alice Oseman, Hodder Children’s Books) The 10:10 Diet Recipe Book (Sarah Di Lorenzo,... Read more


This Devastating Fever (Sophie Cunningham, Ultimo)

Alice Fox has been struggling for years with her novel. Her agent, Sarah, has misgivings. Does anyone really want to read about Virginia Woolf’s husband,... Read more


Growing in to Autism (Sandra Thom-Jones, MUP) x

Sandra Thom-Jones had a successful life before she knew she had autism. Or, more specifically, before she had a diagnosis of autism. A well-respected researcher... Read more


Nimblefoot (Robert Drewe, Hamish Hamilton) x

In Nimblefoot, Robert Drewe imagines the second act in the life of Australian historical figure Johnny Day, an international star in the 19th-century sport of... Read more


The Only Child (Kayte Nunn, Hachette)

The Only Child is historical fiction-cum-murder mystery by Kayte Nunn. The novel follows two timelines and the reader is tasked with piecing together the connection... Read more


Our Dreaming (Kirli Saunders, illus by Dub Leffler, Scholastic) x

This isn’t the first time that Gunai writer, poet and activist Kirli Saunders and Bigambul illustrator Dub Leffler have created something incredible together. It’s no... Read more


The Book of Wondrous Possibilities (Deborah Abela, Puffin) x

The Book of Wondrous Possibilities starts with a bang and doesn’t let up. Arlo lives a quiet life with his uncle and pet mouse Herbert... Read more


The Cast Aways of Harewood Hall (Karen Herbert, Fremantle Press) x

On the picturesque grounds of Harewood Hall, a retirement village in Perth’s western suburbs, something is afoot. Actually, a variety of things are afoot, and... Read more


A Little Spark (Barry Jonsberg, A&U) x

A Little Spark is the latest middle-grade novel from author Barry Jonsberg. Known for his novels My Life as an Alphabet and A Song Only... 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

Wanigasekara joins Booktopia x

Pathum Wanigasekara has joined Booktopia as head of performance marketing, reporting to chief marketing officer Steffen Daleng.

The 2022 Tasmanian Literary Awards are now open for entry

The awards will include seven categories for both established and emerging writers based in Tasmania, with a total prize pool of $125 000. The awards celebrate excellence in the Tasmanian literary sector, raise the profile of Tasmanian authors and foster and support literary talent in our State. For full details, visit


Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) Book Supply packs 2023

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) will soon be asking publishers to submit titles to be considered for their 2023 Book Supply packs. ILF’s Book Supply program provides new, culturally relevant titles to remote Communities where access to books is scarce

Book Supply packs are carefully selected for different age groups:

  • Toddlers (0–3 yrs)
  • Kids (4–7 yrs)
  • Big Kids (8–12 yrs)
  • Community (13+)

In 2022, over 50% of books in the Book Supply packs feature a diversity of Indigenous authors and illustrators, providing vital representation and recognition for First Nations readers.

What types of books are we looking for?

  • Culturally appropriate books (specifically non-religious, and representative of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures, and histories)
  • Books created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors and illustrators
  • Board, cloth, touch and feel books
  • Picture books (mainly featuring animals or diversity in characters, settings, and illustrations)
  • Junior Fiction/YA (suitable for stage two and stage three readers)
  • Sporting themed books (mostly Aussie rules, rugby league and basketball)
  • Nonfiction books (such as animals, sciences, space, interesting facts, craft and cookbooks)

The ILF Book Supply review committee considers all books submitted against specific criteria co-developed by Communities and the ILF team, and those included in the packs are the ones that best fulfil these requirements.

To ensure you receive your email invitation with all the information you need on submitting titles, please contact or call ILF on 02 9280 0644 and ask for Brad.


Five Mile announces Melissa Leong’s ‘A Taste Adventure’ coming this September

Five Mile announces that it will be publishing A Taste of Adventure, a new children’s picture book, written by Melissa Leong, illustrated by Eleonora Arosio and Kitiya Palaskas. Publishing 15 September 2022.

Alexandra Maramenides, CEO of Five Mile said: ‘We are thrilled to be working with Melissa Leong and to be publishing her first book. A Taste Adventure is an absolute delight! It explores the diversity of tastes and global cuisines, encouraging children to be adventurous, savour each taste, and try new things. Melissa brings the joy of that journey to life for children, and we look forward to it inspiring them. Also, the illustrations by Eleonora and Kitiya are stunning.’

Melissa Leong said: ‘I am most excited to be working with Five Mile on my very first book, A Taste Adventure. Why a book for kids? Because the joy of discovering good food and new flavours is something that I cherish most from my childhood. Articulating the excitement of exploring food to our youngest humans has become a great joy of mine and I look forward to sharing and celebrating dishes from around the world, with them.’

About the creators

  • Author Melissa Leong is a TV host, food and travel writer, food media consultant, radio broadcaster, MC and cookbook editor. She is well known for her work as a television host on MasterChef Australia and her various fashion, food and lifestyle adventures on social media
  • Illustrator Eleonora Arosio is based in Melbourne and creates illustrations with bold colours, shapes and characters
  • Cover artist Kitiya Palaskas is an Australian craft-based designer who specialises in playful themes, bold colours and unique intricacies.

Publication date: 15 September 2022

RRP: $24.99 ISBN: 9781922677334

Hardback, 32pp, picture book

Melissa Leong Courtesy of MissusM Creative Management

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