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6 July 2022

B+P employment survey 2022

Books+Publishing‘s 2022 employment surveys will close at midnight, Friday, 15 July. If you are currently employed by a company in the book industry (e.g. publisher, bookshop, rights agency),... Read more
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Hachette acquires Dunn debut novel

Hachette Australia has acquired world rights to Dirt Poor Islanders, the debut novel by Winnie Dunn. Dirt Poor Islanders explores growing up in a blended... Read more

HarperCollins US union authorises strike

Unionised employees of HarperCollins US have voted to authorise a strike if the publisher does not agree to a fair contract, reports Publishers Weekly. UAW... Read more
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New York Publishers’ Program recipients, Jackson wins ALS Gold Medal, Ned Kelly Awards shortlists x

The Australia Council has announced the rights sellers, literary agents and publishers to take part in the 2022 New York Publishers’ Program, as well as the recipients of the Translation Fund for Literature. Meanwhile, Canberra Writers Festival announced the full program for its 2022 event, which will run 10–14 August.

In awards news, Andy Jackson’s poetry collection Human Looking (Giramondo) has won the 2022 Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, and Corrie Hosking was named the winner of the inaugural Deep Creek Residency Fellowship established by Matilda Bookshop in the Adelaide Hills. The shortlist for the 2022 Ned Kelly Awards, and the longlist for the 2022 Margaret and Colin Roderick Literary Award, were also announced this week.

In the UK, Maddie Mortimer won the Desmond Elliot Prize for a first-time novelist, and the winners of the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards were announced. In France, publishers reported that sales were down 6% year-on-year for the first half of 2022.



Books yule love: 2022 Christmas children’s and young adult x

Books+Publishing rounds up Australian publishers’ top local children’s and young adult titles releasing in time for Christmas 2022. Picture books Readers young and old will delight... Read more
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Life after Trump: Political books now x

While the Australian federal election (and the Morrison government) is now behind us and Trump titles no longer dominate the category, books that explain the... Read more


Meet ABA Bookseller of the Year Melanie Peacock x

Born and bred on Sydney’s north shore, winner of the 2022 Australian Booksellers Association Bookseller of the Year Melanie Peacock cannot walk past a bookshop... Read more


Melanie La’Brooy on ‘The Wintrish Girl’ x

Melanie La’Brooy’s The Wintrish Girl (UQP) is the first book in her ‘Talismans of Fate’ fantasy trilogy for middle-grade readers. Featuring magical creatures and new... Read more


Melanie La’Brooy recommends x

Somehow I made it through most of my life without ever reading a single book by Sir Terry Pratchett. It wasn’t until my teenage son... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction Black Inc. has sold simplified Chinese rights to The Shortest History of the World (David Baker) to China Science and Technology Press Co.... Read more


‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ enters top 10 following small screen debut x

Top 10 bestsellers It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover, S&S) Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens, Corsair) Dirt Town (Hayley Scrivenor, Macmillan) Bluey: Bluey and... Read more


A Message for Nasty (Roderick Fry, Awa Press, September) x

Roderick Fry’s debut novel is the harrowing wartime story of a family fighting to reunite amid the destruction of the Second World War. The plot... Read more


People Who Lunch: Essays on work, leisure & loose living (Sally Olds, Upswell, September) x

People Who Lunch is the much-anticipated first book by Melbourne-based writer Sally Olds. Known among a devoted coterie of fans for her long-form standalone essays,... Read more


A Question of Age (Jacinta Parsons, ABC Books, September) x

Jacinta Parsons wanted to get under the skin of ageing. What is it? And can we prepare ourselves for it, even before we have arrived... Read more


Itty Bitty Kitty (Maddy Mara, Affirm, September) x

Maddy Mara is the pseudonym for publishing powerhouses Hilary Rogers and Meredith Badger, who have between them worked across industry roles from illustration to acquisitions.... Read more


My Deadly Boots (Carl Merrison and Hakea Hustler, illus by Samantha Campbell, Lothian, September) x

This is the story of a pair of fantastically bright footy boots which may or may not be the source of a young Indigenous boy’s... Read more


The Tree at Number 43 (Jess McGeachin, Puffin, September) x

Jess McGeachin has fast established himself as an exciting and skilled creator of picture books, drawing on his work at Melbourne Museum to celebrate the... Read more


The Wintrish Girl (Melanie La'Brooy, UQP, September) x

Melanie La’Brooy’s The Wintrish Girl is an exciting middle-grade fantasy debut. Penn is an outsider in the strict world of Aralyia, a slave to the... 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

Entries open 11 July for Australian Business Book Awards

The 2022 Smart WFM Australian Business Book Awards (ABBAs) are back for their fourth year. The ABBAs were established to recognise entrepreneurs, businesspeople and business owners who have written and published a book demonstrating their skill, knowledge and experience in their industry or area of expertise.

Previous winners and finalists have received publicity, speaking engagements, industry recognition and sales due to their books being in the awards, and as one winner puts it: ‘If you have achieved as much and come as far as publishing a book, think about taking the next step and putting it ‘out there’. The Australian Business Book Awards is a great place to start. You might surprise yourself!’

The awards are open to books published in the Australian market between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.

Any profits from the awards are donated to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Entries open on 11 July. For more information click here.


The Angry Women’s Choir

Freycinet Barnes has built herself the perfect existence. With beautiful children, a successful husband and a well-ordered schedule, it’s a life so full she simply... Read more

Daughters of Durga

In the early 2010s a spate of domestic violence-related murders in the Victorian Indian community compelled psychiatrist Manjula Datta O’Connor to investigate the causes of... Read more



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