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20 July 2022


Summers leaves Hardie Grant x

Hardie Grant Books publisher Arwen Summers has left the role after five years at the company. Summers said in a LinkedIn post she was ‘in need... Read more
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T S Bookshop urges board to rethink closure x

Customers and supporters of the T S Bookshop in Melbourne have launched a petition in response to the planned closure of the store by... Read more


A&U acquires Lim middle-grade novel x

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired ANZ, Oceania and non-exclusive Asia rights to a new middle-grade novel by Rebecca Lim, Two Sparrowhawks in a Lonely... Read more
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Affirm acquires two Robinson novels x

Affirm Press has acquired world rights to two new novels by Alice Robinson. The first title, Blueshifts, is a literary/speculative fiction novel set both 100... Read more

HarperCollins US staff to go on one-day strike

In the US, unionised employees of HarperCollins will hold a one-day strike on Wednesday, July 20, reports Publishers Weekly. UAW Local 2110, a union for... Read more
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Nash to step down from Booktopia executive role, National Biography Award shortlist, Sidnam wins 2022 Michael Gifkins Prize x

The board of Booktopia Group has given founder and CEO Tony Nash notice to step away from executive management, appointing current CFO Geoff Stalley as interim CEO.

The State Library of NSW has announced the shortlist for the National Biography Award, and Jantiena Batt has been named the 2022 Reading Australia Fellow for Teachers of English Literacy by the Copyright Agency.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, Wellington-based poet and student Emma Sidnam has been awarded the 2022 Michael Gifkins Prize for her manuscript ‘Backwaters’, and the finalists for the 2022 Publishers Association of New Zealand Book Design Awards have been announced.

In the UK, the 2022 Orwell Prizes was awarded to Sally Hayden for Political Writing and Claire Keegan for Political Fiction.



Meet ABA Children’s Bookseller of the Year Becky Lucas x

Becky Lucas is the owner of Shakespeare’s Bookshop in Blackwood, in the Adelaide foothills. Named 2022 ABA Children’s Bookseller of the Year, Lucas has a... Read more


Bookshop tour: Scorpio Books, Christchurch x

Established nearly 50 years ago, Scorpio Books is the biggest bookshop in the South Island of Aoteoroa New Zealand, and is considered an institution by... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales  Nonfiction Exisle Publishing has sold Polish and Portuguese rights in Brazil to The Happiness Trap (2nd edition) (Russ Harris). Children’s/YA Allen & Unwin Children’s... Read more


New Wolf Girl debuts at number one x

Top 10 bestsellers Wolf Girl 7: Crash Course (Anh Do, A&U) Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens, Corsair) Pig the Rebel (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic) Lying... Read more


Humanity’s Moment: A climate scientist's case for hope (Joëlle Gergis, Black Inc., September) x

‘In a single lifetime, humans have become a force of nature,’ Joëlle Gergis reminds us in Humanity’s Moment. As a climate scientist and lead author... Read more


A Kind of Magic (Anna Spargo-Ryan, Ultimo, October) x

It’s still quite something to read a book that speaks the truth about mental health. A Kind of Magic is Anna Spargo-Ryan’s epic, relentlessly honest... Read more


Limberlost (Robbie Arnott, Text, October) x

Fifteen-year-old Ned helps his father and sister on the family orchard while his brothers are away at war. Seeking escape from his sister’s worry and... Read more


Moon Sugar (Angela Meyer, Transit Lounge, October) x

Mila—40, single, childless—is used to attending to the needs and wants of others. Her own wants, particularly her sexual desires, have always come second. Kyle,... Read more


Charlie’s Whale (Libby Gleeson, illus by Hannah Sommerville, Lothian, October) x

Distinguished writer Libby Gleeson and CBCA-shortlisted illustrator Hannah Sommerville have successfully collaborated on Charlie’s Whale, a picture book that is destined for awards, and for... Read more


A Girl Called Corpse (Reece Carter, A&U, October) x

Reece Carter—who previously brought us The Garden Apothecary—has turned his hand to prose for his debut middle-grade novel A Girl Called Corpse. Corpse is a... Read more


The Grizzled Grist Does Not Exist (Juliette MacIver, illus by Sarah Davis, Gecko Press, October) x

Following the international success of That’s Not a Hippopotamus, linguist Juliette MacIver returns with The Grizzled Grist Does Not Exist, an irresistible, rhyming rollick through... Read more


Unnecessary Drama (Nina Kenwood, Text, October) x

Things are going well for Brooke. Fresh out of high school and going straight into university, she is determined to reinvent herself from the nerdy... 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

Help Me, Mumma

Baby elephant Willy gets stuck in the mud while swimming in the river, as do many members of his family, but an ancient relative comes... Read more



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