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27 July 2022


The Sirens Sing

From award-winning writer Kristel Thornell, The Sirens Sing is a portrait of Australian longing. It explores desire, how it haunts and shapes us, and how,... Read more
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MWF full program announced

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has announced its full 2022 program, which runs 8–11 September, and features over 150 events. The festival makes its return to... Read more


APA, ABA children's publishing conference returns x

The program for the Australian Publishers Association (APA) Children’s Publishing Conference, held in conjunction with the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA), has been announced. ‘Between the... Read more
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Kenwood’s ‘Unnecessary Drama’ sells to US x

Text has sold North American rights to Nina Kenwood’s second YA novel Unnecessary Drama to Sarah Barley at Flatiron Books, in a deal brokered by... Read more

Booker Prize 2022 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2022 Booker Prize has been announced. The 13 books longlisted for the £50,000 (A$86,650) prize are: Glory (NoViolet Bulawayo, Viking) Trust... Read more
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Down wins Miles Franklin, Henderson joins Hachette, Kennedy wins 2022 Furphy Literary Award x

Jennifer Down has won the 2022 Miles Franklin Literary Award for her second novel Bodies of Light; Hachette Australia has appointed Scott Henderson as senior nonfiction publisher, starting 1 September; Ultimo Press is set to launch six fiction titles in the UK in late 2022; and Jane Harper’s The Survivors is the most borrowed title from libraries for the second year running, according to this year’s Civica Libraries Index.

Cate Kennedy is the winner of the 2022 Furphy Literary Award for her short story ‘Art and Life’, chosen from a shortlist of 16; Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the shortlist for the 2022 Davitt Awards; and reviews, residences and publications are among the 20 initiatives to receive support in the latest round of funding from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

In the US, the bid by the Department of Justice to block Penguin Random House’s acquisition of Simon & Schuster will be heard in court on 1 August, and Scholastic has reported a 26% increase in revenue for the year ending 31 May. Meanwhile, in the first half of 2022, German book sales were up just 0.7% year-on-year by value, while book sales in China have dropped in a 13.8% year-on-year decline.



WFH easier but more than half stressed, burnt out: Book industry survey 2022 x

In July 2022 Books+Publishing (B+P) surveyed over 300 people about their employment in the Australian book industry, following up on similar surveys in 2013 and... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Children’s/YA Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing has sold Czech rights to We Who Hunt the Hollow (Kate Murray), and Spanish and Catalan rights to School... Read more


'Crawdads’ reaches number one following film release x

Top 10 bestsellers      Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens, Corsair)* Wolf Girl #7: Crash Course (Anh Do, A&U Children’s) The Summer I Turned Pretty (Jenny... Read more


The Branded (Jo Riccioni, Pantera Press, October) x

Twins Nara and Osha are Pure—unmarked by the plague that ravaged their continent. Behind the walls of the isolated citadel of Isfalk, the course of... Read more


The Seven Skins of Esther Wilding (Holly Ringland, Fourth Estate, October) x

Esther Wilding grows up in the shadow of her older sister Aura. When the once-sparkling Aura returns from Copenhagen hollowed out by life, and walks... Read more


The Tower (Carol Lefevre, Spinifex Press, October) x

The Tower follows Carol Lefevre’s well-received 2021 Christina Stead Prize–shortlisted novella Murmurations. Set in Australia and England, The Tower is exquisitely sophisticated in imagery and... Read more


The Dangerous Business of Being Trilby Moffat (Kate Temple, Lothian, October) x

Kate Temple—one half of the powerhouse duo that brought us such gems as Bin Chicken, Yours Truly, Alice Toolie, and the Underdogs series—breaks out on... Read more


Runt (Craig Silvey, A&U Children's, October) x

Nobody knows where Runt came from, but everybody knows he’ll only listen to Annie. Annie’s instinct is to fix everything, and Runt’s is to follow... Read more


Tulips for Breakfast (Catherine Bauer, Ford Street, October) x

Tulips for Breakfast follows teenager Lena, who has settled into her new life in a Dutch town after she and her parents fled Germany as... 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

Mai Tai Two Times

EDDIE HEADS is a professional liar. A daydreamer. A writer of bogus articles for a dodgy travel journal. But that’s all over after the magazine... Read more



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