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3 August 2022


Epic Hikes of Australia and New Zealand

Explore the most thrilling trails of Australia and New Zealand. Win one of 10 copies! Lace up your hiking boots for the next in Lonely... Read more
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Weir, Henderson launch Bold Type Agency x

Former Penguin Random House (PRH) senior rights manager Nerrilee Weir and former Simon & Schuster (S&S) publishing director Fiona Henderson have announced the creation of... Read more


Pantera announces Public Holiday Swap initiative x

Pantera Press has announced a new Public Holiday Swap initiative that gives permanent employees the option to work on a public holiday and take a... Read more
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Age Book of the Year, Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize shortlists, Mossop joins SWF x

The shortlists for the Age Book of the Year 2022, which this year includes a nonfiction category, and the Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize have been announced, while the longlist for the $20,000 Nib Literary Award has also been announced.

Ann Mossop has been appointed the new artistic director of the Sydney Writers Festival, replacing Michael Williams, who announced earlier this year the 2022 festival would be his last; and at the 2022 Aotearoa Book Trade Industry Awards Unity Books was named New Zealand Bookshop of the Year, while booksellers David and Jenny Hedley received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

In the UK, Hachette reports its sales were up 1.5% in the first half of 2022, and the shortlist for the Goldsboro Glass Bell Award has been announced. In France, media company Vivendi has announced it will sell France’s second-largest publisher Editis after Vivendi’s planned acquisition of Hachette Livre parent company Lagardère.



Untapped no more: heritage literature back in print x

Launched in November 2020, Untapped: The Australian Literary Heritage Project began as a collaboration between authors, libraries and researchers to bring out-of-print Australian books back... Read more
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‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ trilogy enters top 10 x

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


Bohemian Negligence (Bertie Blackman, A&U, October) x

Bertie Blackman is an artist and ARIA Award–winning musician whose storytelling is as beautiful as the drawings scattered throughout her memoir. Bohemian Negligence is told... Read more


The Careless State (Mark Considine, MUP, October) x

The Careless State is a timely and forensic examination of the failures of the Australian government’s provision of social services. The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed—particularly... Read more


Her Death Was Also Water (Allen C Jones, MidnightSun, November) x

Seven people, an open boat, a flood. I’m not sure if they’re supposed to be archetypes, but they’re uncomfortably familiar. The men: a widowed South-Asian... Read more


Dusty in the Outwilds (Rhiannon Williams, HGCP, October) x

Dusty, real name Willa Dust, might just be the most intuitive, smart and brave 12-year-old you’ll ever get caught up in an extraordinary adventure with.... Read more


Off to the Market (Alice Oehr, Scribble, October) x

Off to the Market is a celebration of markets and healthy, whole foods. Graphic artist Alice Oehr showcases her skills in her debut narrative nonfiction... Read more


Vale Archie Roach

Indigenous Australian singer, songwriter, activist and storyteller Archie Roach has died, aged 66. Born in Mooroopna, Victoria, Roach was a child of the Stolen Generations,... Read more


Vale David Ireland

Novelist David Ireland has died, aged 94. The author of 10 novels, beginning with The Chantic Bird in 1968, Ireland won the Miles Franklin Literary... 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

Upswell distribution of specific titles

In 2022, some of Upswell’s titles are only available directly from publisher with standard terms. These include the poetry titles Clean (Scott-Patrick Mitchell), languish (Marion Campbell), Ringed by Language. And Yet (Justy Phillips), Staging a Revolution: When Betty Rocked the Pram (Kath Kenny) and Object Coach (Tom Lee). Contact Terri-ann at


August in Kabul: America’s Last Days in Afghanistan

As night fell on 15 August 2021, the Taliban entered Kabul capital of Afghanistan. After a 20-year conflict with the United States, its Western allies... Read more

The Brothers

When Special Forces veteran Jake Harlow returns to the hamlet of Lorne on the Victorian south-west coast for his younger brother Tom’s funeral, he finds... Read more



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