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14 September 2022


ILD 2022: An ‘infectious’ day of celebrating literacy

Last Wednesday, 7 September, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) celebrated its annual Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD) with a live event at the Sydney Opera House... Read more
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Sewankambo appointed HGCP head of marketing x

Yvonne Sewankambo has been appointed to the new role of head of marketing at Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing (HGCP). Sewankambo, who was previously the children’s... Read more


$100K Historical Novel Prize 2022 longlists announced

The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA), has announced the longlists for the 2022 ARA Historical Novel Prize. The titles longlisted in the adult category are:... Read more
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Ngaio Marsh Awards 2022 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Awards for New Zealand crime, mystery or thriller writing have been announced. The titles shortlisted in each category... Read more

EPAA, QLA, Age Book of the Year winners, Luff joins SWF x

The winners of this year’s Educational Publishing Awards and Queensland Literary Awards have been announced; Miles Allinson and Bernadette Brenann won the Age Book of the Year award in fiction and nonfiction respectively; and Nathan Luff has been appointed manager of the children’s and YA program at Sydney Writers’ Festival.

In other awards new, Shelley Parker-Chan’s debut She Who Became the Sun has won the Best New Writer category at the Hugo Awards for science fiction; Margaret Hickey has won the 2022 Danger Prize;  Michelle de Kretser is a finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Fiction; and Brendan Ritchie has won the Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.

Varuna has announced the recipients of its 2023 residential fellowships, and has partnered with Mascara Literary Review on a new residency program for First Nations and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse writers.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, Iona Winter has won the Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ)/New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Writers’ Award for her creative nonfiction project ‘A counter of moons’.

In the UK, Elodie Harper’s The Wolf Den received the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award, and the shortlist for the British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding has been revealed. In Italy, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair has announced it will open its current Agents’ Centre to include adult publishers.

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Recipe for life: Illustrated lifestyle post-lockdown x

In our latest genre spotlight Books+Publishing delves into illustrated lifestyle to find out if the gains made in the category have continued on after lockdown. Many... Read more


50 years of NLA Publishing x

This year marks the 50th anniversary of NLA Publishing. National Library of Australia (NLA) director-general Marie-Louise Ayres looks back on five decades of the NLA... Read more


Carey memoir debuts at number three x

Top 10 bestsellers                              The Ink Black Heart (Robert Galbraith, Sphere) Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens, Corsair)* The Girl Who Fell From the Sky... Read more


In Her Blood (Nikki Crutchley, HarperCollins) x

It’s been a long time since Jac Morgan was in her New Zealand hometown of Everly. She needed to be far away from her past... Read more


Going to Big School (Laura Sieveking, illus by Danielle McDonald, Scholastic) x

Appealing to a diverse readership, Going to Big School inhabits the viewpoints of two children, Ava and Jack, on their first day at school. With... Read more


Vale Jack Charles

Aboriginal Elder, actor, musician and author Jack Charles has died following a stroke, aged 79. Penguin Random House writes: ‘Uncle Jack Charles wore many hats... Read more

Vale Jerry Kalajian

Jerry Kalajian, film and TV rights manager at Intellectual Property Group (IPG) in Los Angeles and co-agent at Curtis Brown, has died. Curtis Brown writes:... 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 are now open for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards are held annually. They are the richest and longest running state-based literary awards in Australia and cover all genres of writing.

Entries for the 2023 Awards are now open. Please ensure you read the PDF icon Guidelines prior to entering.


For more information, please contact the senior project officer, awards.
Phone: +61 2 9273 1582

Entries for the 2023 Awards close 10 October.


Big billboards for an even bigger book: An unmissable Colleen Hoover campaign

Simon & Schuster Australia is excited to share details of our unmissable and innovative marketing campaign for Colleen Hoover.

Starting late September, the campaign will center on Hoover’s global phenomenon It Ends With Us before shifting focus to its highly-anticipated sequel It Starts With Us on October 18.

Running until December, this is Simon & Schuster Australia’s biggest ever marketing campaign. Hoover’s bestselling series will be featured everywhere from billboards in Sydney and Melbourne to shopping centre lightwalls nationwide.

We’re also installing a larger-than-life copy of It Starts With Us in Westfield Shopping Centres around Sydney in the weeks before publication. At more than two meters tall, our giant book will create buzz and introduce Hoover to a wider consumer base.

Complemented by digital advertising and promotion on Better Reading, impressions for this campaign are forecast to exceed 16 million.




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