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21 September 2022


Booktopia directors resign x

Four Booktopia directors, including chair Chris Beare, have announced their resignation from the company’s board. Fiona Pak-Poy, Judy Slatyer and Beare will resign from the... Read more
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Ryckmans steps down at CWF

Canberra Writers Festival (CWF) has announced artistic director Jeanne Ryckmans is stepping down from the role. Ryckmans, who was appointed to the role in late... Read more


Kembrey to step down at UNSW x

NewSouth Books sales and marketing manager Jane Kembrey has announced her retirement after 25 years at UNSW Press, having started with the organisation in 1997.... Read more
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City of Fremantle Hungerford Award 2022 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2022 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award has been announced. The shortlisted manuscripts are: ‘The Slow Patience of the Sea & other... Read more


Pantera acquires Colley fiction debut in two-book deal x

Pantera Press has acquired world rights for debut novel The Next Big Thing by writer and comedian James Colley through Creative Representation, in a two-book... Read more
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Spotify US unveils audiobook catalogue

In the US, audio streaming platform Spotify has unveiled its catalogue of 300,000 audiobook titles, reports the Bookseller. Audiobooks on Spotify will sit alongside the... Read more

Riwoe, Beudel awarded CA author fellowships, ADS adds Toll, new residency for children's authors x

Mirandi Riwoe and Saskia Beudel are the recipients of this year’s Copyright Agency author fellowships; Melbourne Writers Festival, which took place over four days earlier this month, has reported this year’s box office was ‘comparable’ to previous years when the event ran across 10 days; Alliance Distribution Services has added Toll as a delivery partner alongside its existing freight partner XL Express in preparation for the Christmas period; and Deakin University and the Copyright Agency have created a new residency for children’s authors, worth $20,000.

Jacqueline Bublitz’s debut novel Before You Knew My Name (A&U) took home both the Best Novel and Best First Novel prizes at the 2022 Ngaio Marsh Awards; the winners of the Environment Award for Children’s Literature and Karajia Award were announced, as were the winners of the 2022 NT Literary Awards and the ACT Book of the Year shortlist.

In the UK, Joseph Namara Hollis has won the Klaus Flugge Prize for his picture book Pierre’s New Hair (Tate Publishing).



Why we need more Indigenous editors

Publishing needs more Indigenous editors, but cannot rely solely on its Indigenous workforce to ensure it catches up on effective practices in relation to Indigenous... Read more


Reflections from an Open Book intern: Bohdi Byles

The Open Book: Australian Publishing Internship is a six-month internship program aimed to increase cultural diversity in the Australian publishing workforce. Bohdi Byles was this year’s... Read more


Books in the media this weekend, 24–25 September x

A round-up of the books being reviewed and mentioned in key media this coming weekend. This weekly feature is usually published each Friday in the... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Sally Bird at Calidris Literacy Agency has sold world rights to Without Question (Evelyn Cronk, 2023) to US publisher Level Best Books (see news).... Read more


New Treehouse book debuts at number one x

Top 10 bestsellers                  The 156-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan) Fairy Tale (Stephen King, Hodder & Stoughton) Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens,... Read more


Minds Went Walking: Paul Kelly’s songs reimagined (curated by Jock Serong, Mark Smith & Neil A White, Fremantle Press) x

Minds Went Walking is a collection of responses to the work of singer-songwriter Paul Kelly. Curated by Jock Serong, Mark Smith and Neil A White,... Read more


Nice and Slow (Sarah Ayoub, illus by Mimi Purnell, HarperCollins) x

With the soothing sensation of a lullaby, Nice and Slow lulls its young audience into a peaceful state of mindfulness, joy and creativity, while encapsulating... Read more

Vale Hilary Linstead

Agent Hilary Linstead, who represented writers for stage, screen and publication, died on 6 August 2022 at the age of 83. Author Louis Nowra 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



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