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19 October 2022

Bookshops in Shepparton, Echuca, Kyneton closed due to floods

Collins Booksellers in Shepparton and Echuca, Victoria, have announced these stores will be closed until further notice due to flooding in the region. ‘We had... Read more
 
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Walkley Book Award longlist announced

The longlist for this year’s Walkley Book Award has been announced. The nine longlisted titles are: Currowan (Bronwyn Adcock, Black Inc.) QAnon and On (Van... Read more
 

 

Ping’s ‘The Poison of Polygamy’ adapted for stage x

Wong Shee Ping’s novel The Poison of Polygamy (translated by Ely Finch, Sydney University Press) has been adapted for stage in a joint production with... Read more
 
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HarperCollins US staff vote to strike

Representatives for unionised HarperCollins US employees will go on strike on 7 November, reports Publishers Weekly. Employees have been negotiating for 11 months for a... Read more
 

Ultimo to establish imprint in UK, Fair Work approves Readings EBA, FNPOC Count reports 'severe under representation' x

Hardie Grant and Ultimo Press have announced managing director James Kellow will set up the imprint in the UK next year; the Fair Work Commission has approved the enterprise bargaining agreement negotiated between Readings and the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union on behalf of staff at the bookselling chain; the First Nations and People of Colour Count has revealed a ‘severe under representation of First Nations writers and Writers of Colour within Australian literature’; and Garigal/Walkeloa writer Ellen O’Brien has been appointed editor-in-residence at the Faber Writing Academy.

In awards news, Anne Greenwood has won the 2022 Varuna-NEWC Fellowship; Elisa Chenoweth’s queer YA novel Maria Petranelli is Prepared for Anything (except this) has won the 2022 Ampersand Prize; Jane Tanner is the winner of the 2022 Albert Ullin Award; and the recipients of the latest round of the Neilma Sidney Travel Fund have been announced.

In the UK, Sri Lankan writer Shehan Karunatilaka has won the 2022 Booker Prize for The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida (Sort Of Books), and the shortlist for the 2022 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry has been announced. Meanwhile in the US, HarperCollins has laid off a small number of employees due to slowing industry sales and rising costs.

 
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What does the future look like for bookselling? x

As the Australian Booksellers Association rebrands to BookPeople and prepares to re-launch its national vouchers scheme, CEO Robbie Egan says the industry is ‘criminally under-using... Read more
 

 

The numbers boggle: an Australian in New York x

Agent Danielle Binks of Jacinta di Mase Management recently visited New York as part of the Australia Council’s New York Publishers’ Program. Here, she shares... Read more
 

 

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction Exisle Publishing has sold Polish rights to Mindfulness for Life: The updated guide to today’s world (Craig Hassed & Stephen McKenzie).  Major Street... Read more
 

 

'The Tilt' debuts at number four x

Top 10 bestsellers Exiles (Jane Harper, Macmillan) The Bad Guys #16: Others?! (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic) The 156-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan) The Tilt... Read more
 

 

Headland (John Byrnes, A&U) x

It’s a well-worn storyline for Australian crime fiction: a detective arrives in a small town only to discover that danger lurks beneath quaint country manners;... Read more
 

 

The Last Love Note (Emma Grey, Michael Joseph) x

Recently widowed, Kate Whittaker is trying her hardest to navigate the grief of losing her husband, Cam, while also being a single mother to their... Read more
 

 

The Matchmaker (Saman Shad, Viking) x

Playing cupid for the Sydney Pakistani community is Saima Khan in The Matchmaker. Pairing lovers is second nature for Saima until the handsome, young white-collar... Read more
 

 

Vale Carmen Callil

Carmen Callil, author, publisher and founder of Virago, has died in London, aged 84. Callil’s agent Peter Straus writes: ‘It is with great sadness that... Read more
 

 

Vale John Nieuwenhuizen

Translator John Nieuwenhuizen has died, aged 87. Eva Mills from Allen & Unwin writes:  ‘John Nieuwenhuizen was one of Australia’s most acclaimed translators of Dutch... 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
 

Black Inc. backs 'The Successor' with reprint ahead of publication

Thanks to an impressive sell-in and significant media interest, Black Inc. is pre-emptively reprinting another 10k of Paddy Manning’s highly anticipated biography of Lachlan Murdoch, The Successor, bringing its total print run to 30k. Publisher Chris Feik says, ‘Many thanks to the booksellers of Australia for seeing the potential of The Successor! We guarantee a gripping read.’

The Successor is the first major biography of Lachlan Murdoch, and is an epic saga of ruthless power plays and family battles. Monica Attard says, ‘Who Lachlan Murdoch is, how he thinks and what he does with his power is vital to Australian democracy. Paddy Manning has it all covered. If the writers of Succession read this book, they’ll be in work for years to come.’

Be sure to get your orders (and re-orders) in for this hot Christmas title. Trade orders can be placed through your UBD account, with ISBN 9781760642365. The Successor will be released on 1 November.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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