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26 October 2022


Hedley appointed HarperCollins NZ publishing director x

HarperCollins New Zealand has announced the promotion of Alex Hedley to publishing director, reports the Publishers Association of New Zealand. Hedly joined the New Zealand... Read more
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McGaughey wins 2021 Nakata Brophy prize

Jasmin McGaughey has won the 2021 Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for ‘Sweet Anticipation’. McGaughey receives $5000 and a three-month writing residence at... Read more


'People Who Lunch' sells to Little, Brown Spark x

Talia Krohn at Little, Brown Spark has acquired world English language rights (ex ANZ) to People Who Lunch: Essays on work, leisure & loose living by... Read more
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Hachette acquires Jones’s ‘Cool Water’ x

Hachette has acquired world rights to literary novel Cool Water by Myfanwy Jones, in a deal negotiated by Jacinta di Mase Management. Following the story... Read more

MWF moves to May, Historical Novel Prize winners, Tasmanian Literary Awards longlists x

Melbourne Writers Festival announced it will be moving from September to May next year; Tom Keneally and Katrina Nannestad won the 2022 Historical Novel Prize in the adult and CYA categories respectively; and the longlists for the 2022 Tasmanian Literary Awards were revealed this week.

In other awards news, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards have added a new children’s book award worth $25,000; Janet McCalman’s Vandemonians won the Victorian Premier’s History Award; and the shortlist for the inaugural Australian Political Book of the Year Award was announced.

Molly Schmidt took out the 2022 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award for her manuscript Salt River Road, and comics journalist Sam Wallman was awarded the Centre for Stories Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli Fellowship.

Meanwhile, educational publishers have responded to a new Grattan Institute report, criticising its recommendation that governments should consider buying school curriculum materials from overseas.

The finalists for the 2022 Cundill History Prize were announced, and Frankfurt Book Fair opened its first full-scale fair in three years, with around 90,000 visitors attending over the fair’s official trade days.

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Reflections from an Open Book intern: Maya Hodge

The Open Book: Australian Publishing Internship is a six-month internship program aimed at increasing cultural diversity in the Australian publishing workforce. Maya Hodge was this year’s... Read more


Rights round-up x

Fiction Jacinta di Mase Management has sold world Korean-language rights to Every Version of You (Grace Chan, Affirm) to Korean Studies Information Co. Ltd. (KSI),... Read more


'RecipeTin Eats' sets debut-week record x

In bestsellers this week, RecipeTin Eats: Dinner, the first book by Sydney-based cook and creator of the RecipeTin Eats blog, Nagi Maeshashi, debuted at number one.... Read more


A Man and His Pride (Luke Rutledge, Michael Joseph) x

In Luke Rutledge’s A Man and His Pride, 26-year-old Sean Preston navigates the realities of being in his 20s—work, relationships, sexuality, mental health—against the backdrop... Read more


Compulsion (Kate Scott, Hamish Hamilton) x

Lucy is a music journalist with a penchant for 80s party dresses, long, languorous walks, and throwing decadent dinner parties for her friends. Robin is... Read more


Who Cares? Life on welfare in Australia (Eve Vincent, MUP) x

What is it like to live on welfare in Australia today? In Who Cares? researcher Eve Vincent endeavours to answer this question, with a special... Read more


Read the latest Publishers Weeekly 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

Torney appointed Wheeler Centre chair

Kate Torney has been appointed chair of the Wheeler Centre board. She takes on the board leadership from former chair Julie Ligeti.

Thomas appointed IPEd membership director

The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) has appointed Vanaja Thomas as membership director, effective from 4 October 2022.

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Fourth Estate acquire debut novel from bestselling author Jennette McCurdy in a two-book deal

Fourth Estate have acquired the debut novel and a new work of nonfiction from bestselling author Jennette McCurdy.

McCurdy is the author of internationally bestselling phenomenon I’m Glad My Mom Died, which was a New York Times number one bestseller for eight consecutive weeks. The novel will be McCurdy’s debut work of fiction.

Fourth Estate editorial director, Katie Bowden said: ‘Jennette McCurdy is one of the most exciting new voices in literature today, and her brilliant memoir has deservedly taken the world by storm. Jennette’s fiction is every bit as thrilling as her non-fiction. We are so incredibly proud to be welcoming Jennette to Fourth Estate and we can’t wait for everyone to discover this new work from an electrifying talent.’

New York Times Bestselling author Jennette McCurdy has been showcasing her multitude of talents for over 20 years, with more than 100 credits under her belt between film and TV. Most recently, Jennette has chronicled the unflinching details surrounding her life and rise to fame in her newly released memoir I’m Glad My Mom Died. An inspiring story of resilience and independence, it sees Jennette use candour and dark humour as she dives into her struggles as a former child actor—including eating disorders, addiction, and a complicated relationship with her overbearing mother—and how she retook control of her life.

In addition to her impressive acting resume, Jennette is an accomplished creator. Her darkly comedic one-woman show ‘I’m Glad My Mom Died’, which she wrote, directed, and starred in, had a sold out run at Lyric Hyperion Theatre. Jennette has been at the forefront of writing and directing The McCurdys, Strong Independent Women, and Kenny, which was the featured Short of the Week at the Florida Film Festival, as well as being nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film. Her work has also been published in the Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, and The Hollywood Reporter.

Jennette is currently developing a feature film, which will be written and directed by her. She has been honoured as part of the 2022 TIME100 Next list, a compilation of emerging leaders from around the world who are shaping the future and defining the next generation of leadership.

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