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23 November 2022

Send us your Christmas closing dates

To be included in Books+Publishing’s annual list of publishers’ and distributors’ trade closing dates for the holiday period, please complete our Christmas closing dates survey... Read more
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Woollahra Digital Literary Award 2022 winners

The winners of the 2022 Woollahra Digital Literary Awards have been announced. The winners in each category are: Fiction ($2500) ‘The Golden Bracelet’ (Deniz Agraz, Meniscus... Read more


Pettit, Hawkins to join Affirm sales team x

Affirm Press has announced the appointment of Priscilla Pettit and Christopher Hawkins as key account managers for NSW/ACT. Pettit has spent three years with Dymocks... Read more
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Blake-Beckett Trust Scholarship 2022 shortlist announced

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the 2022 Blake-Beckett Trust Scholarship shortlist. The shortlisted applicants, chosen by authors Shankari Chandran and Jennifer Mills,... Read more


ACT Writers Centre re-launches as Marion x

The ACT Writers Centre has re-launched as Marion, with the tagline ‘elevating writers and their art’. The new name is ‘a tipped hat to two... Read more
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HarperCollins acquires Grant's 'The Queen is Dead' x

HarperCollins Australia has acquired ANZ rights to The Queen is Dead, a new work of nonfiction from Stan Grant, in a deal brokered by Tara... Read more

‘Barefoot Kids’ breaks records, BookPeople reps of the year, Falconer wins Nib Award x

This week, Scott Pape’s new financial guide for children, Barefoot Kids, debuted at number one on the Australian bestsellers chart, breaking several records along the way. Sales were propelled by Booktopia, which, in partnership with HarperCollins, launched an exclusive pre-sale period where the book was solely available for consumers to buy via the online retailer. During this period, according to Booktopia, Barefoot Kids sold more than 120,000 copies through the Booktopia website, with Booktopia achieving a market share of more than 93% for first week Nielsen BookScan results.

In bookselling, BookPeople has awarded its 2022 Reps of the Year to Leanne Crammond (NSW) and Gavin Burbidge (Vic) and announced next year’s conference and trade exhibition will be held in Adelaide, while QBD revealed the chain’s 2022 Books of the Year.

In other awards news this week, Signs and Wonders by Delia Falconer took out the $20,000 Nib Literary Award and Bronwyn Adcock won the 2022 Walkley Book Award for Currowan. Anneliz Marie Erese was named the winner of the final Deborah Cass Prize, while the recipients of National Trust WA’s Inspire residencies were announced.

In the US, Penguin Random House parent company Bertelsmann won’t appeal the US court’s decision to block its acquisition of Simon & Schuster, and the 2022 National Book Awards winners were announced. In the UK, TikTok Shop has launched a new books category to enable users to buy titles from partner organisations.



Books on parade: 2023 children’s and young adult preview x

From crowd favourites to debut authors, next year brings an exciting list of titles for children and young adult readers, with books on climate change,... Read more


Christmas predictions 2023: Amplify Bookstore x

In the lead-up to Christmas, the busiest time of year on the bookselling calendar, Books+Publishing is asking booksellers across the country to predict their biggest sellers and... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales  Fiction Black Inc. has sold world English-language rights (ex ANZ) to One Hundred Days (Alice Pung) to HarperVia, in a deal made by Black... Read more


Bestsellers: 'Barefoot Kids' debuts at number one, smashes records x

According to Nielsen BookScan, Scott Pape’s Barefoot Kids, his financial guide for children, has become the fastest selling book by an Australian author since BookScan... Read more


Crows Nest (Nikki Mottram, UQP)

Crows Nest is the absorbing debut crime thriller by Nikki Mottram. Following the breakdown of her marriage, social worker Dana Gibson takes a job interstate,... Read more


The Good Death Through Time (Caitlin Mahar, MUP) x

Historian Caitlin Mahar’s The Good Death Through Time joins previous works exploring euthanasia—see, for example, Assisted by Stefanie Green—but it is unique in its approach to the story. Mahar’s... Read more


A Man of Honour (Simon Smith, Echo) x

When debut novelist Simon Smith was a child he was told, ‘Someone in our family shot a prince.’ That man was Henry James O’Farrell, whose... Read more


Easy Peasy (Ky Garvey, illus by Amy Calautti, EK Books) x

When Ruby is given a pair of fabulous sparkly red roller skates for her birthday, she expects to be able to skate, equally fabulously, immediately—easy... Read more


Running with Ivan (Suzanne Leal, HarperCollins) x

Having previously won the Nib People’s Choice Prize for her historical adult novel The Deceptions, Suzanne Leal tackles a similar era in her first book... Read more


Two Can Play That Game (Leanne Yong, A&U Children's) x

Leanne Yong’s debut Two Can Play That Game is a joyful and fun addition to the growing Asian-Australian Own Voices YA movement, joining the likes... 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

Cunningham joins Copyright Agency board x

The Copyright Agency has announced the appointment of Sophie Cunningham to its board as one of two Australian Society of Authors (ASA) nominee directors, taking... Read more

Derricourt steps down from Benchmark Survey role x

Robin Derricourt has stepped down from his role compiling the Australian Publishing Association’s Australian Publishing Industry Report, also known as the Benchmark Survey, after 11... Read more

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Tales from the Pandemic: an anthology

Tales from the Pandemic is a collection of stories written by everyday people going about their everyday lives—but things are far from normal in a... Read more



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