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7 December 2022

Trade Christmas closing dates 2022

Books+Publishing has collated company closing dates for the Christmas and New Year holiday period (see table below). The Books+Publishing office will close on Wednesday, 14... Read more
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New category added to WA Prem's awards

The Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards has added a new category for the 2023 awards. The Premier’s Prize for Book of the Year Award, worth... Read more


Ultimo acquires Knight memoir

Ultimo Press has acquired world rights to the memoir Strange Little Girl by Melbourne-based writer, performer and zine maker Jess Knight. Described by the publisher... Read more
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A&U, Voices from the Intersection mentorship recipients announced

Allen & Unwin (A&U) and Voices from the Intersection have announced the recipients of their partnership mentorship program for emerging children’s and YA own voices... Read more


Miller wins FT Book of the Year for ‘Chip War’

In the UK, Chip War: The Fight for the world’s most critical technology (Chris Miller, S&S) has won the 2022 Financial Times (FT) Book of the Year Award.... Read more
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Gilliatt joins LBL, latest Copyright Agency funding, Booktopia appoints new chair, sells stake in Welbeck ANZ x

In moves, former Allen & Unwin publishing director Tom Gilliatt has joined Left Bank Literary as an agent and Booktopia has appointed Retail Food Group executive chairmen Peter George as chair, replacing Chris Beare. The online bookseller has also recently sold its stake in Welbeck ANZ for $1.5 million.

The Copyright Agency has announced the recipients of its latest round of Cultural Fund funding, including awarding Jessica Au and Tiffany Tsao with Create Grants, worth $25,000, and the creation of a new writing fellowship for young writers. Sorrento Writers Festival has established a new writing prize worth $5000; UQP has announced the launch of a First Nations Classic series, with the first instalment featuring eight titles to be published in June 2023; while, Fin J Ross has won first prize in the 2022 Scarlet Stiletto Awards.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, Hachette has launched Moa Press, and the winners of the 2022 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Literary Achievement have been revealed.

In the UK, Hachette has acquired independent Welbeck Publishing Group, and Waterstones has named The Story of Art Without Men (Katy Hessel, Hutchinson Heinemann) its Book of the Year. In the US, more than 150 literary agents have pledged not to submit new work to HarperCollins US in support of striking workers, and  Tiya Miles’s All That She Carried (Random House) has won the 2022 Cundill History Prize.



Rich encounters: Terri-ann White on the Sharjah International Book Fair x

Each year the Sharjah International Book Fair brings publishing professionals to the United Arab Emirates through its fellowship program. Terri-ann White of Upswell Publishing, who... Read more


Credit for the edit? x

Should editors come out from behind the curtain? Alice Grundy ponders the benefits of a more visible role for publishing’s ‘invisible menders’. Having worked in... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales  Children’s/YA Scholastic Australia has licensed Slovenian and Arabic rights to The Bad Guys Episode 1, Episode 2: Mission unpluckable and Episode 3: The furball... Read more


‘RecipeTin Eats: Dinner’ back at number one x

Top 10 bestsellers RecipeTin Eats: Dinner (Nagi Maehashi, Macmillan) Guinness World Records 2023 (Guinness World Records) Barefoot Kids (Scott Pape, HarperCollins) It Starts with Us (Colleen Hoover, S&S)... Read more


Resistance (Jacinta Halloran, Text) x

Resistance is the fourth novel by the award-winning author of Dissection and Pilgrimage, Jacinta Halloran. Narrated by family therapist Nina, it follows the Agostino family,... Read more


A Routine Infidelity (Elizabeth Coleman, Pantera)

Small-time private investigator Edwina ‘Ted’ Bristol spends her days serving court documents and exposing cheating spouses, but she longs for the dangerous and exciting kind... Read more


Shirley (Ronnie Scott, Hamish Hamilton) x

Ronnie Scott’s second novel marks the beginning of a great remembering—in which artists reflect on the summer of 2019-20, a summer that we previously thought... Read more


Tanya Plibersek: On her own terms (Margaret Simons, Black Inc.) x

Swept unexpectedly at only 28 into the safe seat of Sydney, Tanya Plibersek was the golden girl at the heart of Labor politics when the... Read more


Viking Women: Life and lore (Lisa Hannett, Thames & Hudson) x

Literature academic and speculative fiction author Lisa Hannett has written an evocative account of the varied lives of women during the Viking era. Hannett uses... Read more


The Hotel Witch (Jessica Miller, Text) x

With a cast of larger-than-life characters that almost pop off the page, The Hotel Witch is the wonderfully imaginative new adventure from Jessica Miller, who... Read more


Tiny Tradies (Tami Sussman, illus by Tom Jellett, Affirm Press) x

Tami Sussman and evergreen illustrator Tom Jellett perfectly execute their ingenious idea of comparing toddlers and tradespeople in Tiny Tradies. The picture book begins at... Read more


Sea Glass (Rebecca Fraser, Wombat Books) x

Rebecca Fraser is a vibrant voice in Australian junior fiction. Her novel Sea Glass is the beautifully executed story of 11-year-old Cailin, a pre-teen who... Read more


Vale Antigone Kefala x

Sydney writer Antigone Kefala has died, aged 92. According to Neos Kosmos, Kefala was born in the Greek diaspora settlement Brăila, Romania in 1935, and... 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

Petrulis to retire from Cengage x

Paul Petrulis will retire from Cengage ANZ and his role as vice president of higher education at the end of December 2022. Marius du Plessis... Read more

Your next book designer and proofreader

Are you having trouble finding enough staff to keep your project workflows operating smoothly? Amanda Greenslade is available to typeset and proofread your books.

A graphic designer since 2004 and a professional editor since 2008, Amanda has helped writers and publishers to launch over 600 titles.


African Graffiti

From Madagascar to the Congo through Comoros and Botswana. African Graffiti tells a story of self-discovery as well as finding a home in the unknown.... Read more

Miss Unity and the Sparkly Dragon Enter the Staircase of Light

Miss Unity loves to go on adventures, so she wakes Sparkly Dragon. Today, Miss Unity wants to learn more about angel signs and numbers. Sparkly... Read more



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