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18 January 2023

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Books+Publishing is currently conducting its annual Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey online. We are accepting submissions... Read more
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Indie Book Awards 2023 shortlist announced x

Leading Edge Books has announced the shortlists for the 2023 Indie Book Awards. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction Limberlost (Robbie Arnott, Text)... Read more


BWF announces 2023 curators, Country of Focus

The Brisbane Writers Festival has announced the curators of its 2023 festival program. First Nations artist Daniel Browning, a descendent of the Bundjalung and Kullilli... Read more
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Enache shortlisted for Novel Prize

Fitzcarraldo Editions, Giramondo and New Directions have announced the shortlist for the Novel Prize, a biennial international award for a book-length work of literary fiction.... Read more

Latest AusCo funding, Freo Press restructure, Nielsen 2022 report x

The Australia Council has announced its latest round of funding, with the Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter program, and the Open Book internship program among the literature-related projects and activities; Fremantle Press has announced a restructure of its sales and marketing team, along with the retirement of customer service manager Cathy Szabo; and Nielsen’s 2022 report shows Australian book sales were up 7.2%.

In awards news, the winners of the 2023 Affirm Press Mentorship Award have been announced, along with the nine shortlisted writers for this year’s $20K Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship.

In the UK, independent bookshops reported an increase in Christmas sales, and Anthony Joseph has won the 2022 T S Eliot Prize for Sonnets for Albert (Bloomsbury).

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Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Affirm Press has sold large print rights for North America to The Dictionary of Lost Words (Pip Williams) to Thorndike Press. Jacinta di... Read more


Black’s YA fantasy ‘The Stolen Heir’ debuts at number 10 x

Top 10 bestsellers                                          It Starts with Us (Colleen Hoover, S&S) It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover, S&S) RecipeTin Eats: Dinner (Nagi Maehashi, Macmillan) Atomic Habits... Read more


Children of Tomorrow (J R Burgmann, Upswell) x

J R Burgmann’s debut novel is an intergenerational story that foresees a century of environmental devastation. We begin in the present day, when one of... Read more


Judgement Day (Mali Waugh, Macmillan) x

Mali Waugh’s debut novel opens with an omniscient narrator observing that there were no signs or omens that family court judge Kaye Bailey was to... Read more


One Illumined Thread (Sally Colin-James, Fourth Estate) x

Fans of Sarah Winman and Pip Williams will love Sally Colin-James’s debut novel One Illumined Thread, an intriguing story of three women separated by centuries... Read more


The Wakes (Dianne Yarwood, Hachette) x

When Clare’s husband tells her one night that he’s unhappy, she’s not sure what to do—but helping her new friend Louisa start a funeral catering... Read more


The Glow (Sofie Laguna, illus by Marc McBride, A&U Children's) x

The Song of Lewis Carmichael brought us the excellent pairing of author Sofie Laguna and illustrator Marc McBride. The Glow is their latest collaboration, a... Read more


Mama's Chickens (Michelle Worthington, illus by Nicky Johnston, EK Books) x

Mama doesn’t like chickens. But when she gets some of her own, they quickly develop a relationship of gentle camaraderie. Then Mama begins to forget... Read more


Vale Jim Molan

Australian politician, major general in the Australian army and author Jim Molan has died, aged 72. HarperCollins Australia & New Zealand CEO Jim Demetriou writes:... Read more

Vale Shirley Shackleton

Shirley Shackleton, author of The Circle of Silence: A personal testimony before, during and after Balibo (Murdoch Books), has died aged 91. Shackleton spent many... 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

Shand replaces Scott as chair of SWF board x

Kathy Shand has been appointed chair of Sydney Writers’ Festival. Shand has served nine years on the festival board, the last two as deputy chair.... Read more

Nominate for $10,000 maritime history prizes

Nominations are invited for the 2023 Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize of $8000 and the 2023 Community Maritime History Prize of $2000. The awards are co-sponsored by the Australian Association for Maritime History and the Australian National Maritime Museum. For details, conditions and entry forms, see or email




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