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14 June 2023

Former Hill of Content employee files federal court suit x

A former employee of the Hill of Content Bookshop has filed a claim against the employer in the federal circuit court, alleging that her dismissal... Read more
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Dymocks opens Eastgate Bondi Junction store x

Bookstore chain Dymocks opened has opened a new franchise store at the Eastgate Bondi Junction shopping centre in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Franchise owners Bill Wang... Read more

Gilbert withdraws Russian-set novel from publication

US author Elizabeth Gilbert is pulling her novel The Snow Forest from publication, in response to a backlash from Ukrainian readers unhappy about the book... Read more
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King's Birthday Honours; Vogel shortlist; Vivendi acquisition approved x

Booksellers and authors were among those recognised in the 2023 King’s Birthday Honours; the shortlist for the Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award 2023 has been announced; the Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced this year’s BookUp Conference will take place on 16 August at State Library of Victoria in Melbourne; and the APA, along with other organisations representing creators, has contacted the government to express concerns about the risks generative AI presents to rights holders.

The Byron Writers Festival has announced local authors Grace Tame, Richard Fidler, Nakkiah Lui, Pip Williams, and Marele Day as first guests for its August festival, alongside Hungry Ghosts author Kevin Jared Hosein; Elizabeth and John: The Macarthurs of Elizabeth Farm (Alan Atkinson, NewSouth) and Te Motunui Epa (Rachel Buchanan [Taranaki, Te Ātiawa], Bridget Williams Books) have jointly won the 2023 Ernest Scott Prize for History; Varuna, the National Writers’ House has announced the recipients of its First Nations Fellowships for 2023; and the latest round of the Creative Victoria Creators Fund has been announced.

In international news, the European Commission has approved French media company Vivendi’s acquisition of Hachette parent company Lagardère; the actor and author Paterson Joseph has won the Royal Society of Literature Christopher Bland Prize for The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho (Dialogue); while in the US, total publishing industry sales rose 3.2% in the first quarter of 2023 compared to the same period last year.



The APA on a new 'clean and modern' TitlePage and future potential x

The APA’s Titlepage and supply chain manager Cat Colwell spoke to Books+Publishing about some recent changes to book pricing and availability service TitlePage, as well as its... Read more
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Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Melanie Ostell has sold world English (ex ANZ) and French rights to Michelle Prak’s debut thriller The Rush (S&S) on behalf of the author. French... Read more


Bookbinder tops 100K sales x

The Bookbinder of Jericho (Pip Williams, Affirm) remains in the top 10 at number five this week, having sold more than 100,000 print copies in... Read more


But the Girl (Jessica Zhan Mei Yu, Vintage) x

Set in the ‘undecided and hazy spring’ when MAS370 disappeared, Jessica Zhan Mei Yu’s debut novel But the Girl transports us to London, where an... Read more


The Caretaker (Gabriel Bergmoser, HarperCollins) x

Gabriel Bergmoser’s The Hunted and its series follow-up, The Inheritance, has earned the award-winning playwright and bestselling author a reputation for writing savage and compelling... Read more


Carnage (Mark Dapin, S&S) x

Having just completed a book on criminals, author Mark Dapin wasn’t looking to write another. When he received a phone call from Jack Karlson, a... Read more


The Sitter (Angela O'Keeffe, UQP) x

There is a sentence halfway through Angela O’Keeffe’s second novel, The Sitter, that says: ‘A character, when they enter a story, must be willing to... Read more


The Shrinking Nation (Graeme Truner, UQP) x

Few would disagree that the Australian cultural and political landscape has undergone a seismic shift since the Howard era. In his new book, Graeme Turner... Read more


Twelve Steps to a Long and Fulfilling Death (Sarah Smith, Ultimo) x

Few books are narrated by their murder victim, but Stacey, who has just died in a car crash in sunny Los Angeles, is determined to... Read more


Follow the Rainbow (Juliet M Sampson, Ford St) x

Follow the Rainbow is Juliet M Sampson’s latest picture book, set against beautifully coloured illustrations by Anne Ryan. Ruby is daydreaming with her best friend... Read more


Granbad (Penny Tangey, UQP) x

Grandad is a rebel who breaks so many rules the family call him ‘Granbad’. He gives his grandchild lollies instead of healthy food, reads stories... Read more


Hello Twigs, How Are You Feeling? (Andrew McDonald, HGCP) x

Author Andrew McDonald and illustrator Ben Wood, who together have earned fame with the Real Pigeons series, have branched out with a new early reader... Read more


Nothing Alike (Zewlan Moor, Bright Light) x

Nothing Alike, a picture book by Zewlan Moor and illustrated by Peter Cheong, is impressive on many levels. The clean, playful and dynamic illustrations and... Read more


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