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28 June 2023



In the one tumultuous day, Ch’anzu loses hir job and finds wife Scarlet in bed with a stranger. As life unexpectedly spirals out of control,... Read more
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Byron Writers Festival full 2023 program announced

Byron Writers Festival (BWF) has announced the full line-up for its 2023 event, which runs 11–13 August. The festival program includes more than 120 writers... Read more


Moulton to leave Magabala x

Magabala Books CEO Anna Moulton will leave her position at the publisher in September. ‘Moulton has provided exceptional leadership of Magabala Books for almost 10... Read more
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Jamaican author McPherson wins Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Jamaican writer Kwame McPherson has been named the overall winner of the 2023 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for his story ‘Ocoee’. ‘Oocee’ interweaves Caribbean folklore... Read more

Audiences return to Sydney and NT festivals, WA Prem's award winners, BookPeople committee change

Sydney Writers’ Festival audiences returned to this year’s festival as a live event in larger than expected numbers, while NT Writers saw a box office record for its festival in Mparntwe/Alice Springs.

The winners of the 2023 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards have been announced, and the shortlists for the 2023 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards have been announced.

BookPeople, formerly the Australian Booksellers Association, has announced changes to its board. Australia Reads has announced a joint research project with the University of Melbourne, to investigate ‘the ways Australian authors connect with communities through live literature events—from author talks to workshops, performances and school visits’.

In the UK, the Publishers Association’s Year in Publishing Report for 2022 showed the export market was a ‘huge’ factor in last year’s industry growth, with an 8% rise in exports. The winners of the Yoto Carnegie medals for writing and illustration for children and young people have been announced. Simon & Schuster has received a buyout bid from investor Richard Hurowitz, with backing from Abu Dhabi sovereign investor Mubadala Investment Company.

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Christmas 2023 all wrapped up: Local nonfiction x

Books+Publishing rounds up Australian publishers’ top local nonfiction titles releasing in time for Christmas 2023.  Politics and culture Two books for those ready to read about... Read more


Gabbie Stroud on 'The Things That Matter Most' x

Gabbie Stroud is a self-professed ‘recovering teacher’ and author of the bestselling Teacher (2018, A&U) based in Merimbula, NSW. Her new adult novel, The Things That... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction Black Inc. has sold UK/Commonwealth rights to Sex: Two Billion Years of Procreation and Recreation by David Baker (Black Inc.) to Old Street... Read more


Voice to Parliament guide reaches number one x

Top 10 Bestsellers The Voice to Parliament Handbook (Thomas Mayo & Kerry O’Brien, HG Explore) RecipeTin Eats: Dinner (Nagi Maehashi, Macmillan) Fourth Wing (Rebecca Yarros,... Read more


At The Foot Of The Cherry Tree (Alli Parker, HarperCollins) x

At the Foot of the Cherry Tree is an impressive debut novel from screenwriter Alli Parker and is inspired by the true story of her... Read more


Back Up (Liam Mannix, NewSouth) x

Back Up, written by Walkley and Eureka award-winning science journalist Liam Mannix, exposes the appalling practices pervasive in the enormous industries set up to deal... Read more


Prehistoric Joy (Andrew Sneddon, UQP) x

In Prehistoric Joy, archaeologist Andrew Sneddon applies his knowledge of prehistorical cultures to his past, specifically the years when his mother was in a relationship... Read more


The Things That Matter Most (Gabbie Stroud, A&U) x

Gabbie Stroud’s first adult novel The Things That Matter Most packs a powerful emotional punch. Stroud is no stranger to the book industry, having previously... Read more


Australian Backyard Birds (Myke Mollard, Woodslane) x

Myke Mollard invites readers to experience the birdscape of Australia as he showcases over 150 birds, their habits and lifestyles in Australian Backyard Birds. The... Read more


Ghost Book (Remy Lai, A&U Children's) x

July Chen sees ghosts, but because her dad doesn’t believe in them, she pretends otherwise. Except during Hungry Ghost Month, when dangerous ghosts run amok.... Read more


Nature's Song (Robert Vescio, New Frontier) x

In Nature’s Song, a girl hunts for the perfect treasure for her little brother, who is stuck at home with a broken leg. She sets... Read more


Violet Kelly & the Jade Owl (Fiona Britton, A&U) x

Fiona Britton’s debut crime novel, Violet Kelly and the Jade Owl, offers readers a glimpse into 1930s Sydney—from a peek behind the curtain of the... Read more


We're Moving Away (Nina Nill, Bright Light) x

Nina Nill is an Australia-based artist and illustrator who has amassed a large Instagram following for her digital art. We’re Moving Away is her first picture... 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

Tomlinson joins Rockpool x

Hayley Tomlinson has joined Rockpool as rights manager, after leaving the position of rights and contracts manager at University of Queensland Press.

BookUp early bird tickets closing soon

Don’t miss your chance to pay early bird prices for the Australian Publishers Association’s BookUp Conference at the State Library Victoria in Melbourne on 16 August 2023.

Join your colleagues in trade and educational publishing as the industry comes together for BookUp. This year’s program explores urgent issues facing Australian publishers, from developments in AI, workplace culture and innovation, and book pricing in a time of inflation, to practical sessions on publishing First Nations voices and integrating metadata into your workflow.

The conference will conclude with networking drinks at the Fringe Common Rooms and the announcement of the Publishing Industry’s Rising Star award and Educational Publishing Awards Australia shortlist.

Early bird tickets close on 7 July. Book your tickets here.




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