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16 August 2023

Byron Writers Festival 2023 at Bangalow Showground


Byron Writers Festival 'singing with joy' in new Bangalow venue x

The 2023 Byron Writers Festival, which ran from 11 to 13 August, was an ‘overwhelming success’ at its new Bangalow site, according to organisers. The... Read more
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New agents at Zeitgeist, Alex Adsett Literary; High Spot agent in Australia x

Freelance writer, book critic and editor Samuel Bernard, whose monthly ‘Notable Books’ column appears in The Weekend Australian, has joined Zeitgeist Agency. ‘It’s been fifteen... Read more

an author photo of Dr Tim Sharp, who is standing against a wall with his arms crossed, smiling at the camera


Pantera acquires Sharp nonfiction x

Pantera Press has acquired world rights to Lost and Found: How to wander your way to a better life, a new nonfiction book by Tim... Read more
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US bookshop sales up 7% in first half of 2023

In the US, bookshop sales grew 7% in the first six months of the year compared to the same period in 2022, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more

Byron Writers Festival receives $1 million pledge, 2023 NZ Book Awards for CYA, Ngaio Marsh Awards shortlist x

Byron Writers Festival has received a $1 million pledge from the Vasudhara Fund, to ‘contribute to the ongoing viability of the Festival and support the continued presentation of women writers and First Nations authors’; the Indigenous Literacy Foundation will showcase three bilingual children’s books in three different First Nations languages this Indigenous Literacy Day in September; and the Australian Short Story Festival is offering a new mentorship opportunity with Paul McVeigh for an emerging Australian writer.

In awards news, the 2023 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults were revealed late last week; the shortlists for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Awards for New Zealand crime, mystery or thriller writing have been announced; and Romance Writers of Australia has announced the winners of the 2023 Romantic Book of the Year (Ruby) awards.

Overseas, Publishers Weekly has reported that publishers Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House and Wiley, and the Internet Archive, have submitted a negotiated agreement for a judgement in the Hachette Book Group, et al, v. Internet Archive case; HarperCollins’ sales and profits were down in the 2023 fiscal year; and the Sharjah International Book Fair has announced two new awards for publishing rights professionals selling translation rights.

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Meet the Rising Stars 2023: Kajal Narayan x

The Australian Publishers Association Rising Star award recognises an emerging talent in Australian publishing who has spent less than 10 years in the industry. In the lead-up... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Affirm Press has sold Vietnamese rights to The Dictionary of Lost Words (Pip Williams) to Bookhunter. Nonfiction Black Inc. has sold traditional Chinese... Read more


Selwood’s memoir debuts at number two x

Top 10 bestsellers Fourth Wing (Rebecca Yarros, Hachette) Joel Selwood: All in (Joel Selwood, Hardie Grant) RecipeTin Eats: Dinner (Nagi Maehashi, Macmillan) Yellowface (Rebecca F... Read more


Edenglassie (Melissa Lucashenko, UQP) x

Melissa Lucashenko’s Edenglassie is a literary epic that skilfully weaves between the present day, where Grannie Eddie is looked after by her feisty granddaughter Winona and... Read more


Green Dot (Madeleine Gray, A&U) x

Madeline Gray’s debut novel, Green Dot, which has enjoyed a lot of pre-publication buzz, is a surprising read. With some superficial markers of the recently... Read more


Kinky History (Esmé Louise James, Pantera) x

Kinky History is based on the wildly popular TikTok account we all needed. Author Esmé Louise James (@esme.louisee) is a TikTok phenomenon with over 2.3... Read more


The Opposite of Success (Eleanor Elliott Thomas, Text) x

Arianna Huffington’s quote, ‘Failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success’, is the essence of Eleanor Elliott Thomas’s debut novel and likely... Read more


Zero Risk: Keeping others safe in a dangerous world (Tony Loughran, Echo) x

Tony Loughran’s memoir, Zero Risk, certainly lives up to his motto—‘I’d rather spend one year as a tiger than a hundred years as a sheep’.... Read more


A–Z of Who I Could Be (Chloe Dalton, A&U) x

A–Z of Who I Could Be showcases 26 Australian top-performing female and non-binary athletes across 26 different sports. Chloe Dalton presents us with the likes... Read more


Nikki Hind: Dressed for success (John Dickson, illus Chantel de Sousa, Berbay) x

Nikki Hind: Dressed for Success is part of Vision Australia’s Big Vision series that profiles Australian people living with blindness or low vision. It’s a... Read more


Unholy Terrors (Lyndall Clipstone, Penguin) x

Unholy Terrors is an alluring, gothic tale of forbidden love and shifting allegiances in a land of magic and monsters. Everline Blackthorn is not like... Read more


Vale Alf Taylor

The author and poet Alf Taylor, whose works include Singer Songwriter, Winds, Long time now, the NSW Premier’s award-shortlisted memoir God, the Devil and Me, and Cartwarra or... 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

Red Reflection

Audiobook now available—narrated by Australian/Austrian actor Chloe Schwank. Environmental fiction that takes you to an uncomfortable yet familiar world. Shocking, imaginative and achingly perceptive. Red... Read more



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