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23 August 2023

Readings Children's Book Prize 2023 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2023 Readings Children’s Book Prize has been announced. This year’s six shortlisted books are: The Bookseller’s Apprentice (Amelia Mellor, Affirm) The... Read more
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Free trade agreement to extend NZ copyright term x

A new free trade agreement (FTA) between the government of Aotearoa New Zealand and the European Union (EU), expected to come into force in 2024,... Read more

A black-and-white author photo of Zoe Terakes. They have their hands on their head and are looking into the camera.


Hachette acquires Terakes short story collection x

Hachette Australia has acquired world rights to a debut short story collection from Australian actor Zoe Terakes, to be titled Eros: Queer myths for lovers.... Read more
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US market sales up 1.2% in first half of 2023

According to the Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) latest StatShot report, the US publishing industry’s revenues were up 1.2% in the first half of 2023,... Read more

Redundancies at PRHNZ, CBCA Awards, Langshaw named 2023 Rising Star x

Fiction publisher Harriet Allan is among three redundancies of senior staff announced at Penguin Random House New Zealand, according to; Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has announced its full 2023 line-up, featuring more than 10 Australian and New Zealand speakers; and the Big Issue fiction edition has returned, featuring 12 stories, including eight from emerging writers. Meanwhile, at the APA’s BookUp conference last Wednesday, Pantera commissioning editor Tom Langshaw was named the 2023 Rising Star, and the 2023 shortlist for the Educational Publishing Awards was revealed.

In other awards news, the CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2023 winners were announced, and Jenny Stubbs has received the 2023 CBCA Nan Chauncy Award. Victorian writer Rowan Heath won the 2023 Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, and shortlists were announced for the Margaret and Colin Roderick Literary Award and the Kill Your Darlings Creative Nonfiction Essay Prize.

In the UK, Ned Beauman has won the 2023 Arthur C Clarke award for Venomous Lumpsucker (Sceptre); while recipients of the inaugural TikTok Book Awards have also been revealed, with Bolu Babalola’s Honey & Spice (Headline Review) winning the Book of the Year prize. Meanwhile, in Germany, books are the most popular product for new cultural voucher program KulturPass.

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Celebrating imperfections and connections at BookUp 2023 x

The annual BookUp conference for 2023, presented by the Australian Publishers Association (APA), was held at the State Library Victoria, Melbourne, on Wednesday 16 August, with... Read more


Giselle Clarkson on 'The Observologist' x

Giselle Clarkson is an illustrator and comic artist based in Greytown, Aotearoa New Zealand, and is best known for her nonfiction comics on conservation and... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction/poetry Giramondo has sold Spanish language rights to Last Letter to a Reader (Gerald Murnane) to Gris Tormenta for publication in Latin America, and... Read more


Ringland's 2018 novel climbs bestsellers with series adaptation launch x

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


Gunflower (Laura Jean McKay, Scribe) x

Laura Jean McKay’s Gunflower is a vivid and tantalising short story collection where animals are as seamlessly anthropomorphised as humans are animalised. McKay asks readers to suspend... Read more


Home to Biloela (Priya Nadesalingam with Rebekah Holt, A&U) x

Raw and poignant, Priya Nadesalingam’s Home to Biloela is a personal account of what became a national campaign to bring one family home. It provides an intimate... Read more


The Rust Red Land (Robyn Bishop, Spinifex) x

Set in country New South Wales beginning in 1890, The Rust Red Land follows Matilda as she comes of age through to the 1930s. She does all that... Read more


Unfinished Woman (Robyn Davidson, Bloomsbury) x

Robyn Davidson is perhaps best known for her novel Tracks and has a writing career spanning over 40 years. Her latest, Unfinished Woman, is a nomadic memoir that... Read more


Giinagay Gaagal, Hello Ocean (Melissa Greenwood, ABC) x

With Giinagay Gaagal, Hello Ocean, Gumbaynggirr artist Melissa Greenwood, from the NSW region known as Coffs Harbour, once again gifts us with a beautiful ode... Read more


The Observologist (Giselle Clarkson, Gecko) x

An observologist is someone who makes scientific expeditions every day and notices interesting details in the world around them. This is the first thing we learn... Read more


What to Do When You're Not Sure What to Do (Davina Bell, illus Hilary Jean Tapper, Lothian) x

‘Some things need careful hands … It’s always good to ask first … Remember to look up! And look down.’ These are some of the little... 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

Entries close for the Australian Business Book Awards on 25 August 2023

Entries for the 2023 Australian Business Book Awards close this Friday 25th August.

The awards recognise entrepreneurs, businesspeople and business owners who have written and published a book demonstrating their skill, knowledge and experience in their industry or area of expertise. The awards also support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

For more information or to enter visit


William Collins of the 80s get-together

A get-together for those who worked at William Collins in the 1980s at the Pyrmont, Birkenhead Point and Clarence Street offices is planned.

Venue is The Strawberry Hills Hotel in Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills on Saturday 11th November 2023.

For details, please email either:
Denise Maddox:
Ron Serdiuk:


Bookings open for Think Australian Frankfurt

Bookings are open for Think Australian‘s Frankfurt issue out 5 October.

The Frankfurt issue includes a limited number of banner ads and prominently placed title preview ads.

See our media kit for more details or email to book your spot.




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