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30 August 2023

Readings New Australian Fiction Prize 2023 shortlist announced

Readings has announced the shortlist for the 2023 Readings New Australian Fiction Prize. This year’s six shortlisted books are: Time and Tide in Sarajevo (Bronwyn... Read more
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An author photograph of Siang Lu, who is looking directly at the camera, while standing in front of some trees.


UQP acquires second novel from Siang Lu x

UQP has acquired world rights to Siang Lu’s second novel, Ghost Cities, via Brendan Fredericks of BFredericksPR. Ghost Cities is ‘inspired by the vacant, uninhabited... Read more

Booktopia revenue down 18%, Readings YA Prize shortlist announced, Writers for the Voice launched

Booktopia has reported its revenue was down 18% in the 12 months to 30 June (FY23), with the company’s earnings falling 23.7% over the same period, while educational publisher Hawker Brownlow has announced that it will cease operations on 1 September. Australia Reads has revealed the program for its upcoming Volume symposium, and newly established group Writers for the Voice seeks support from writers, publishers and literary agencies. Former Boffins Books sales and marketing assistant Adam Matthews has joined Fremantle Press as a publicist.

In awards news, Kill Your Darlings has announced Xiaole Zhan as the winner of the 2023 KYD Creative Nonfiction Essay Prize, Readings has revealed the shortlist for the 2023 Readings Young Adult Book Prize, and the winners of the 2023 CBCA Shadow Judging Book of the Year Awards have been announced. Dymocks is partnering with the AgeSydney Morning Herald and Brisbane Times to launch a new essay prize for young writers, while in Aotearoa New Zealand, Nielsen BookScan figures have shown a 117% increase in sales of shortlisted books from the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

In the UK, Alice Winn’s In Memoriam (Viking) has won the Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize, Danielle Jawando’s When Our Worlds Collided (Simon & Schuster Children’s) has won the 2023 YA Book Prize, and the Booksellers Association plans to relaunch its Shopfloor Publishers scheme, which invites publishers to spend a day working in a bookshop.

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Meet the publishers: new small presses to watch x

The pandemic: book buyers rediscovered their love of reading, authors made use of lockdowns to write, but for some, it was all about publishing. Here,... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction Black Inc. has sold simplified Chinese character rights to The Economy of Algorithms: Rise of the digital minions (Marek Kowalkiewicz, La Trobe University... Read more
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Kerr Matildas memoir enters top 10 x

Top 10 bestsellers Fourth Wing (Rebecca Yarros, Hachette) RecipeTin Eats: Dinner (Nagi Maehashi, Macmillan) Yellowface (Rebecca F Kuang, The Borough Press) Happiness (Danielle Steel, Macmillan)... Read more


The Disappearance of Astrid Bricard (Natasha Lester, Hachette) x

In Paris, 1917, 16-year-old Mizza Bricard is determined to leave a lasting mark on the world. She creates a house of couture that will establish... Read more


The Things We Live With (Gemma Nisbet, Upswell) x

Gemma Nisbet is a writer and journalist who holds onto things, but this book isn’t about hoarding. It’s not even a self-help antidote to ‘Marie... Read more


The Vanishing Point (Andrea Hotere, Ultimo) x

Journalist and researcher Andrea Hotere has put her investigative skills to work in The Vanishing Point: a dual-timeline historical mystery novel concerning Diego Velázquez’s 1656 royal... Read more


Blair Moon: How to be cooler than the moon (AshIeigh Mounser, Ford St) x

Blair Moon: How to be cooler than the moon by Ashleigh Mounser is a fast-paced novel that doesn’t let up, much like its protagonist, Blair... Read more


Everything Under the Moon (Ed by Michael Earp, illus Kit Fox, Affirm) x

Everything Under the Moon: Fairy tales in a queerer light is a collection of insightful stories from a variety of authors, including Michael Earp, Alison Evans, Helena Fox,... Read more


A Life Song (Jane Godwin, illus Anna Walker, Puffin) x

The latest masterpiece by dream team Jane Godwin and Anna Walker, A Life Song is a gentle rhyming picture book that ponders growing up and finding your place in... Read more


Run Pups Run (Kerri Day, Windy Hollow) x

Kerri Day’s Run Pups Run is a lively and charming story of a family beach excursion. The day begins as a family and their three... 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

Appointments, retirements as Australia Council becomes Creative Australia

Creative Australia replaced the Australia Council for the Arts (ACA) on 24 August as part of the federal government’s Revive policy. The members of the... Read more

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Unfinished Woman

An unforgettable memoir from the author of the sensational international bestseller, Tracks. Robyn Davidson delves into her childhood and youth to uncover the forces that... Read more



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