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6 March 2024

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Australian Book Design Awards 2024 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2024 Australian Book Design Awards, presented by the Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA), have been announced. The longlisted titles in the... Read more
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Ockham 2024 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2024 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards have been announced. Chosen from longlists announced earlier this year, the shortlisted titles in each... Read more

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Grenville longlisted for 2024 Women's Prize for Fiction

In the UK, the longlist for the 2024 Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced. Local author Kate Grenville has been longlisted for Restless Dolly... Read more
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Breen appointed Affirm agency manager x

Affirm Press has announced former marketing and publicity manager Grace Breen has returned from parental leave to take up the newly created role of agency... Read more

Amazon ebook anticompetition lawsuit to proceed

In the US, a federal judge has formally adopted a magistrate judge’s recommendation that a consumer class action against Amazon for anticompetitive conduct in relation... Read more
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Stella longlist, gender pay gaps in publishing and bookselling, Booktopia revenue and profit down

On Monday, the Stella Prize longlist was announced, with the shortlist to follow next month. In other news this week, the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency data has revealed gender pay gaps at larger Australian publishers and booksellers; Booktopia has reported its half-year results, with revenue down 21% and profit down 34%; Thames & Hudson has made several changes to its sales and marketing departments; and, ahead of its full program release, the Melbourne Writers Festival has announced its first guests for the 2024 festival.

In other local awards news, Creative Australia has brought forward the date of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award winner announcement by two months; and the Kat Muscat Fellowship 2024 shortlist was announced.

Overseas, Lagardère, the parent company of Hachette, has reported that its revenue is up 2.2%; Spotify has added a new audiobook-only subscription offer in the US; and also in the US, results from Lee & Low’s 2023 ‘Diversity Baseline’ survey of the publishing workforce have been released.

And, elsewhere in literary news, The Conversation has published a piece from Denis Muller on the recent and ongoing controversies at Australian writers’ festivals regarding the war in Gaza, asking: ‘How can they uphold their duty to public debate?’.


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Book publicity in the TikTok age: What moves the needle now? x

With the consolidation of print reviews that appear in some of Australia’s key newspapers and a reduction in the number that appear in others, how... Read more

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What influences book sales? 'It’s still maddeningly difficult to tell,' says Richard Charkin x

Richard Charkin has held executive positions at Oxford University Press and Reed Elsevier, among others, and is former chief executive of Macmillan Publishers Limited and... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction Black Inc. has sold UK/Commonwealth (ex India, Canada, ANZ) rights to The Shortest History of Music (Andrew Ford) to Old Street; and Ethiopian... Read more

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Bluey Easter titles take three spots in top 10 x

Top 10 bestsellers Bluey: Happy Easter (Puffin) Bluey: Horray, It’s Easter! (Puffin) Fourth Wing (Rebecca Yarros, Piatkus) If Only I Had Told Her (Laura Nowlin, Sourcebooks Fire) House... Read more


The Deed (Susannah Begbie, Hachette, May) x

Small-town cattle farmer Tom Edwards knows he is going to die—before he does, he pays a visit to the local solicitor to change the terms... Read more


Ela! Ela! (Ella Mittas, Murdoch, May) x

Ela! Ela! means ‘Come! Come!’, and it’s a wonderfully fitting title for this generous, delicious and personal book of Turkish-Greek recipes, photography and essays, which documents Ella... Read more


Human? (Ziggy Ramo, Pantera, May) x

For those familiar with the sounds of Ziggy Ramo, Human?—while his debut book—is but the latest in a collection of revolutionary literary works by the... Read more


The Mistress of Dara Island (Averil Kenny, Echo) x

Traversing the 1950s to 1960s, Averil Kenny’s The Mistress of Dara Island follows Tally Ramsey, who spent her childhood on a paradisiacal tropical island. Despite... Read more


Saltblood (Francesca de Tores, Bloomsbury, May) x

Saltblood is an engrossing, deeply felt historical novel by Melbourne poet, author and academic Francesca de Tores (with previous works published as Francesca Haig), fictionalising... Read more


The Apprentice Witnesser (Bren MacDibble, A&U Children's, May) x

Bren MacDibble has become well-known for her unique and heartfelt adventure novels for middle-grade readers, including How to Bee, The Dog Runner and Across the Risen... Read more


Country (Aunty Fay Muir & Sue Lawson, illus Cheryl Davison, Wild Dog, May) x

Country is a celebration of earth and sky, sun, moon and stars—central to First Nations Culture. Through intricate, warm and entrancing artwork by renowned artist... Read more


How to Measure the Ocean (Inda Ahmad Zahri, A&U Children's, May) x

How to Measure the Ocean by scuba diver and surgical doctor Inda Ahmad Zahri prompts and encourages children aged 4–8 to interact with their environment... Read more


Our Flag, Our Story (Bernard Namok Jnr & Thomas Mayo, illus Tori-Jay Mordey, Magabala, May) x

Reading Our Flag, Our Story: The Torres Strait Islander Flag by Bernard Namok Jnr and Thomas Mayo on so-called Australia Day feels incredibly poignant. In October 2023,... 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

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Voss Literary Prize 2024

The Australian University Heads of English and the estate of Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss are pleased to call for nominations to the tenth annual Voss Literary Prize. The prize, for the best novel published in Australia in 2023, carries a cash prize and will be presented at the AUHE AGM in November 2024. A nomination form and details of entry can be found at Entries must be received by COB, 5 April 2024.




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