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20 March 2024

Woehlert and Lake list Imprint Booksellers for sale x

Katherine Woehlert and Jason Lake, proprietors of Adelaide bookstore Imprints Booksellers, have placed the business on the market. In a statement shared on the bookstore’s... Read more
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The Bookshop Bowral and Kiama to change hands x

Marie Fitzpatrick, of The Bookshop Bowral and Kiama, has announced that the bookshops have been purchased by Clare Meldrum, and that the current owners will... Read more

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Hachette signs Pei Yin's 'When Sleeping Women Wake' x

In a joint acquisition, Hachette Australia and Quercus UK have secured UK and Commonwealth rights at auction for Canberra author Emma Pei Yin’s debut novel... Read more
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Maguire's historical fiction 'Rapture' sells to Sceptre x

In the UK, Sceptre has acquired world rights (ex ANZ) to Rapture, the first historical novel from Emily Maguire (Allen & Unwin), about the legend... Read more

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Good Thing Productions acquires 'Cherrywood' screen rights x

Screen rights to the forthcoming novel Cherrywood by Jock Serong (Fourth Estate) have been optioned by Good Thing Productions, via Melanie Ostell Literary. Good Thing Productions’... Read more
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Crewe wins 2023 Charlotte Aitken Young Writer of the Year Award

In the UK, Tom Crewe has won the 2023 Charlotte Aitken Young Writer of the Year Award, worth £10,000 (A$19,404), for The New Life (Vintage). Crewe’s... Read more

CBCA shortlists, Yarros tops ebook charts, local publishers on Bologna Prize shortlist

In news this week, Rebecca Yarros’ romantasy titles Fourth Wing and Iron Flame (both Piatkus) have taken out the top two places in Nielsen BookScan’s 2023 ebook bestsellers chart; Writers Victoria has appointed Julie Skate as its new CEO; and Auckland Writers Festival has announced its 2024 program.

Meanwhile, in local awards news, the CBCA Book of the Year Awards shortlists have been released; local publishers Affirm Press, Fremantle Press, Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing, Scholastic New Zealand and Huia Publishers have been shortlisted for this year’s Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publisher of the Year in the Oceania category; social and cultural historian Kate Fullagar has won the 2024 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship; and the Aurealis Awards 2023 shortlists are also available.

Overseas, poet Liz Berry won the 2024 Writers’ Prize overall Book of the Year award for The Home Child (Vintage); The Bee Sting by Paul Murray (Hamish Hamilton) won the overall Nero Book Prize; the 2024 shortlists for the Carnegie Medal for Illustration and the Carnegie Medal for Writing have been released; and, in the United States, publishers Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House and Wiley have filed a brief asking the Second Circuit court of appeals to uphold a copyright infringement finding against the Internet Archive, reported Publishers Weekly.



Asian-Australian booksellers championing diversity x

Emma Pei Yin is a British-born Hong Kong-Chinese author. She was also nominated for Bookseller of the Year in 2023. In this feature, Emma writes for Books+Publishing on... Read more


Cristy Burne on 'Ultra Violet' x

Cristy Burne is an award-winning author of children’s books published worldwide. She loves mixing science, adventure and creativity in her stories; holds degrees in biotechnology... Read more


Cristy Burne recommends x

A book on anti-gravity. I found it hard to put down. A book on black holes. I was totally sucked in. A book on electricity.... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction North American rights to The Heart Is a Star (Megan Rogers, HarperCollins) have been sold in a pre-empt to Central Avenue Publishing by... Read more

Cover of What Happened to Nina?


McTiernan tops the chart x

Top 10 bestsellers What Happened to Nina? (Dervla McTiernan, HarperCollins) Bluey: Horray, It’s Easter! (Puffin) Bluey: Happy Easter (Puffin) Bluey: Easter (Puffin) The 24th Hour (James Patterson, Century) Never Too... Read more


All the Beautiful Things You Love (Jonathan Seidler, Macmillan, May) x

A romantic comedy told in reverse, All the Beautiful Things You Love charts Elly and Enzo’s relationship over 10 years, leading up to their divorce.... Read more


Because I'm Not Myself, You See (Ariane Beeston, Black Inc, May) x

Ariane Beeston’s debut, Because I’m Not Myself, You See, chronicles her postpartum psychosis, as a mother and clinical psychologist. The memoir weaves personal experiences with... Read more


Ghost Cities (Siang Lu, UQP, May) x

Recently fired from his translating job at the Chinese Consulate in Sydney for lying about his translation skills and using Google Translate to do his... Read more


Love Across Class (Rose Butler & Eve Vincent, MUP, May) x

In Love Across Class, researchers Rose Butler and Eve Vincent seek to demystify the complex—and often obscured—role class can play in shaping romantic relationships. As class is often overlooked in... Read more


Psykhe (Kate Forsyth, Vintage, May) x

Kate Forsyth’s latest historical fiction, Psykhe, adds to her substantial body of work (The Crimson Thread, Bitter Greens) as it reimagines the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche.... Read more


Cheer Up, Blobfish! (Julie Murphy, illus Rachel Tribout, Affirm, May) x

It’s time for The Festival of the Fish and everyone is excited, but the blobfish looks sad, and none of the sea creatures can cheer... Read more


The Kindness Project (Deborah Abela, Puffin, May) x

Nicolette is unconfident and shy and feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. However, she loves spending time with her nanna and takes comfort in... Read more


Ultra Violet: Down to Business (Cristy Burne, illus Rebel Challenger, Larrikin House, May) x

Ultra Violet: Down to Business is the first in a new junior graphic novel series with a hilarious—but very scientific—premise. Violet (a science genius who... 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

Rockpool Publishing expands reach with distribution partnership in India

Rockpool Publishing is delighted to announce a strategic collaboration with Simon & Schuster India for distribution across the Indian subcontinent. As of May 1st, Simon & Schuster India will serve as the exclusive distributor for Rockpool Publishing titles in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the Maldives.

This partnership marks a significant milestone for Rockpool Publishing, opening up new avenues to bring its diverse and impactful products to a broader audience across the Indian subcontinent.


EOIs open: Judy Harris Writer-in-Residence Fellowship at the Charles Perkins Centre 2024

Expressions of interest for the Judy Harris Writer-in-Residence Fellowship at the Charles Perkins Centre 2024 are now open. The fellowship was first established in 2016 to foster collaboration between Australian creative writers and researchers at the Charles Perkins Centre to explore issues around health and offers a year-long residency at the Charles Perkins Centre with a stipend of $100,000.

Our Writer-in-Residence alumni are Lech Blaine (current, 2023), Sarah Holland-Batt (2021), Tracy Sorensen (2019), Emily Maguire (2018), Alana Valentine (2017), Mireille Juchau (2017) and Charlotte Wood (2016).

Closing: 11:59pm on Monday 8 April 2024



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.


Thames & Hudson Australia to distribute Enchanted Lion

Previous distributor: NewSouth Books
New distributor: Thames & Hudson Australia
Changeover date: 1 March 2024

NewSouth Books will be accepting all Enchanted Lion returns until 31 May. Thames & Hudson Australia will not accept returns sold by NewSouth Books.


The Midnight Rose

Leo is an apprentice at the Alchemical Court when one night changes everything. When the castle is attacked and Leo is told to flee, he... Read more

Making Shadows

Making Shadows spans the years 1941 to 1992. It focuses on a group of Australian veterans and their post-war struggles. Readers can expect an escalation... Read more

HANA: The audacity to be free

Hana Assafiri is a much loved and revered social activist and radical entrepreneur. Through the medium of food and dining in her now-renowned Moroccan Soup... Read more



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