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British study reveals author, librarian and academic three most desirable careers

Booklovers know it, and it appears the rest of the world is starting to catch on. A bookish job is a great job! The “aura of prestige” connected with a career in writing or academia is preferable to jobs that brought promises of wealth and celebrity status, according to a survey conducted by UK market research firm Yougov with more than 14,000 respondents. Being an author was the most popular c... Read more

by | February 18, 2015

Rest In Peace Matt Richell

I only met Matt Richell once, but it’s an encounter that I reflect on regularly. Hachette held an author meet and greet night at their offices during the recent Sydney Writer’s Festival. As I waited to jump into a conversation, I received a tap on the shoulder. It was Matt. He introduced himself (Matt from Hachette, no titles) and asked me how everything was at Booktopia, and more i... Read more

by | July 3, 2014

GUEST BLOG: Notes from the Other Side by Jo Riccioni, author of The Italians at Cleat’s Corner Store

I can remember the exact moment I started crossing over to the Other Side, the first time I made that tentative transition from happy avid reader to somewhat less contented beginner writer. It was ten years ago, almost to the month. I recall it so precisely because I came to writing comparatively late in life. As a child, I was a bookworm but I wasn’t an endless scribbler, never kept diaries or... Read more

by | June 12, 2014

ABIA 2014 Book Awards shortlists announced

The 14th Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) shortlists were announced this morning in Sydney, with a raft of new categories and a host of wonderful writers and books. The inaugural International Book of the Year award contains Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton and Pulitzer Prize winner Donna Tartt, while the hotly contested Literary Fiction Book of the Year has some extraordinary authors jo... Read more

by | April 29, 2014

Joanna Trollope on Jane Austen

The Austen Project Sense & Sensibility A Q&A with Joanna Trollope 1. Sense & Sensibility is launching the Austen Project –  what was it about the idea of a modern re-telling of Jane Austen’s novel that caught your imagination? My first – and I have to say, last – reaction when the idea of updating those novels was put to me, was: how brilliant! Jane Austen’s preoccupations – r... Read more

by | December 30, 2013

The Night I Met George R.R. Martin

It’s strange to meet a man who is a God to some, an unknown mortal to others. News that I was meeting George R.R. Martin was met by friends and family with two reactions. One was ‘wow, you’re so lucky’, the other was ‘who is George R.R. Martin?’. And that is the world of genre fiction. Authors are deified by some, unknown to others. If you’re a fan, you... Read more

by | November 13, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: 900-Page Debut Novel Fetches Nearly $2 Million

Is the big fat novel back? Donna Tartt’s exquisite novel The Goldfinch has 771 pages. Eleanor Catton won the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her 834 page masterpiece The Luminaries. And now City on Fire, the 900-page debut novel by New York writer Garth Risk Hallberg, has been acquired for nearly $2 million. In a two-day bidding war that took the industry by storm last week, 10 publishers bid more th... Read more

by | November 12, 2013

Simon and Schuster joins our Booktoberfest celebration – you could win a prize pack worth over $950!

How would you like to give everyone you love a book for Christmas… without you having to pay a cent? To help us celebrate Booktoberfest the awesome people at Simon and Schuster are giving you the chance to win a prize pack worth over $950! Order any of the books in the Simon and Schuster Booktoberfest Showcase to go into the draw to win their entire showcase! Click here to enter the Simon... Read more

by | October 21, 2013

Jackie Collins, Christos Tsiolkas, and the best-selling foreign books in China

Last week Booktopia’s John Purcell sat down, on separate days, with Jackie Collins and Christos Tsiolkas (two very different authors) to chat about their life, work, and new books Confessions of a Wild Child and Barracuda. It was a wonderful fly-on-the-wall experience to see these two writers at very different periods of their careers. One resounding impression was that, while the world i... Read more

by | October 21, 2013