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Bookish dates for 2016


Jaipur Literature Festival: 21-25 January

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards: (TBA) January


Taipei International Book Exhibition: 16-21 February

Emerging Writers’ Festival Digital Writers’ Festival: (TBA) February

Perth Writers Festival: 18-21 February

Adelaide Writers’ Week: 27 February to 3 March


Australian Romance Readers Awards (Sydney): 19 March

Australia-China Publishing Forum (Beijing): (TBA) March


Bologna Children’s Book Fair: 4-7 April

Swancon (Perth): (TBA) April

London Book Fair: 12-14 April

The Stella Prize: April (longlist in February, shortlist in March)

WordStorm (Darwin): (TBA) April

Clunes Booktown Festival: 30 April to 1 May


Mother’s Day (Australia and NZ): 8 May

Auckland Writers Festival: 10-15 May

Australian Booksellers Association and Leading Edge Books conferences (Canberra): 27-30 May

NSW Premier’s Literary Awards: (TBA) May (shortlist in March)

Sydney Writers’ Festival: 16-22 May

Australian Book Industry Awards (Sydney): (TBA) May

Australian Book Design Awards (Sydney): (TBA) May

Book Expo America (Chicago): 11-13 May

Australian and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts (London): (TBA) May


Miles Franklin Literary Award: June (longlist in April, shortlist in May)

Emerging Writers’ Festival: 14-24 June


Byron Bay Writers Festival: 5-7 August

National Bookshop Day: 13 August

Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Awards: 19 August (notables on 18 April, shortlist on 20 May)

Edinburgh International Book Festival: 13-29 August

New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults: mid-August (finalists on 7 June)

Melbourne Writers Festival: 25 August to 4 September

Romance Writers of Australia Conference (Adelaide): 19-21 August

Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book Week: 20-26 August

Australian Library and Information Association National Conference (Adelaide): 29 August to 2 September


Indigenous Literacy Day: 7 September

Brisbane Writers Festival: (TBA) September

Father’s Day (Australia and NZ): 4 September

Tasmanian Writers Festival: (TBA) September


Man Booker Prize: (TBA) October (longlist in August, shortlist in September)

Nobel Prize for Literature: October

Frankfurt Book Fair: 19-23 October 2016 (guest of honour: the Netherlands and Flanders)

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival: (TBA) October

GenreCon (Brisbane): (TBA) October


Independent Publishing Conference (Melbourne): (TBA) November


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