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Australian books heading for the screen, crime writers bound for the US

As season two of the TV series Big Little Lies—adapted from Liane Moriarty’s bestseller of the same name—premieres this month, progress is being made on a number of other screen adaptations of Australian books. In this month’s newsletter we report on four: Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe (which is also being adapted for the stage); Holly Ringland’s The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart; Holly Throsby’s Goodwood; and Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell’s Half the Perfect World: Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955–1964. You can read more about these projects in Rights sales below.

US crime fans can look forward to the arrival of four Australian crime writers in their country later this year. Sulari Gentill, Robert Gott, Jock Serong and Emma Viskic are embarking on a group tour of the States in November after receiving a joint career development grant. The authors will travel to LA, New York, Boston, Arizona and Texas to meet with publishers, booksellers and readers and promote Australian crime writing.

New York-based literary agent Barbara J Zitwer is setting her sights on bringing more Australian writers to the world after recently selling rights on behalf of Australian authors Jamie Marina Lau and Madeleine Ryan. In an interview with Books+Publishing, she talks about what she sees as the ‘new Australian sensibility’.

Andrea Hanke
Think Australian


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