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The author next door: Stocking self-published books 

19 March 2019
Kelsey Oldham talks to booksellers about stocking self-published books. Most Australian bookshops acknowledge that stocking self-published books is important—in theory. In practice, however, store policies are often opaque or ad-hoc,...

Jane Curry: What makes a good author? 

19 March 2019
In her first opinion column of the year,  Ventura Press founder Jane Curry shares her thoughts on the traits that make a  successful author. Writing is a solitary and fiercely...

Waging battles: Author income in Australia 

19 March 2019
The book industry begins with authors. They toil for hours to release their ideas on the page, but each day they also struggle with making ends meet. Elizabeth Flux looks...

The ASA: The story so far 

19 March 2019
The Australian Society of Authors is the professional association for Australiaʼs authors and illustrators. CEO Juliet Rogers shares some history and future plans of the organisation. Once upon a time,...

Galleys and galleries: The art and design book market 

19 March 2019
Australian art gallery attendance is at an all-time high and BookScan data suggests a correlation between gallery attendance and the sales of illustrated art and design books. Kelsey Oldham explores the...

Unlikely heroes: R W R McDonald on ‘The Nancys’ 

19 March 2019
R W R McDonald’s debut novel The Nancys (A&U in June) was highly commended in the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards unpublished manuscript prize. Reviewer Fiona Hardy spoke to the author...

Editor’s picks: What we’re reading 

19 March 2019
Andrew Wrathall: I enjoyed Claire G Coleman’s style of turning the narrative on its head to make readers see things from another perspective in Terra Nullius (Hachette), so I’m looking...

Karys McEwen: Why you should meet your heroes 

19 March 2019
In her first column for 2019, high school library manager Karys McEwen argues that young people have much to gain from interacting with authors in person—but authors need to be...

Class act: Facilitating in-school author visits 

19 March 2019
An inspiring in-school appearance from an author is often the key to getting kids interested in reading.  Andrea Hanke spoke to four speakers’ agencies about facilitating these important interactions. For Victoria-based...

Kissane and Ling win Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2019

19 March 2019
The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced Andy Kissane’s ‘Searching the Dead’ and Belle Ling’s ‘63 Temple Street, Mong Kok’ as the joint winners of the Peter Porter Prize 2019....

Ashleigh Young longlisted for 2019 Folio Prize

19 March 2019
New Zealand writer Ashleigh Young has been longlisted for the UK's £30,000 (A$56,000) Rathbones Folio Prize for her essay collection Can You Tolerate This? (Giramondo). Can You Tolerate This? is a...

2019 PRH Literary Prize winner announced

18 March 2019
Penguin Random House (PRH) has announced that the winner of the 2019 PRH Literary Prize is The Spill by Imbi Neeme. Victorian-based Neeme wins $20,000 (which acts as an advance...

NZSA 2019 writer mentorships announced

18 March 2019
Recipients have been selected for the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) mentorship program 2019, with 13 chosen from a pool of 79 applicants. The 2019 recipients are: Semira Davis,...

Ball to join S&S as Scribner publishing director 

15 March 2019
Ben Ball will join Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) in the newly created role of publishing director of Scribner, S&S’s literary imprint. Ball, who was made redundant from his previous...

SWF 2019 program announced

15 March 2019
The program has been announced for this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF), which runs from 29 April to 5 May. Fifty-five international guests and 360 Australian writers, academics and public...

MUP appoints new directors, editorial advisory board

14 March 2019
Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) has appointed two new directors to its board, and announced eight members of its new editorial advisory board. Former managing director of Oxford University Press Australia...