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National Book Award 2019 longlists announced

20 September 2019
In the US, longlists in four categories of the National Book Award have been announced. The longlists announced so far are: Nonfiction Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A...

A&U acquires ‘Larrimah’ for six-figure sum 

20 September 2019
Allen & Unwin has acquired rights to Larrimah: An outback town, a missing man and 11 people, who mostly hate each other­ by journalists Kylie Stevenson and Caroline Graham. ANZ...

May Gibbs trust announces 2020 fellows

20 September 2019
The May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust has announced six fellows for 2020. The recipients of the fellowship are: Mark Carthew Deb Fitzpatrick Sadami Konchi Meg McKinlay Chrissie Perry Michelle Vasiliu....

NewSouth to publish Bryant’s debut ‘Hysteria’ 

20 September 2019
NewSouth Publishing has acquired world rights to Hysteria, the debut nonfiction book by Adelaide writer Katerina Bryant, via Sarah McKenzie Literary Management. Hysteria is a hybrid memoir that explores chronic mental...

Industry-first EBA voted in at PRH; FWC dispute settled

19 September 2019
The first union-negotiated enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) in Australian publishing history has been voted in at Penguin Random House Australia (PRH). PRH delegates in the editorial and publicity departments have...

Book industry orgs support climate strike

18 September 2019
Booksellers, publishers and other industry organisations across Australia are participating in the global climate strike, taking place on Friday, 20 September. With almost 100 locations across Australia registered to strike,...

Drawn to writing: Rove McManus on ‘Disgusting McGrossface’ 

18 September 2019
Aussie television personality Rove McManus makes his foray into children’s books with picture book Disgusting McGrossface (Scholastic, September) and younger readers novel Rocky Lobstar (Scholastic, October). Kelsey Oldham spoke to...

Book designer spotlight: Hannah Janzen

18 September 2019
Hannah Janzen began designing books at Sydney design studio Xou Creative, before turning to freelance, specialising in children’s books. She was recently elected president of the Australian Book Designers Association...

HarperCollins acquires rights to Hazlehurst’s memoir 

18 September 2019
HarperCollins has acquired world rights to actor Noni Hazlehurst’s memoir in a 'hotly contested' auction. The publisher said Hazlehurst, an award-winning stage and screen actor and advocate for children’s welfare,...

‘You Must be Layla’ sells to Puffin UK

18 September 2019
Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (ex ANZ) to Yassmin Abdel-Magied's You Must Be Layla to Puffin UK, reports the Bookseller. Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-Australian writer,...

Dalcher wins Goldsboro Glass Bell for ‘Vox’

18 September 2019
In the UK, debut novelist Christina Dalcher has won the £2000 (A$3650) Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award for Vox (HQ). Set in an America where women are restricted to speaking no...

Parrett’s ‘There Was Still Love’ sold to UK 

17 September 2019
Martin Shaw of Alex Adsett Publishing Services has sold UK and Commonwealth rights to Favel Parrett’s third novel, There Was Still Love (Hachette), to Francine Toon at Sceptre, Hodder &...

Ngaio Marsh Award 2019 winners announced

16 September 2019
New Zealand writer Fiona Kidman has won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel for This Mortal Boy (RHNZ Vintage). The story recreates the life of young Belfast immigrant...

A&U, Wavesound to partner on audiobooks

16 September 2019
The majority of new Allen & Unwin titles will be produced as audiobooks under a new partnership between the publisher and Wavesound. The co-publishing program will initially see A&U and...

Walker acquires Neridah McMullin picture book 

16 September 2019
Walker Books Australia has acquired world rights to a new picture book by Neridah McMullin called The Drover. Based a true story, the book follows a young female drover as...