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ASA announces recipients of Takeaway Creatives grants

10 July 2020
The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the 14 recipients of its $1000 Takeaway Creatives grants, funded by the Australia Council's Covid-19 Resilience Fund. The successful authors and illustrators...

Clanchy, Whitehead win 2020 Orwell Prize

10 July 2020
UK author Kate Clanchy and US novelist Colson Whitehead have won this year's Orwell Prizes for political writing and political fiction respectively, reports the Bookseller. Each prize is worth £3000 (A$5435)....

German book sales down 8.3% in year to June

9 July 2020
In Germany, book sales are down 8.3% for the year to June, according to the German Publishers and Booksellers Association. The overall drop in sales represents a recovery from a...

Sensitive subjects: The value of sensitivity reading 

8 July 2020
Australian authors are increasingly employing sensitivity readers to ensure their representations of diverse characters are respectful and authentic. But who is regulating the practice, and what are the risks when...

Observational humour: Remy Lai on ‘Fly on the Wall’ 

8 July 2020
Remy Lai's middle-grade graphic novel Fly on the Wall (Walker, September) follows 12-year-old Henry Khoo, who goes on a solo international flight to Singapore without the knowledge of his overprotective family....

Melbourne libraries re-close as second lockdown begins

8 July 2020
In line with the stage three restrictions announced by Victorian premier Daniel Andrews on Tuesday, Melbourne libraries including State Library Victoria (SLV) and all City of Melbourne Library branches will...

Australian book sales down 2% for year to June 

8 July 2020
Strong sales during the second quarter of 2020 have largely cushioned the overall Australian book market from the effects of Covid-19, with Australian book sales down by just 2% for...

Gardners owner makes Bertrams asset purchase 

8 July 2020
The Little Group, owner of UK book wholesaler Gardners, has agreed to an asset purchase of book wholesaler the Bertram Group, which went into administration earlier this year. Books+Publishing understands...

Johnson wins 2020 PEN Pinter Prize

8 July 2020
In the UK, poet and reggae artist Linton Kwesi Johnson has been awarded the 2020 PEN Pinter Prize. Prize judge Claire Armitstead said: ‘Once we had laid our nominations on...

Furphy Literary Award 2020 shortlists announced

7 July 2020
The shortlists for the inaugural Furphy Literary Award has been announced. The six shortlisted stories and writers in the open category are: 'Ando Gets Plastered' by Cate Kennedy 'Awakening' by...

New Ingram Melbourne plant to open by September 

7 July 2020
Ingram Content Group, parent company of Lightning Source Australia, has announced it is building a new printing plant in Melbourne which it expects to be operational in the Australian spring....

‘Taking Tom Murray Home’ optioned for screen

7 July 2020
Sydney-based production company Soft Tread Enterprises has optioned Tim Slee's novel Taking Tom Murray Home (HarperCollins) for the screen. Taking Tom Murray Home was the inaugural winner of the Banjo...

UQP acquires new Chong poetry collection

6 July 2020
The University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired Eileen Chong’s poetry collection A Thousand Crimson Blooms. Chong is the author of nine books, including her most recent poetry collection Rainforest, which...

Owusu wins 2020 £10,000 Desmond Elliott Prize

3 July 2020
Derek Owusu has won the Desmond Elliott Prize for first-time novelists for his verse novel That Reminds Me (#Merky Books). Owusu’s book, the semi-autobiographical story of a British-Ghanaian boy called...

Write-ability fellowships 2020 recipients announced

2 July 2020
Writers Victoria has announced the recipients of its 2020 Write-ability fellowships. The organisation this year awarded two additional fellowships: a poetry fellowship supported by an anonymous donor, and a one-off...

KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award 2020 longlist announced

2 July 2020
The longlist for the 2020 Kill Your Darlings (KYD) Unpublished Manuscript Award has been announced. The longlisted authors and their works are: 'Mood' by Roz Bellamy (nonfiction) 'Abomination' by Ashley Goldberg...