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US bookshops raise $48k for #BookstoresAgainstBorders campaign

9 July 2019
In the US, around 150 independent bookshops, small presses and other literary organisations have raised more than US$48,000 (A$68,860) for the #BookstoresAgainstBorders fundraising campaign, reports Publishers Weekly. Initiated by Wisconsin...

Locus Awards winners announced

2 July 2019
In the US, the winners of the 2019 Locus Awards for science fiction and fantasy writing have been announced. Winners include: The Calculating Stars (Mary Robinette Kowal, Tor) in the...

UK publishing employment up 3.9% in 2018

1 July 2019
In the UK, publishing industry employment was up 3.9% in 2018, growing from 192,000 jobs in 2017 to 199,000 in 2018, reports the Bookseller. The figures from the Department for...

UK publishing revenue down two percent in 2018 

26 June 2019
The UK Publishers Association (PA) has found the UK publishing industry’s revenues in 2018 fell two percent on the previous year, with a five percent drop in print book sales,...

Keefe, Burns win 2019 Orwell Prize

26 June 2019
In the UK, two authors writing about the conflict in Northern Ireland have been awarded £3000 each (A$5470) as part of the Orwell Prize, reports the Guardian. Patrick Radden Keefe,...

Adam wins 2019 Desmond Elliott Prize

20 June 2019
Claire Adam has won the 2019 Desmond Elliott Prize for first-time novelists for Golden Child (Faber). The winning novel, which follows the lives of a family living in rural Trinidad,...

Acevedo, Morris win 2019 Carnegie, Greenaway medals

19 June 2019
The UK Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) has announced the winners of the 2019 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals. Dominican-American writer and slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo won...

Ebury restructures staff around audience hubs

13 June 2019
In the UK, Penguin nonfiction imprint Ebury is restructuring its staff around four audience hubs to bring publicity and marketing closer to editorial, reports the Bookseller. Each hub—Smart, Entertainment, Self...

Octopus buys indie publisher Short Books

5 June 2019
Octopus Publishing Group, part of Hachette Livre, has acquired independent publisher Short Books for an undisclosed sum, reports the Bookseller. Best known for health and diet publishing, Short Books has...

Sissay wins 2019 PEN Pinter Prize

4 June 2019
In the UK, poet and playwright Lemn Sissay has been awarded the 2019 PEN Pinter Prize. Prize judge Maureen Freely said: ‘In his every work, Lemn Sissay returns to the underworld...

Turkish prosecutors put novelists under investigation

3 June 2019
Turkish prosecutors have launched investigations into the country’s fiction writers, including award-winning novelist Elif Shafak, reports the Guardian, with Shafak calling on the international community to support Turkish authors, journalists...

‘Normal People’ to be adapted for TV

31 May 2019
Sally Rooney's novel Normal People (Faber) is being adapted into a 12-part half-hour TV series, reports the Guardian. The series is being produced by Element Pictures (The Lobster, The Favourite, Room) in...