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Atwood, Evaristo tie for Booker Prize 2019

15 October 2019
The 2019 Booker Prize has been jointly awarded to Bernadine Evaristo for Girl, Woman, Other (Hamish Hamilton) and Margaret Atwood for The Testaments (Chatto & Windus). It is the third...

RELX Group named world’s largest publisher

14 October 2019
RELX Group—formerly known as Reed Elsevier—has been named the world’s largest publishing company on Livres Hebdo/Publishers Weekly’s annual ranking for 2018. RELX posted publishing revenue of US$5.28 billion (A$7.8b) to...

Tokarczuk, Handke awarded Nobel Prizes in Literature

11 October 2019
Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk and Austrian writer Peter Handke have been awarded Nobel Prizes in Literature, after the Swedish Academy postponed the 2018 prize following sexual assault allegations. Tokarczuk received...

National Book Award 2019 shortlists announced

9 October 2019
In the US, the shortlists for the 2019 National Book Award have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Fiction Trust Exercise (Susan Choi, Serpent’s Tail) Sabrina & Corina: Stories (Kali Fajardo-Anstine, One...

Amazon launches Kindle for kids

8 October 2019
Amazon has launched a Kindle for children, marking the first time the company has designed a device specifically for kids. The Kindle Kids Edition, priced at A$182.50, includes the standard...

Goldsmiths Prize 2019 shortlist announced

3 October 2019
In the UK, the shortlist for the £10,000 (A$18,300) Goldsmiths Prize, which rewards fiction that ‘breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form’, has been announced. The...

National Translation Award 2019 shortlists announced

2 October 2019
The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) has announced the shortlists for the National Translation Awards for poetry and prose. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Prose Anniversaries: From a year in...

Giller Prize 2019 shortlist announced

1 October 2019
In Canada, the shortlist for the C$100,000 (A$112,000) 2019 Giller Prize for the best Canadian fiction published in English has been announced. The shortlisted novels are: Immigrant City (David Bezmozgis,...

US adult audiobook consumption on the rise

26 September 2019
In the US, audiobooks are on the rise, according to a recent survey conducted by Pew Research. While the reading habits of Americans have remained relatively unchanged over the past...

Audiobooks for children double in popularity in UK

25 September 2019
In the UK, the popularity of children's audiobooks has increased by 138% since January 2018, reports the Bookseller. In a report shared at the Bookseller Children's Conference in London, market...

National Book Award 2019 fiction longlist announced

23 September 2019
In the US, the National Book Award fiction longlist has been announced. The finalists in the fiction category are: Fleishman Is in Trouble (Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Wildfire) Trust Exercise (Susan Choi,...

US$75k Cundill History Prize 2019 shortlist announced

23 September 2019
In North America, the shortlist has been announced for the Cundill History Prize, which rewards ‘the best history writing in English’. The shortlisted titles are: Orphans of Empire: The fate...

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...

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...

Love wins 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize

12 September 2019
In the UK, Jessica Love has won the £5000 (A$8990) Klaus Flugge Prize for most promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration for Julian is a Mermaid (Walker Books), reports...

Print revenue up for Canadian indies in 2017–18

11 September 2019
In Canada, industry research group BookNet has revealed 65% of indie booksellers saw increased revenue from new print book sales between 2017–18, reports Publishing Perspectives. The report, called What’s in Store:...

Amazon breaks Atwood embargo in US

5 September 2019
Amazon has shipped hundreds of copies of Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments (Chatto & Windus), the embargoed follow-up to The Handmaid’s Tale, to US customers ahead of its official release date...

Booker Prize 2019 shortlist announced

4 September 2019
The shortlist for the 2019 Booker Prize has been announced. The six books shortlisted for the £50,000 (A$88,875) prize are: The Testaments (Margaret Atwood, Chatto & Windus, September) Ducks, Newburyport (Lucy Ellmann,...

Audible halts Captions on major publishers’ titles

30 August 2019
In a New York district court stipulation, Audible has agreed to exclude works from a group of major publishers from its Captions program until permission and licensing issues are resolved,...