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Berbay sells board book series to US, UK 

22 January 2019
Berbay Publishing has sold North American and UK rights to a series of three board books by Tokyo-based illustrator Chihiro Takeuchi. Catherine Drayton from InkWell Management sold North American and...

Marinov moves to ABA 

22 January 2019
Galina Marinov will take up the newly created role of member services development manager at the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA), where she will work on creating new ABA services. Marinov...

Jon Faine to retire at the end of 2019

21 January 2019
ABC Radio Melbourne broadcaster Jon Faine has announced he will retire at the end of 2019, reports ABC News. Faine has hosted the weekday Mornings program for 23 years, in which...

Tan wins ‘KYD’ New Critic Award 2019

21 January 2019
Critic and narrative nonfiction writer Cher Tan has been named the winner of the 2019 Kill Your Darlings (KYD) New Critic Award. Tan receives a $1000 cash prize, plus payment for a...

Faber Writing Academy Scholarships announced

18 January 2019
Allen & Unwin has announced the recipients of the 2019 Faber Writing Academy Scholarships. The recipients are: Chandu Bickford (True Stories Scholarship) has travelled extensively in India and Tibet, and...

Children’s authors honoured on postage stamps

18 January 2019
Australia Post is honouring five children’s authors on its ‘Australian legends of children’s literature’ postage stamp series, as part of its 2019 Legends Awards. Authors and their books featured in...

Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowships announced

18 January 2019
Western Sydney literature organisation WestWords has announced three recipients of the 2019 Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowships. The three writers awarded fellowships are: Fiona Murphy for hybrid memoir ‘The Shape of Sound’,...

Hazel Rowley Fellowship 2019 shortlist announced

18 January 2019
Writers Victoria has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, awarded annually to an Australian writer for a proposed biographical work. The shortlisted writers and their projects...

New database to celebrate diversity in children’s books

17 January 2019
The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literacy (NCACL) will this year launch a database for children’s literature, designed to help teachers, parents and readers to find books which highlight multiculturalism...

Writers, literary festivals among OzCo funding recipients 

16 January 2019
Eighteen writers and literary festival organisations were among the recipients of the Australia Council’s latest grants round, which awarded $6.6 million to almost 200 projects, including career development, regional touring...

Berbay sells three Canty picture books in China 

16 January 2019
Berbay Publishing has sold simplified Chinese rights to three picture books in John Canty’s ‘Heads and Tails’ series to Dook. The series—comprising Heads and Tails, Heads and Tails Insects and...

Indie Book Awards 2019 shortlists announced

16 January 2019
Leading Edge Books has announced the 2019 Indie Book Awards shortlists, for the best Australian books published in 2018. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction The Lost Man (Jane...

Full program announced for 2019 Perth Writers Week

15 January 2019
The full program has been announced for the 2019 Perth Festival Writers Week, which runs from 18-24 February. International guests attending the festival include Man Booker Prize-winning Nigerian novelist and...

Echo sells Meg Keneally’s solo debut to US 

15 January 2019
Echo Publishing has sold North American rights to Meg Keneally’s debut historical novel Fled to Arcade Publishing. The novel, which is based on the life of convict Mary Bryant, is...

Presser wins at US National Jewish Book Awards

14 January 2019
In the US, Melbourne-based author Bram Presser has won the debut fiction award at the 2018 National Jewish Book Awards for his novel The Book of Dirt (Text). Established in 1950 by the...

Updated format revealed for WA Prem’s awards

14 January 2019
The Western Australian state government has revealed the new format for the WA Premier’s Book Awards, which has been reinstated as an annual event. The awards will feature three separate...

Booksellers optimistic 

18 December 2018
Twenty-four percent of booksellers are expecting sales to be 'excellent' this Christmas, double the number who had high expectations for the same time last year (12%). Most respondents, however, are...

The books: Strong offering led by standout fiction 

18 December 2018
Most booksellers are pleased with the books on offer this Christmas, with 75% considering the titles available ‘strong’, and just one percent considering them ‘disappointing’. The remaining 24% consider the...

Publishers’ perspectives: Sales up on last year 

18 December 2018
Australian publishers are reporting that so far Christmas sales are up compared to this time last year, and most are expecting overall Christmas period sales to be excellent. Bracing for...

Marsden awarded 2018 Dromkeen Medal

14 December 2018
The State Library Victoria (SLV) has awarded the 2018 Dromkeen Medal to author John Marsden. Marsden is the author of more than 40 books, including the ‘Tomorrow’ series, which is...