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Ardern launches te reo Māori translation trust

11 October 2019
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has launched the Kotahi Rau Pukapuka Trust, which will translate 100 popular fiction books into te reo Māori over the next 10 years. Working...

Deakin University Nonfiction Prize shortlist announced

11 October 2019
Deakin University and Express Media have announced the shortlist for the 2019 Deakin University Nonfiction Prize. The shortlisted writers and their works are: Kat Capel, for ‘work & love’ Olivia...

Collins Sunbury named National Franchise of the Year

10 October 2019
Collins Booksellers Sunbury has been named National Franchisee of the Year at the Collins National Franchisee Conference in Melbourne. Collins Booksellers Thirroul won the marketing award and Collins Booksellers Orange...

The Co-op loses Australian Geographic brand

10 October 2019
Textbook retailer The Co-op has lost the rights to use the Australian Geographic brand, reports the Sydney Morning Herald, with a total of 64 former Australian Geographic stores set to...

Digital Writers’ Festival 2019 program announced

9 October 2019
The program for this year’s Digital Writers’ Festival (DWF), which runs from 29 October to 2 November, has been announced. More than 90 guests will participate in the online program,...

Voss Literary Prize 2019 longlist announced

9 October 2019
The longlist for the 2019 Voss Literary Prize has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Flames (Robbie Arnott, Text) Book of Colours (Robyn Cadwallader, Fourth Estate) The Making of Martin...

Brow Books acquires Dao’s debut novel 

8 October 2019
Brow Books has acquired world rights to André Dao’s debut novel, which has the working title Anamnesis, or A Book No Longer Discussed Today. Set in Ho Chi Minh City,...

APA announces new industry conference BookUp

8 October 2019
The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced a new conference for the Australian book industry called BookUp. Aimed at ‘all book publishing people’, the one-day event will explore the future...

Richell Prize 2019 shortlist announced

7 October 2019
Hachette Australia has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Richell Prize for emerging writers. The shortlisted writers and their works are: 'The Earth Starts Talking' (Ayla Black) 'The Blind Pussy...

Masson joins MidnightSun with spec-fic YA novel 

7 October 2019
MidnightSun Publishing has acquired world rights to Sophie Masson’s YA speculative fiction novel The Ghost Squad. Set in ‘an alternative yet jarringly familiar reality’, The Ghost Squad follows 16-year-old Polly...

Booktopia to launch publishing program 

4 October 2019
Booktopia has announced it will commence its own publishing program through a new imprint called Booktopia Editions. The company says it will initially focus on ‘trade paperback editions of commercial...

SPN announces conference keynotes

3 October 2019
The Small Press Network has announced three keynote speakers for its 2019 Independent Publishing Conference, to be held at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne from 21–23 November. Claire Squires, director...

No David Unaipon Award to be presented this year

2 October 2019
Judges for this year’s Queensland Literary Awards won’t choose a shortlist or winner for this year’s David Unaipon Award, presented to an outstanding manuscript by an unpublished Aboriginal or Torres...

Hachette acquires ‘On’ series from MUP 

2 October 2019
Hachette Australia has acquired world rights to Melbourne University Publishing's (MUP) 'On' series of essays. The deal was negotiated by MUP then-acting CEO Richard Tegoni. The list of over 30...

PRH sells ‘The Yield’ to US, France

2 October 2019
Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has sold Tara June Winch’s novel The Yield to publishers in the US and France. Pamela Malpas at Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency sold world English-language...

Queensland Literary Awards 2019 shortlists announced

1 October 2019
The shortlists for the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards (QLAs) have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of state significance ($25,000) The...

PRH sells ‘Jane in Love’ to US

1 October 2019
Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has sold North American rights to Rachel Givney’s forthcoming novel Jane in Love (Michael Joseph) to HarperCollins imprint William Morrow, via Daniel Lazar at Writers...