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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...

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...

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KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award 2020 longlist announced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The longlist for the 2020 Kill Your Darlings (KYD) Unpublished Manuscript Award has been announced.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...

WA Premier’s Book Awards shortlists announced

1 July 2020
The shortlists for this year’s Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Premier’s Prize for an emerging writer ($15,000) Fabulous Lives (Bindy Pritchard,...

Ngaio Marsh Award 2020 longlist announced

30 June 2020
The longlist for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Award for New Zealand crime fiction has been announced. The longlisted titles are:  Shadow of Doubt (S L Beaumont, Paperback Writers) Trust Me,...

Colin Roderick Award 2020 longlist announced

30 June 2020
The longlist for the 2020 Colin Roderick Award, administered by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies at James Cook University, has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Turn Left at...

Papertalk Green wins 2020 ALS Gold Medal

30 June 2020
Charmaine Papertalk Green has won the 2020 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal for her poetry collection Nganajungu Yagu (Cordite). Papertalk Green’s work was chosen from a shortlist that included...

Llewellyn appointed Wheeler Centre CEO

30 June 2020
The Wheeler Centre has announced the appointment of Caro Llewellyn as CEO. Llewellyn, whose memoir Diving into Glass (Hamish Hamilton) was shortlisted for the 2020 Stella Prize, was announced as...

OverDrive acquires RBmedia’s library business

29 June 2020
Library provider OverDrive has announced it is acquiring RBmedia’s library business. The deal will see OverDrive acquire the RBdigital platform in the UK, US and Australia. RBmedia's other businesses, including...

Van Neerven, Sakr to host new UQP poetry podcast 

29 June 2020
The University of Queensland Press (UQP) will launch its new monthly poetry podcast Extraordinary Voices for Extraordinary Times on 10 July. The podcast, supported by Copyright Agency funding, will be...