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Wright resigns from PRH 

25 November 2020
Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) head of trade sales Kaye Wright has resigned after almost 12 years in the role. Wright told Books+Publishing the role was ‘my most favoured in...

ABA, APA plan in person conferences in 2021 

20 November 2020
The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced it will hold its 2021 national conference from 20 to 22 June at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. The event, which will include...

Voss Literary Prize 2020 shortlist announced

19 November 2020
The shortlist for the 2020 Voss Literary Prize has been announced. The shortlisted novels are: Crossings (Alex Landragin, Picador) The Rich Man’s House (Andrew McGahan, A&U) The Palace of Angels...

Treloar wins 2020 Barbara Jefferis Award

19 November 2020
Lucy Treloar has won the 2020 Barbara Jefferis Award for her novel ​Wolfe Island ​(Picador). The $50,000 award, which is administered by the Australian Society of Authors (ASA), is presented...

Giggs shortlisted for ALA Andrew Carnegie Medal

18 November 2020
Australian writer Rebecca Giggs has been shortlisted for the American Library Association's (ALA) 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal for nonfiction for Fathoms: The world in the whale (Scribe). Giggs's consideration of whales...

UQP Writing Mentorship inaugural recipient announced

17 November 2020
UQP and the University of Queensland’s (UQ) School of Communications and Arts have announced that Martine Kropkowski is the inaugural recipient of the UQP Writing Mentorship. Kropkowski will receive editorial...

The Next Chapter 2020 recipients announced

17 November 2020
The Wheeler Centre has announced the recipients of the 2020 Next Chapter grants for developing writers, worth $15,000 each. The 10 recipients are: Sharlene Allsopp (fiction, QLD) Bigoa Chuol (poetry,...

UQP acquires Norman debut story collection 

17 November 2020
University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired ANZ rights to debut short story collection Permafrost by visual artist, performer and writer S J Norman via Curtis Brown. Norman, under the...

HarperCollins acquires Baird book on grace 

16 November 2020
HarperCollins Australia has acquired ANZ rights to Bright Shining by Julia Baird, from Amanda Urban at ICM Partners. Baird's nonfiction book on grace—what it is, what it looks like in our...

New Amplify Bookstore to specialise in BIPOC books

13 November 2020
A new online-only bookshop, launched by masters of publishing and communications students Marina Sano and Jing Xuan Teo, will specialise in books by Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC)...

Cover of new Heiss novel to feature title in Wiradjuri

13 November 2020
Simon & Schuster (S&S) has revealed the cover for Anita Heiss's forthcoming novel Bila Yarrudhang-galang-dhuray (River of Dreams, May 2021). According to Heiss, it is the first Australian commercial fiction release...

Dymocks Book of the Year 2020 shortlist announced

13 November 2020
The shortlist for the 2020 Dymocks Book of the Year has been announced. The six shortlisted books, as voted by Dymocks booksellers across the country, are: All Our Shimmering Skies...

Screen Canberra invests in book-to-screen adaptations

12 November 2020
Adaptations of Peter Papathanasiou's memoir Little One (A&U) and Kaaron Warren's fantasy novel The Grief Hole (IFWG Publishing Australia) are among several projects to receive investment from Screen Canberra. Papathanasiou's...

Leaf Mag launches to demystify book industry

12 November 2020
A new online publication that aims to 'demystify, equitise and diversify' publishing, bookselling, libraries and other book-related work in Australia has been launched by two university students and a recent...