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Magabala acquires Reid’s ‘Our Matriarchs Matter’ 

10 August 2020
Magabala Books has acquired Our Matriarchs Matter by Wiradjuri and Wailwan activist, lawyer and co-founder of Instagram account Blackfulla Bookclub, Teela May Reid. The publisher acquired the work of junior...

A&U announces new crime fiction prize

10 August 2020
Allen & Unwin (A&U) has announced a new prize for an unpublished crime or thriller manuscript, with the winner to receive a publishing contract and advance against royalties of $25,000....

Changes to JobKeeper, Victorian business grants

7 August 2020
Businesses will now only need to show their GST turnover has fallen in the June quarter to qualify for the extended JobKeeper scheme, reports the ABC. Previously businesses needed to...

S&S acquires Rogers autobiography 

7 August 2020
Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired the autobiography of rugby player Mat Rogers. The book, scheduled for Christmas 2021, is the first major acquisition by new S&S nonfiction publisher...

Parritt joins ABA 

6 August 2020
Former Lonely Planet Asia Pacific marketing manager David Parritt has joined the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) as product and member services assistant. The ABA said Parritt brings with him ‘a...

Woodley purchases ALS Library Services 

6 August 2020
Patricia Genat has sold ALS Library Services to managing director Simon Woodley. Genat, who has owned the business for 13 years, said, ‘It was a privilege to own and run...

Queensland Literary Awards 2020 shortlists announced

5 August 2020
The shortlists for the 2020 Queensland Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Queensland Premier's Award for a Work of State Significance ($25,000)    Heartland:...

Wakefield acquires Parker’s ‘Endo Days’ 

5 August 2020
Wakefield Press has acquired world rights to journalist Libby Trainor Parker’s debut nonfiction book, which has the working title Endo Days: Life, love and laughs with endometriosis. Endo Days is...

Melbourne booksellers enter stage four lockdown 

4 August 2020
On Sunday, 2 August Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that the state has enacted a state of disaster due to the continued rise in Covid-19 cases. Subsequently, metropolitan Melbourne has...

Murphy receives inaugural IPEd Janet Mackenzie Medal 

4 August 2020
Elizabeth Manning Murphy has won the inaugural Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) Janet Mackenzie Medal. The award, which honours the late founding member of Editors Victoria and lifetime IPEd member...

NZ Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2020 winners announced

3 August 2020
The 2020 winners of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for New Zealand Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror have been announced The winners include: Best novel—adult The Dawnhounds (Sascha Stronach, Little...

Colin Roderick Award 2020 shortlist announced

3 August 2020
The shortlist for the 2020 Colin Roderick Award, administered by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies at James Cook University, has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Peace (Garry Disher, Text)...

SLV launches ‘6 weeks, 6 issues’ web series

31 July 2020
State Library Victoria (SLV) has launched a new live web series, ‘6 weeks, 6 issues’, featuring Victorian policy experts. CEO Kate Torney will host leaders from the health, education, labour...

Two Victorian library services sign with Civica for Spydus LMS 

31 July 2020
Two of Victoria’s largest metropolitan libraries, Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation (ERLC) and Yarra Plenty Regional Libraries (YPRL)—which between them loaned 9 million items last year—have signed five-year contracts with Civica...

A&U, THA staff return to full-time hours 

29 July 2020
Allen & Unwin (A&U) and Thames & Hudson Australia (THA) have confirmed their staff have returned to full-time hours. In early April A&U announced its ‘precautionary’ decision to temporarily reduce...

Furphy Literary Award 2020 winners announced

29 July 2020
The winners of the inaugural Furphy Literary Award have been announced. Ruby Todd won the $15,000 open category for her short story ‘Awakening’, chosen from a shortlist announced in early...