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Folio Books announces closure

3 August 2021
The owners of Brisbane bookshop Folio Books have announced it will not reopen ‘for the foreseeable future’. Folio Books, which opened in Elizabeth Street in 1979, was most recently located...

Age Book of the Year 2021 shortlist announced

2 August 2021
The shortlist for the revived Age Book of the Year has been announced. The seven works of fiction in the running for the $10,000 prize are: The Rain Heron (Robbie...

Kuracca Prize 2021 winner announced

30 July 2021
The winner and runners up in the inaugural Kuracca Prize for Australian Literature have been announced. Chosen from a longlist of 12 authors, Adam Brannigan won the $5000 prize for...

PRH acquires Chadderton middle-grade graphic novel 

29 July 2021
Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia has acquired world rights to the contemporary middle-grade graphic novel Oh, Brother by Adelaide author-illustrator Georgina Chadderton. Rights were acquired in a joint deal between PRH...

New FNAWN writers residency, masterclasses

29 July 2021
The First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN) has developed a new writers residency with the Regional Council of Goyder in South Australia. Due to current recent and ongoing Covid-19 lockdowns,...

MWF 2021 full program launched

29 July 2021
The program for the 2021 Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF), which will run from 3–12 September, has been announced. In its 35th year, MWF will bring together celebrated figures in fiction,...

RAFFWU reports in principle agreement with BRTD 

28 July 2021
Better Read Than Dead (BRTD) management and members of the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU) at the Newtown bookshop have reached an in principle agreement following union members’...

Ned Kelly Awards 2021 shortlists announced

28 July 2021
The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the shortlist for the 2021 Ned Kelly Awards. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Best crime fiction Consolation (Garry Disher, Text)...

QBD Books to open new WA store 

28 July 2021
QBD Books has announced it will be opening a new store in the Perth suburb of Midland. The new store is part of QBD's plan to continue its national expansion,...

New Collins store Our Bookshop to open in Hawksburn 

28 July 2021
Collins Booksellers has announced the establishment of Our Bookshop in Hawksburn, Melbourne. The new store will be located in the former premises of My Bookshop, which owner Corrie Perkin recently...

Taylor, Wasley receive 2022 KSP residencies

27 July 2021
The Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Writers’ Centre in the Perth Hills has announced Josephine Taylor as its 2022 Emerging Writer-in-Residence and Sasha Wasley as its Established Writer-in-Residence. KSP’s residency program...

Mary Gilmore Award 2021 shortlist announced

27 July 2021
The shortlist for the 2021 Mary Gilmore Award, for the best first book of poetry published in the previous year, has been announced. The shortlisted books are: Cadaver Dog (Luke...

Davitt Awards 2021 shortlists announced

26 July 2021
Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the shortlists for the 2021 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. The titles shortlisted in each category are:  Adult crime...

Furphy Literary Award 2021 shortlists announced

23 July 2021
The shortlists for this year’s Furphy Literary Award has been announced. The shortlisted stories and writers in the open category are: ‘in vitro’ by Christine Fontana ‘Oranges’ by Thomas Alan...

Scarlet Stilettos offer record prize money in 2021

22 July 2021
Sisters in Crime Australia's annual Scarlet Stiletto Awards are offering a record $11,910 in prize money this year. The competition, for short crime and mystery stories by women writers, has...

S&S acquires two McAlister rom-coms 

22 July 2021
Simon & Schuster Australia has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to two adult novels by Jodi McAlister, author of the YA series 'Valentine', via Alex Adsett from Alex Adsett Literary....