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Parrett’s ‘There Was Still Love’ sold to UK 

17 September 2019
Martin Shaw of Alex Adsett Publishing Services has sold UK and Commonwealth rights to Favel Parrett’s third novel, There Was Still Love (Hachette), to Francine Toon at Sceptre, Hodder &...

Ngaio Marsh Award 2019 winners announced

16 September 2019
New Zealand writer Fiona Kidman has won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel for This Mortal Boy (RHNZ Vintage). The story recreates the life of young Belfast immigrant...

A&U, Wavesound to partner on audiobooks

16 September 2019
The majority of new Allen & Unwin titles will be produced as audiobooks under a new partnership between the publisher and Wavesound. The co-publishing program will initially see A&U and...

Walker acquires Neridah McMullin picture book 

16 September 2019
Walker Books Australia has acquired world rights to a new picture book by Neridah McMullin called The Drover. Based a true story, the book follows a young female drover as...

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2019 shortlists announced

13 September 2019
The shortlists for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction A Stolen Season (Rodney Hall, Picador) Beautiful Revolutionary (Laura Elizabeth...

BWF: YA, women authors top bestsellers

13 September 2019
The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) bookshop recorded a 5.9 percent growth in sales at the Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) bookstore from the previous year, thanks to ‘the strong six-day...

Dechian wins 2019 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

12 September 2019
Victoria-based writer Sonja Dechian has won the Australian Book Review’s (ABR) 2019 Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for her story ‘The Point-Blank Murder’. The judges said of the winning story: 'At...

The Children’s Bookshop to close in November

11 September 2019
The Children’s Bookshop in the Sydney suburb of Beecroft will close at the end of November. The shop opened in 1971 and has been owned by Paul Macdonald for the...

Walker to distribute new UK children’s publisher in ANZ

11 September 2019
A new UK-based independent children’s publisher will launch in 2020, with Walker Books Australia to handle local distribution. Australian ex-pat Rachel Williams and colleague Jenny Broom will launch Magic Cat...

Foulcher wins 2019 ACU poetry prize

11 September 2019
Canberra-based poet John Foulcher has won the 2019 Australian Catholic University (ACU) Prize for Poetry, worth $10,000, for his poem ‘Revising Casuarinas’. Geoff Page received $5000 as the runner-up for...

Booktique Merimbula to close 

10 September 2019
The owner of Booktique Merimbula on the New South Wales Far South Coast won’t renew the shop's lease from September. Hope Davis told Books+Publishing the town’s high rents, a challenging...

Australian Centre Literary Awards 2019 winners announced

10 September 2019
The winners of the University of Melbourne’s Australian Centre Literary Awards have been announced. Ellen van Neerven won the $15,000 Peter Blazey Fellowship, named in memory of journalist, author and...

Richell Prize 2019 longlist announced

9 September 2019
Hachette Australia and the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) have announced the longlist for the 2019 Richell Prize for emerging writers. The longlisted works are: ‘Where the Lost Boys Go’ (Sarah...

‘The Teacher’s Pet’ wins 2019 Danger Prize

9 September 2019
Australian journalist Hedley Thomas’ podcast The Teacher’s Pet has won the 2019 Danger Prize, awarded for the best book, film, podcast or TV drama about Sydney and crime. Open to...

Winners of the Ned Kelly Awards 2019 announced

9 September 2019
The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the winners for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for Australian crime writing. The winning titles in each category are: Best first fiction...

Vavilova wins 2019 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award

9 September 2019
Tanya Vavilova has won the 2019 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award for her short story collection Grub. Author and prize judge Moya Costello described Grub as ‘astonishingly outside of realism—vividly...

Meyer to leave Echo 

5 September 2019
Echo publisher Angela Meyer is leaving the company to pursue a career in writing and freelance editing. Meyer joined Echo as commissioning editor in 2014 and was promoted to publisher...

‘The Trespassers’ TV adaptation in development

5 September 2019
A TV adaptation of Meg Mundell’s novel The Trespassers (UQP) is being developed by Triptych Pictures and production company Fremantle. The screen rights were optioned via Alex Adsett Publishing Services...

Educational Publishing Awards 2019 winners announced

5 September 2019
The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced the winners of the 2019 Educational Publishing Awards Australia (EPAA). For the second year in a row, Promoting Literacy Development was named Primary...