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Transit Lounge acquires Bacon short story collection 

26 February 2021
Transit Lounge has acquired world rights to Eugen Bacon’s short story collection Danged Black Thing. Bacon is an African-Australian computer scientist and writer of speculative fiction, whose previous titles have...

Wakefield acquires Roff debut short fiction collection 

25 February 2021
Wakefield Press has acquired world rights to the debut short fiction collection, provisionally titled Third Heaven, by Adelaide writer Andrew Roff, via Martin Shaw of Shaw Literary. ‘Roff’s daring, irreverent...

ARRA 2020 finalists announced

25 February 2021
The finalists for the 2020 Australian Romance Readers Association's (ARRA) annual awards have been announced. The finalists in each category are: Favourite paranormal romance Alpha Night (Nalini Singh, Gollancz) Famine...

UQP acquires Atkins picture book 

25 February 2021
University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired world rights to Egg, the first picture book by YA author Clare Atkins. A ‘multi-layered picture book with thought-provoking metaphors around environment, generational...

Griffiths appointed HarperCollins sales director 

24 February 2021
HarperCollins has appointed Karen-Maree Griffiths to the position of sales director, replacing Darren Kelly in the role. ‘We are delighted to welcome Karen-Maree back to HarperCollins,' said CEO said Jim...

CBCA 2021 Notable Books announced

24 February 2021
The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its list of Notable Books for 2021. The books in each category are: Older readers The F Team (Rawah Arja, Giramondo)...

Australians longlisted for 2021 Walter Scott Prize

23 February 2021
Four Australian authors have been longlisted for the UK's £25,000 (A$44,440) Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Steven Conte was longlisted for The Tolstoy Estate, K M Kruimink for A...

Pantera acquires Fa’Aoso memoir 

23 February 2021
Pantera Press has acquired world rights to the debut memoir by actor and former professional footballer Aaron Fa'Aoso in a six-figure pre-empt from Danielle Binks at Jacinta di Mase Management....

Williams wins 2021 MUD Literary Prize

23 February 2021
The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams (Affirm Press) has won the fourth annual MUD Literary Prize. Presented annually for the best debut literary novel by an Australian writer,...

Scribner acquires Haigh Evatt history 

23 February 2021
Under its Scribner imprint Simon & Schuster Australia has acquired world rights to The Brilliant Boy: Doc Evatt and the great Australian dissent, a new work of history by Gideon...

S&S acquires historical fiction debut 

23 February 2021
Simon & Schuster (S&S) has acquired world rights to The Understudy, a historical fiction debut by Julie Bennett. ‘The Understudy is set in 1973, the year the Opera House opened....

Australian Book Design Awards 2021 longlists announced

22 February 2021
The longlists for the Australian Book Design Awards, presented by the Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA), have been announced. Longlisted titles in some of the categories are: Best Designed Commercial...

ABIA 2021 longlists announced

22 February 2021
The longlists for the 2021 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced. The titles in each category are: General fiction book of the year The Bluffs (Kyle Perry, Michael...

Kelly departs HarperCollins 

19 February 2021
HarperCollins Australia has announced the departure of sales director Darren Kelly, after nine years in the role. HarperCollins ANZ CEO Jim Demetriou said, ‘Darren has been an amazing advocate for...

WAYRBA 2021 shortlists announced

18 February 2021
The shortlists for the 2021 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards (WAYRBA) have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Picture books Pig the Blob (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic) Twelve...

Inaugural Little Hare Illustration Prize winner announced

17 February 2021
Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing (HGCP) has announced Meg Rennie as the winner of the inaugural 2020 Little Hare Illustration Prize. ‘Meg’s artwork enchanted the judging panel with her vivacious character...

HarperCollins acquires two Foster novels 

17 February 2021
HarperCollins Australia has acquired ANZ rights to two new novels by Sara Foster, via Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown in a ‘fiercely contested’ auction. The first title, The Hush, ‘is...

HarperCollins acquires Cowell novel ‘Plum’ 

16 February 2021
HarperCollins Australia has acquired ANZ rights to Plum, a new novel by writer, actor and director Brendan Cowell. Plum tells the story of Peter ‘The Plum’ Lum, a 48-year-old ex-NRL...

Avid Reader fundraising for shop mural 

15 February 2021
Brisbane's Avid Reader has partnered with arts organisation Chrysalis Projects 4101 and Aboriginal artist Vernon Ah Kee to create a proposed mural on the side of the bookshop's West End...

A&U acquires Agnew science debut 

12 February 2021
Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired ANZ rights to a debut nonfiction book by Bachelor star Matt Agnew. Agnew, an astrophysicist, will explore the search for life in the solar...

S&S acquires Zonfrillo memoir 

12 February 2021
Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired the autobiography of chef and MasterChef Australia judge, Jock Zonfrillo. Zonfrillo’s memoir will tell the story of his troubled adolescence growing up in...