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OverDrive acquires RBmedia’s library business

29 June 2020
Library provider OverDrive has announced it is acquiring RBmedia’s library business. The deal will see OverDrive acquire the RBdigital platform in the UK, US and Australia. RBmedia's other businesses, including...

Van Neerven, Sakr to host new UQP poetry podcast 

29 June 2020
The University of Queensland Press (UQP) will launch its new monthly poetry podcast Extraordinary Voices for Extraordinary Times on 10 July. The podcast, supported by Copyright Agency funding, will be...

Hachette acquires two new Lester books

26 June 2020
Hachette has acquired ANZ rights to two books by Natasha Lester to be published in 2022 and 2023. Hachette Australia acquired local rights as part of a global deal made...

ABA 2020 Bookseller of the Year shortlists announced

25 June 2020
The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the shortlists for 2020 ABA Bookseller of the Year. The shortlisted booksellers in each category are: Bookseller of the Year Michael Earp, The...

Taylor & Francis acquires A&U academic lists 

24 June 2020
Taylor & Francis Books has acquired Allen & Unwin’s (A&U) academic and professional books lists, which represent over 700 titles in the humanities and social science disciplines. In a statement,...

Hardie Grant acquires Ablett autobiography

24 June 2020
Hardie Grant Books has acquired world rights to AFL player Gary Ablett Jr’s autobiography. The fully illustrated book will include guest chapters from his father Gary Ablett Sr, Geelong captain...

Footprint Books to close

23 June 2020
Distributor Footprint Books has announced it is closing at the end of October 2020. 'It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of Footprint Books,' co-director Kate O'Reilly...

White departs UWA Publishing 

Terri-ann White 19 June 2020
UWA Publishing director Terri-ann White has left the publisher after 14 years, as the future direction of the organisation remains unconfirmed. ‘I finished my fourteen years as publisher at UWA...

Tan wins 2020 Kate Greenaway Medal

18 June 2020
In the UK, Australian artist and author Shaun Tan has won the 2020 Kate Greenaway Medal for distinguished illustration in a book for children and young people for his picture...

Sales of Bluey books hit 1 million copies

18 June 2020
Sales of Bluey children's books have reached 1 million copies in Australia, the series’ publisher Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has announced. The first three Bluey titles, which launched in...

Juchau wins 2020 Walkley-Pascall Prize for arts criticism

18 June 2020
Novelist, essayist and critic Mireille Juchau has won the 2020 Pascall Prize for arts criticism for her essays ‘How Dreams Change Under Authoritarianism’ (The New Yorker), 'Twilight Knowing: Jenny Offill’s...

Hachette acquires Lau’s ‘Gunk Baby’ 

18 June 2020
Hachette Australia has acquired ANZ rights to the novel Gunk Baby by Jamie Marina Lau. Hachette head of literary Robert Watkins said he is excited to be publishing the novel,...

Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020 shortlist announced

17 June 2020
The shortlist for the $60,000 Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020 has been announced. The six longlisted novels are: The White Girl (Tony Birch, UQP) Islands (Peggy Frew, A&U) No One (John Hughes, UWA...

Billie B Brown optioned for TV

17 June 2020
Fremantle and development partner 720 Creative have acquired screen rights to the children’s book character Billie B Brown, from the junior fiction series written by Sally Rippin, illustrated by Aki...

Pantera Press Foundation donates $85k in FY2020

17 June 2020
Pantera Press has announced the company has donated $85,000 via the Pantera Press Foundation this financial year. Its donations include a total of $70,000 in untied funding to arts organisations...

Creative Vic Sustaining Creative Workers grants announced

17 June 2020
Creative Victoria has announced the first recipients of its Sustaining Creative Workers initiative, created as part of the Victorian Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Initially announced in April as...

Latest ArtsACT grant recipients announced

16 June 2020
ArtsACT has announced the successful recipients of its Homefront funding round, which was developed to support individual artists in response to the impact of Covid-19 on the arts sector. Funding...