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The Big Issue announces 2019 fiction edition line-up

7 August 2019
The Big Issue has announced the writers who will feature in its annual fiction edition. The edition will feature stories from five commissioned writers: Heather Rose, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Mark...

Harlequin announces shortlist for First Nations Fellowship

7 August 2019
Harlequin has announced the shortlist for the 2019 First Nations Fellowship for commercial fiction. The shortlisted writers and titles are: Julie Janson for ‘Desert Lands’  Melanie Saward for ‘Barks and the City’...

Program announced for 2019 Blak & Bright festival

7 August 2019
The program for this year’s Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival, to be held in Melbourne from 5-8 September, has been announced. More than 60 First Nations writers and...

Most Underrated Book Award 2019 shortlist announced

7 August 2019
The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA). The shortlisted titles are: Brontide (Sue McPherson, Magabala) Antidote to a Curse (James...

Colin Roderick Award 2019 longlist announced

5 August 2019
The longlist for this year’s Colin Roderick Award, administered by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies at James Cook University, has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Sun Music: New...

The Little Book Nook opens on the Sunshine Coast 

5 August 2019
A new bookshop specialising in children’s titles has opened in Queensland's Sunshine Coast suburb of Palmwoods. The Little Book Nook is owned and run by Kay Nixon, who has worked...

Morris shortlisted for Glass Bell Award

2 August 2019
In the UK, Heather Morris’ The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Echo) has been shortlisted for the Glass Bell Award. Selected from a longlist of 12, the shortlisted titles are: Our House (Louise Candlish,...

Liminal Fiction Prize longlist announced

2 August 2019
Liminal magazine has announced the longlist for the inaugural Liminal Fiction Prize. The longlisted authors and their works are: Bryant Apolonio, for ‘Bad Weather’ Kasumi Borczyk, for ‘Cheese Me Please’...

‘Too Much Lip’ optioned for screen adaptation

1 August 2019
Melissa Lucashenko’s Miles Franklin Literary Award-winning novel Too Much Lip (UQP) has been optioned for screen by production company Cenozoic Pictures. The deal, which was negotiated by Lucashenko’s agent Alex...

Ngaio Marsh Award 2019 shortlist announced

1 August 2019
The shortlist for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Award for New Zealand crime fiction has been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Best crime novel This Mortal Boy (Fiona Kidman,...

Boyd to retire as HarperCollins CFO 

31 July 2019
HarperCollins ANZ chief financial officer Malcolm Boyd will retire in October after 32 years with the company. Boyd was appointed financial controller of Williams Collins in 1987 and later, as...

NT Literary Awards 2019 winners announced

31 July 2019
The winners of this year’s Northern Territory Literary Awards have been announced. The winners in each category are: Short story award ($1000) ‘Centring’, by Glen Hunting Poetry award ($1000) ‘Lyapirtneme/No...

Lindfield Bookshop & Children’s Bookshop to close 

30 July 2019
Lindfield Bookshop & Children’s Bookshop in Sydney’s North Shore will close at the end of August after 46 years of operation. Owner Scott Whitmont said it’s with ‘considerable sadness’ that...

Disher’s ‘Bitter Wash Road’ optioned for screen

30 July 2019
Producers Helen Leake and Gena Ashwell of Adelaide-based production company Dancing Road Productions have optioned the screen rights to Garry Disher’s Bitter Wash Road (Text), via Jenny Darling & Associates. First published in 2013,...

WA Premier’s Book Awards winners announced

29 July 2019
The winners of this year’s Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each category are: Premier’s Prize for an emerging writer ($15,000) The Sky Runs...

Berbay to expand publishing program in 2020 

29 July 2019
Melbourne-based children’s publisher Berbay Books will double its publishing list from eight to 16 titles in 2020, as well as publishing its first graphic novel, chapter book and junior fiction...

Baskin wins industry recognition award at ORIAs

26 July 2019
Booktopia deputy CEO and CTO Wayne Baskin has won in the industry recognition category at the 2019 Online Retail Industry Awards (ORIAs). Booktopia was nominated for the best pureplay retailer...

PANZ Book Design Awards 2019 winners announced

26 July 2019
The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has announced the winners of the 2019 Book Design Awards. Tatau: A History of Sāmoan Tattooing (Sean Mallon & Sébastien Galliot, Te Papa Press),...

PRH acquires debut thriller in two-book deal

26 July 2019
Penguin Random House Australia has acquired world rights to Tasmanian author Kyle Perry’s crime/suspense thriller debut, The Bluffs, in a two-book deal with the Nash Agency. Set in the Tasmanian...

Ned Kelly Awards 2019 longlists announced

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