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Gardiner’s ‘Goddess’ optioned for screen

25 March 2021
Kelly Gardiner’s 2014 historical novel Goddess (HarperCollins) has been optioned for the screen by Deux Dames Entertainment and Black Magic, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Deux Dames Entertainment was founded...

Ultimo acquires latest Chandran novel 

25 March 2021
Ultimo Press has acquired ANZ rights to Shankari Chandran's third novel Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens, via Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown. Chandran's novel is set in a nursing home...

Stella Prize 2021 shortlist announced

25 March 2021
The shortlist for the 2021 Stella Prize, worth $50,000, has been announced. The six shortlisted books are: Fathoms: The world in the whale (Rebecca Giggs, Scribe) Revenge: Murder in Three Parts (S...

Inaugural Poetry Month set for August

22 March 2021
Red Room Poetry will present the inaugural Poetry Month in August this year. The program will include daily poetic commissions by high-profile poets, a poetry-meets-songwriting competition, an international First Nations...

Push for EBA at Readings

22 March 2021
The Retail and Fast Food Workers Union, representing staff at the Readings bookselling chain in Melbourne requesting an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA), has approached the company to open negotiations for...

Imlah leaves Pan Macmillan 

22 March 2021
Picador publisher Mathilda Imlah has left the role to move to Melbourne. Imlah was promoted from commissioning editor at Pan Macmillan to publisher of the Picador imprint in 2017. Before...

Hachette Aotearoa New Zealand name change

19 March 2021
Hachette New Zealand has announced its name change to Hachette Aotearoa New Zealand. ‘Hachette Aotearoa New Zealand acknowledges the whakapapa of the country we live in and the groundswell of...

Papathanasiou debut novel sells to MacLehose Press 

18 March 2021
Transit Lounge has sold world English-language rights (ex North America/ANZ) to Peter Papathanasiou's forthcoming debut novel The Stoning to Katharina Bielenberg at MacLehose Press/Quercus, in a deal brokered by Martin...

Scribd launches in Australia

17 March 2021
US-based reading subscription service Scribd has launched in Australia. The platform, which charges $13.99 per month for unlimited access, offers access to two million ebooks and over a million audiobook...

Text signs Sheppard in two-book deal 

17 March 2021
Text Publishing has acquired world rights to The Brink, the second YA novel by Holden Sheppard, in a two-book deal via Gaby Naher of Left Bank Literary Agency. The Brink follows a...

Madden to deliver BookUp keynote

16 March 2021
Social researcher Claire Madden will deliver a presentation on future Australian demographic trends as the keynote at the Australian Publisher’s Association’s BookUp conference, which will run online and in-person in...

Vucic awarded 2021 Kat Muscat Fellowship

15 March 2021
Dženana Vucic, a Bosnian-Australian writer, editor, critic and 2020 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow, is the recipient of the 2021 Kat Muscat Fellowship, which ‘offers support and development to a...

Penguin Literary Prize 2021 shortlist announced

12 March 2021
Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia has announced the shortlist for the 2021 Penguin Literary Prize, worth $20,000. The shortlisted writers are: Jane Carrick, for ‘So Far No Father’ Alicia Carter, for ‘Songs...

Wheeler Centre to receive federal Covid funding 

12 March 2021
The Wheeler Centre is among four arts organisations who will receive funding under the second batch of the federal government’s $35 million Covid-19 Arts Sustainability Fund, designed to assist significant...

SWF 2021 program announced

12 March 2021
The program for the 2021 Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) program has been released. The festival, which runs from Monday, 26 April to Sunday, 2 May, will host 231 live events...

Auckland Writers Festival program announced

Auckland Writers Festival logo 11 March 2021
The program for the 2021 Auckland Writers Festival, which runs from 11–16 May, has been announced. In-person guests include fantasy writer Neil Gaiman and his partner, singer and author Amanda...

Ultimo acquires Moore-Gilbert memoir 

11 March 2021
Ultimo Press has acquired world rights to Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s memoir, in a joint venture with James Erskine at Sports & Entertainment Ltd. Australian–British academic Moore-Gilbert was imprisoned for 804 days...