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Leane wins 2019 Red Room Poetry fellowship

5 April 2019
Wiradjuri poet and writer Jeanine Leane has won the 2019 Red Room Poetry Fellowship. Chosen from a shortlist of 11 poets, Leane receives a $5000 stipend, a $1000 commission to...

Authors, publishers join campaign to resettle Boochani

5 April 2019
A number of prominent Australian writers, publishers and journalists have joined a new campaign calling on the federal government to resettle Manus Island-detainee and award-winning author Behrouz Boochani in Australia....

Griffiths wins 2019 Ernest Scott Prize

5 April 2019
Billy Griffiths has won the 2019 Ernest Scott Prize for history for his book Deep Time Dreaming (Black Inc.). Griffiths book was chosen from a shortlist of four books, announced...

Australians nominated for 2019 Hugo Awards

4 April 2019
Several Australian writers and artists are among the finalists for this year’s Hugo Awards for science-fiction. Australian author Foz Meadows has been named a finalist in the Best Fan Writer...

Scribe acquires ‘major title’ on women of ISIS 

4 April 2019
Scribe has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to The Guest House for Young Widows: the women of ISIS, by journalist, writer and academic Azadeh Moaveni. Scribe publisher Henry Rosenbloom describes...

Storylines National Awards 2019 winners announced

3 April 2019
The Storylines Children’s Literature Trust of New Zealand has announced the 2019 winners of three national awards. The winning entries in each category are: Joy Cowley Award for picture book...

Carey shortlisted for 2019 Walter Scott Prize

3 April 2019
Peter Carey's novel A Long Way From Home (Penguin) has been shortlisted for the UK's Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Set in the 1950s, A Long Way From Home...

Federal government expands asset write-off scheme

3 April 2019
The federal government has proposed an expansion of its ‘instant’ tax deduction threshold for small businesses, increasing the asset threshold from $20,000 to $30,000. The eligibility criteria will also be...

EWF announces 2019 festival ambassadors

2 April 2019
The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has announced the five writers appointed ambassadors for the National Writers’ Conference, which runs from 22-23 June at State Library Victoria. The ambassadors are Katherine...

Thirty Big W stores to close

2 April 2019
Woolworths will close approximately 30 Big W stores over the next three years, following a review of the chain’s 183 stores, reports ABC News. Two distribution centres in regional Queensland...

Hardie Grant acquires Tim Costello memoir 

2 April 2019
Hardie Grant has acquired world rights to a memoir by former CEO of World Vision Australia Tim Costello. The memoir, titled A Lot with a Little, will ‘take readers on...

Hachette acquires new Max Barry novel

1 April 2019
Hachette Australia and Hodder & Stoughton have jointly acquired British Commonwealth rights to a new ‘high-concept’ novel by Max Barry, reports the Bookseller. Hodder & Stoughton associate publisher Oliver Johnson...

ALS Gold Medal 2019 longlist announced

29 March 2019
The longlist for the 2019 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Aqua Spinach (Luke Beesley, Giramondo) Beautiful Revolutionary (Laura Elizabeth Woollett, Scribe) Blakwork...

2019 Ernest Scott Prize shortlist announced

29 March 2019
The shortlist for the 2019 Ernest Scott Prize for History has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Galleries of Maoriland: Artists, Collectors and the Māori World 1880–1910 (Roger Blackley, Auckland University...

Melbourne’s Embiggen Books to close

29 March 2019
Melbourne independent bookshop Embiggen Books will close in June 2019. Co-owners Warren Bonnett and Kirsty Bruce established Embiggen in Noosaville on the Sunshine Coast 12 years go, before moving to Melbourne....

Literature podcasts among award finalists

29 March 2019
The finalists of the 2019 Australian Podcast Awards have been announced. Podcasts in the literature, arts and music category are: Chat 10 Looks 3 Mamamia Book Club The Garret: Writers...

WAYRBA 2019 shortlists announced

29 March 2019
The shortlists for the 2019 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards (WAYRBA) have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Picture books A Bag and a Bird (Pamela...

IPEd announces inaugural ambassadors

29 March 2019
The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) has announced its inaugural ambassadors. The IPEd ambassadors are: Karin Hosking (ACT) Rebecca Harris (Qld) Matthew Sidebotham (ACT) Sophie Dougall (Qld) Hazel Baker (NSW)...

Over 200 attend 2019 Leading Edge Books conference 

27 March 2019
Just over 100 booksellers, more than 100 publishers and suppliers and 35 authors attended this year’s Leading Edge Books (LEB) conference, which was held in Adelaide from 17-19 March. LEB...

Ledden-Lewis wins 2019 Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award

27 March 2019
Bundjalung artist Charmaine Ledden-Lewis has won Magabala Books’ 2019 Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award. A freelance artist based in Blackheath, NSW, Ledden-Lewis receives $10,000, a mentorship and the opportunity to illustrate...