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New appointments to Hachette ANZ board 

27 November 2019
Hachette Australia and New Zealand (HANZ) has made a number of new appointments to its board, effective 1 January next year. Among the appointments are Emma Rusher, who will officially...

Dr Karl awarded UNESCO Kalinga Prize

25 November 2019
The United Nations has awarded Karl Kruszelnicki, popularly known as Dr Karl, the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularisation of Science at the World Science Forum in Budapest, Hungary. He...

Matt Okine’s debut novel to be adapted for film

25 November 2019
Sydney-based production company Aquarius Films has acquired film rights to comedian Matt Okine’s debut novel Being Black 'N Chicken, & Chips (Hachette), reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Principal producer Angie...

Black Inc. sells ‘The Motivation Hoax’ to UK 

22 November 2019
Black Inc. has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (ex ANZ) to James Adonis’ The Motivation Hoax: A smart person’s guide to inspirational nonsense (Nero) to The History Press. The History Press,...

Hardy to step down as MWF artistic director

22 November 2019
Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) artistic director Marieke Hardy has announced she will leave her role ahead of the 2020 festival, after completing two years of a three-year contract. Hardy advised...

‘Songwoman’ wins 2019 Most Underrated Book Award

22 November 2019
Ilka Tampke’s second novel Songwoman (Text) has won the Small Press Network’s (SPN) Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA) for 2019. Songwoman is a sequel to Tampke’s debut novel Skin (Text), published...

Hardie Grant Reconciliation Action Plan endorsed

21 November 2019
Reconciliation Australia has endorsed Hardie Grant’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which sets a path for the company to work towards reconciliation and constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

ABC Books acquires Tilley memoir in six-figure deal 

20 November 2019
ABC Books has acquired world rights to radio broadcaster Tom Tilley’s coming-of-age memoir Speaking in Tongues, in a six-figure deal via the Fordham Company. Tilley will step down as host...

Broadside festival: Garner tops bestsellers 

20 November 2019
More than 16,000 people attended the inaugural Broadside festival on 9–10 November at the Melbourne Town Hall. Run by the Wheeler Centre, the festival featured international guests including UK author...

HarperCollins launches new prize for YA, middle-grade

19 November 2019
HarperCollins Children’s Books Australia has launched a new prize for middle-grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, called the Matilda Children’s Literature Prize. The winner of the annual prize will...

Voss Literary Prize 2019 shortlist announced

19 November 2019
The shortlist for the 2019 Voss Literary Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Book of Colours (Robyn Cadwallader, Fourth Estate) The Making of Martin Sparrow (Peter Cochrane, Viking)...

Pickard announced as new ASA chair 

19 November 2019
Nicholas Pickard has been announced as the new chair of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA), succeeding Christopher Pash who will continue as a member of the board. Pickard is...

Horne Prize 2019 shortlist announced

18 November 2019
The shortlist for the $15,000 Horne Prize for narrative nonfiction has been announced. The shortlisted writers are: Claire G Coleman for ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’, on the prolonged suffering of...

De Zilva wins 2019 Deakin University Nonfiction Prize

18 November 2019
Olivia De Zilva has won the 2019 Deakin University Nonfiction Prize for ‘Let’s Eat 食飯!’. De Zilva described ‘Let’s Eat 食飯!’ as ‘an ode to my wonderful family’. ‘Let’s Eat...

Kat Muscat Fellowship increases to $5000

18 November 2019
The value of Express Media's annual Kat Muscat Fellowship has increased from $3000 to $5000. The fellowship, named in honour of the late writer and Voiceworks editor Kat Muscat, offers...

Albiston wins 2019 Patrick White Award

18 November 2019
Melbourne-based poet Jordie Albiston has been named the winner of the $20,000 Patrick White Literary Award for 2019. The annual award was established by Patrick White using the proceeds of...

HarperCollins to publish new Dalton novel in June 2020

Photo of author Trent Dalton credit Lyndon Mechielsen 15 November 2019
HarperCollins Australia will publish Trent Dalton’s second novel All Our Shimmering Skies in June 2020. Set in Darwin in 1942, All Our Shimmering Skies follows ‘motherless Molly Hook, the gravedigger’s...