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S&S acquires two books by Heiss 

26 August 2021
Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired two new books by First Nations writer and cultural activist Anita Heiss. The first book is a picture book for young readers about...

WA Premier’s Book Awards announced

26 August 2021
The winners of the 2020 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards have been announced. Chosen from shortlists announced in June, the winners in each category are: Premier’s Prize for an Emerging...

Pantera acquires Scott book on mental health 

25 August 2021
Pantera Press has acquired world rights to The One Thing We’ve Never Spoken About by journalist, writer and presenter Elfy Scott. Scott's debut nonfiction book is, according to the publisher,...

Nielsen: Indies ‘key to supporting local authors’ 

25 August 2021
Nielsen BookScan data prepared for the Australian Booksellers Association shows that Australian authors account for over half of the top 50 fiction bestsellers sold through independent bookshops this year to...

Malwatta wins 2021 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize

25 August 2021
Queensland Poetry has announced that Janaka Malwatta has won the 2021 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for his manuscript blackbirds don’t mate with starlings. Malwatta receives $2000 and a publishing contract...

Ultimo acquires new Featherstone novel 

24 August 2021
Ultimo Press has acquired ANZ rights to My Heart is a Little Wild Thing by Nigel Featherstone, in a deal brokered by Gaby Naher of Left Bank Literary. My Heart...

CBCA Book of the Year 2021 winners announced

20 August 2021
The winners of the 2021 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The winning titles and honour books in each category are: Older...

Morrow appointed Murdoch Books publishing director 

19 August 2021
Allen & Unwin (A&U) has announced that Murdoch Books publisher Jane Morrow has been appointed publishing director of the company, replacing Lou Johnson in the role. A&U said Morrow's 'well-honed...

MWF cancels live events, brings forward MWF Digital

19 August 2021
The organisers of the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF), which was scheduled to run from 3–12 September at various locations across the city, have cancelled the live components of its program....

Aotearoa Booksellers NZ conference postponed 

19 August 2021
The 2021 Aotearoa Booksellers NZ conference, which was due to be held at the Park Hyatt in Auckland this weekend, 21–22 August, has been postponed due to the country’s current...

S&S to expand local editorial team 

18 August 2021
Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) is expanding its local editorial team, with two new full-time editorial positions intended to streamline the publisher’s production.  S&S managing director Dan Ruffino told Books+Publishing...

Queensland literary projects funded

18 August 2021
The University of Queensland will receive $20,000 ‘to provide time and space to emerging writer Ellen van Neerven for their creative development of new work enhanced by access to unique...

Nielsen launches local ebook sales tracking service 

17 August 2021
Nielsen Book Australia has launched a new ebook sales tracking service. Collecting ebook sales data directly from publishers, PubTrack Digital Australia & New Zealand is, according to Nielsen, ‘the first...

SLQ 2021 Young Writers Award winner announced

17 August 2021
The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has announced that Ellen Vickerman is the winner of the 2021 Young Writers Award. Vickerman wins a $2000 cash prize for her story 'Sun...

NZ Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize shortlist announced

16 August 2021
Hachette Aotearoa NZ and the Margaret Mahy estate have announced the shortlist for the Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize. The shortlisted illustrators are: Elizabeth Knowles Tara Southgate Sarah Trolle Jessica Twohill...

Lockdowns hit print book sales 

16 August 2021
Simultaneous lockdowns across several states have led to year-on-year declines in both value and volume of print books in recent months, according to Nielsen Book Australia. While the print book...

PANZ 2021 conference program announced

13 August 2021
The program for the Publishers Association of New Zealand Te Rau o Tākupu (PANZ) International Conference, to be held in Auckland on 20 August, has been announced. The program of...

Hardie Grant North America appoints publisher 

13 August 2021
Jenny Wapner will join Hardie Grant North America in the newly created role of publisher. She will be based in San Francisco, where the publisher’s North American marketing team is...

Larrikin House acquires Freeman picture book 

12 August 2021
Larrikin House has acquired worldwide rights to children’s picture book The Heartbeat of the Land by Cathy Freeman. The publisher says the book is ‘a poignant call for environmental action...

Giramondo partners with RMIT to launch Speculate Prize

12 August 2021
RMIT University has announced it will partner with Giramondo Publishing to launch the Speculate Prize, a new trans-Tasman award for an unpublished speculative fiction manuscript. The biennial prize aims to...

Stanner Award 2021 finalists announced

11 August 2021
The shortlist for the 2021 Stanner Award has been announced. Presented every two years by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), the award is for...