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Big Sky Publishing lands 17-book US deal   

21 March 2019
Big Sky Publishing has sold North American and US territories rights to 17 children’s books to independent educational publishing house Rosen Publishing. The deal includes the picture book Cat Spies...

Big Sky Publishing’s newest rights opportunities

21 March 2019
New and upcoming titles from Big Sky Publishing include gripping YA historical fiction Hadamar: The House of Shudders, in which true-crime author and historian Jason Foster brings to light little-known...

Local voices on a global stage

21 March 2019
Two recent international rights successes for children’s books by Indigenous authors—Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina’s YA novel Catching Teller Crow (Allen & Unwin) selling into the UK and US, and a...

NewSouth Books’ newest rights opportunities

15 March 2019
New and upcoming titles from NewSouth include The Thinking Woman, in which Julienne van Loon engages with the work of six leading contemporary thinkers and writers to discover what it...

Oz crime debut sold to UK publisher in two-book deal

15 March 2019
Australian crime-fiction continues its globetrotting ways. UK publisher Verve Books has recently acquired world rights to the Debut Dagger-shortlisted crime novel Trust Me, I’m Dead and a second novel by...

Small presses dominate Stella Prize shortlist

15 March 2019
The shortlist for the Stella Prize for Australian women’s writing was announced on International Women’s Day last week. Four of the six titles are published by small, independent presses—Jamie Marina...

Helen Garner wins Lifetime Achievement award

15 March 2019
Helen Garner has won the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. Garner is the author of more than 14 books of fiction and nonfiction, including Monkey Grip, The...

Bologna bound

21 February 2019
Eleven independent publishers, 15 children's book creators and one children’s laureate will set up shop at the collective Australian stand at this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The publishers represented...

Awards attention for ‘Catching Teller Crow’

21 February 2019
Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina’s YA novel Catching Teller Crow (Allen & Unwin) has won a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and received a shortlisting for the Indie Book Awards. The YA...

Fremantle Press’ newest rights opportunities

21 February 2019
Fremantle Press specialises in books by new and emerging Western Australian writers and artists, and has a thriving children’s and YA list. Its forthcoming titles include the picture books Rodney...

What’s new at Fremantle Press

21 February 2019
Fremantle Press specialises in books by new and emerging Western Australian writers and artists, and has a thriving children’s and YA list. CEO Jane Fraser spoke to Think Australian about...

Multiple deals for Berbay

21 February 2019
Berbay Publishing has announced multiple rights deals over the past few months. The children’s publisher has sold North American and UK rights to Colours and two further board books by...

Brow Books’ newest rights opportunities

14 February 2019
Brow Books’ newest titles include Mandy Ord’s nonfiction graphic memoir When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over, visual artist Mary Leunig’s first book in 25 years One Good Turn, and...

What’s selling down under

14 February 2019
A guide to household finance has topped the bestsellers chart in Australia for the second year running, with nearly one million Australians now owning a copy of financial commentator and...

Asylum seeker wins major literary award

14 February 2019
Writer, journalist and Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani, currently detained on Manus Island as part of the Australian government’s offshore detention policy for asylum seekers, has won the $100,000 Victorian Prize...

Tumarkin’s prize-winning ‘Axiomatic’ sold to US

14 February 2019
Brow Books has sold North American and Spanish-language rights to Maria Tumarkin’s prize-winning nonfiction book Axiomatic—a ‘boundary-shifting fusion of thinking, storytelling, reportage and meditation’—to Transit Books and Editorial Minúscula, respectively....

Baz & Benz (Heidi McKinnon, A&U) 

7 February 2019
The titular Baz and Benz are a pair of owls: a small blue one and a larger green one. At the start of the book, they agree wholeheartedly that they...

52 Mondays (Anna Ciddor, A&U) 

7 February 2019
52 Mondays is the latest middle-grade novel from Anna Ciddor, written in the same classic storytelling tradition as her previous work, The Family with Two Front Doors. A fictionalised account...

Catch a Falling Star (Meg McKinlay, Walker Books)

7 February 2019
It’s the late 1970s in rural Western Australia, and 12-year-old Frankie’s life isn’t always easy. Her mother works all the time, so Frankie looks after her very smart but not...

You Must Be Layla (Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Penguin)

7 February 2019
Thirteen-year-old Layla has landed a scholarship at a prestigious private school where no one looks like her. She’s a creative kid who loves singing and making jewellery, but many of...

Exploded View (Carrie Tiffany, Text) 

1 February 2019
The name of Carrie Tiffany’s third book, Exploded View, refers to the type of diagram found in technical manuals that shows the spaces between each individual part and how they...