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The Lost Soul Atlas (Zana Fraillon, Lothian) 

27 May 2020
The Lost Soul Atlas marks Zana Fraillon’s triumphant return to middle-grade after a stint writing YA and picture books, with Fraillon once again tackling significant social issues in this exploration...

Paterson wins 2020 Text Prize for ‘Rainfish’

21 May 2020
Far North Queensland-based writer and doctor Andrew Paterson has won the 2020 Text Prize for his middle-grade novel Rainfish. Rainfish tells the story of Aaron, who lives with his single...

Text Prize 2020 shortlist announced

13 May 2020
The shortlist for the $10,000 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing has been announced. The seven shortlisted manuscripts are: 'Therefore I Am' by Miranda Luby, which follows Sarah,...

Five ANZ publishers nominated for Bologna Prize

20 April 2020
Australian publishers Affirm Press, Hardie Grant Egmont and Windy Hollow Books, and New Zealand's Huia Publishers and Oratia Media, have been shortlisted for the 2020 Bologna Prize for Best Children’s...

Barker launches rights agency for children’s and YA 

8 April 2020
Former rights director and managing director at Hardie Grant Egmont Annabel Barker has launched a literary and rights agency, specialising in children’s writing and illustration. Annabel Barker Agency will sell...

CBCA Awards 2020 shortlists announced

31 March 2020
The shortlists for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Older readers The Boy Who Steals Houses...

S&S pulls UK, US staff from Bologna

10 March 2020
Staff from the UK and US divisions of Simon & Schuster (S&S) won’t attend the rescheduled Bologna Children’s Book Fair in May, reports Publishers Weekly. Last month, the fair was postponed...

Wild honoured for Lifetime Achievement in Literature

10 March 2020
Australian children's author Margaret Wild has won the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. The award ‘acknowledges the achievements of eminent literary writers over the age of 60...

Bell appointed publisher at A&U 

10 March 2020
Davina Bell has been appointed publisher at Allen & Unwin (A&U), where she will work in the children and young adult division. ‘Davina’s passion, energy and enthusiasm will make her...

Affirm acquires picture book by Godwin, Lester 

27 February 2020
Affirm Press has acquired the rights to Sing me the Summer, a picture book written by publisher and author Jane Godwin and illustrated by Alison Lester. The book, which ‘celebrates...

CBCA 2020 Notable Books announced

26 February 2020
The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its list of Notable Books for 2020. The books in each category are: Older readers The Man in the Water (David...

MWF to cut artist numbers for 2020 schools program

21 February 2020
Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) plans to reduce the number of artists appearing in its 2020 schools program, reports the Age. While more than 60 artists participated in the 2019 schools...