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18 January 2017

Eddington appointed CEO of UQP

Australia Council literature director Jill Eddington has been appointed CEO of the University of Queensland Press (UQP), effective from 6 March. Eddington will replace former... Read more

Ernst & Young report argues for ‘fair use’ provision x

A government-commissioned Ernst & Young (E&Y) report, Cost Benefit Analysis of Changes to the Copyright Act 1968, has found that an open-ended fair-use exception is... Read more

Indie Book Awards 2017 shortlists announced

Leading Edge Books has announced the shortlists for the 2017 Indie Book Awards. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction The Good People (Hannah Kent,... Read more
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ABIAs 2017 date, venue announced

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) will be held on 25 May at the Art Gallery of NSW this year. The awards will be hosted... Read more

Australian Romance Readers Awards 2016 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2016 Australian Romance Readers Awards have been announced. Ten authors have been shortlisted for the Favourite Australian Romance Author. They are:... Read more

Full program announced for Perth Writers Festival 2017

The full program has been announced for the 2017 Perth Writers Festival, which runs from 23-26 February. Events at the festival include ‘Pondering our most... Read more
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NGV announces new prize for art and design books

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has announced a new prize for art and design books. The Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing, which... Read more

Two Sally Rippin series to launch in 2017

Two new children’s book series by Sally Rippin will launch in 2017. In June, Hardie Grant Egmont will publish the first book in the ‘Polly... Read more

Five Mile acquires Barnes children’s book; Echo acquires Jones’ novel x

Bonnier Publishing Australia imprint Five Mile has acquired two children’s books by Jimmy Barnes for publication in April 2017. The two books will revolve around... Read more
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Patrić’s ‘Black Rock White City’ sells to US and UK

Transit Lounge has sold North American and UK rights to A S Patrić’s 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award winner Black Rock White City to Melville... Read more

Hazel Rowley Fellowship 2017 finalists announced

Writers Victoria has announced the seven finalists for the 2017 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, awarded annually to an Australian writer for a proposed biographical work.... Read more

Margaret River Short Story Competition finalists announced

The finalists for the annual Margaret River Short Story Competition have been announced. The shortlisted authors and their works are: Emily Paull for ‘Miss Lovegrove’... Read more

‘KYD’ announces inaugural New Critic Award winner

Tasmanian arts journalist and musician Stephanie Eslake has won the inaugural Kill Your Darlings New Critic Award. Eslake receives $4000, a mentorship with senior KYD... Read more

‘Griffith Review’ Fellowship recipients announced

Griffith Review has announced the recipients of its writers’ fellowships, launched last year in conjunction with the Queensland Literary Awards. They are: Lech Blaine Laura... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Jimmy’s latest creative offerings mark the beginning of his new reign—as the granddaddy of Aussie rock’n’publishing!’—Bonnier Publishing Australia CEO Natasha Besliev on the acquisition of... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Bonnier has sold UK and US rights to Resurrection Bay (Emma Viskic) to Pushkin Press; audio rights to Resurrection Bay (Emma Viskic) to Wavesound;... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, Wrightbooks) has spent its first week in top spot on the overall bestsellers chart. Pape’s personal finance guide, which is... Read more

RiP Babette Cole

English children’s author and illustrator Babette Cole has died, aged 66. Cole wrote and illustrated more than 150 children’s books, including the revisionist fairytale picture... Read more

US National Book Critics Circle Awards 2016 finalists announced

In the US, the finalists for the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Awards have been announced. The finalists in the best fiction category are: Moonglow... Read more

Polley wins 2016 T S Eliot Prize

In the UK, Jacob Polley has won the 2016 T S Eliot Prize for poetry, reports the Telegraph. Polley won the £20,000 (A$32,190) prize for... Read more

Vintage launches backlist-inspired ‘Vintage Minis’ series

In the UK, Vintage has announced the launch of a new series called ‘Vintage Minis’, a range of short books on ‘big subjects’ drawn from... Read more

Shortlist announced for crowdfunded small-press prize

In the UK, the shortlist for the inaugural Republic of Consciousness Prize, recognising ‘brave, bold and brilliant’ literature from small presses, has been announced, reports the... Read more

Perth library receives more architectural awards x

The City of Perth library received two more architectural awards late last year, reports Community News. The library won the National Entertainment and Recreation Facility... Read more

Humanoid robot ‘Pepper’ put to work at Mackay Library x

Dudley Denny City Library in Mackay, Queensland, has introduced a 1.2m emotionally intelligent robot called Pepper as an ambassador for the library, reports the ABC.... Read more

‘The Girl on the Train’ tops US libraries’ most-borrowed lists

In the US, Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train (Black Swan) has been identified as the most checked-out book at eight of 14 metropolitan... Read more

Along came Harry: On the launch of Harry Hartog Woden

In 2014, Harry Hartog Woden store manager James Redden had the ‘humbling and terrifying’ experience of launching a new bookselling brand. Read his bookseller’s diary... Read more

Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner’s ‘One Little Goat’ x

‘Goats are the new ducks, it would seem, as the successful team of Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner (The Terrible Plop, Too Many Elephants) reunite... Read more

Bonnier Publishing Australia Annual Stocktake x

Bonnier Publishing Australia’s warehouse, TL Distribution, will undertake our annual stocktake from Monday 30 January—Friday 3 February. This means that orders for BPA titles will... Read more

UQP appoints new CEO x

UQP is delighted to announce the appointment of Jill Eddington as its new CEO. ‘Jill is highly respected across Australian literary and cultural sectors’, says... Read more

Pantera Press donates 11,000 books to Australians in need x

For Christmas, Pantera Press partnered with Mission Australia, The Footpath Library, Arterie – Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, and a number of local youth and community centres... Read more

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