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25 January 2017

Zusak, Fox top 2015-16 lending rights surveys

Books by Markus Zusak and Mem Fox have topped the lists of the highest scoring books in the most recent report on the Public Lending... Read more

Flynn wins inaugural XO Romance Prize

Xoum Publishing has announced Jean Flynn as the winner of the inaugural XO Romance Prize for an unpublished manuscript, for her work Lovesick. Guest judge... Read more


Williams wins HGE Ampersand Prize with middle-grade fantasy manuscript

Sydney writer Rhiannon Williams has won Hardie Grant Egmont’s Ampersand Prize for an unpublished manuscript for her middle-grade novel ‘Little Ott Colter’. It’s the first... Read more
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Birchalls bookshop to close

Australia’s oldest bookshop, Birchalls in Launceston, is set to close this year after being put on the market in March 2016. The ABC reports that... Read more


Books editor Blanche Clark leaves ‘Herald Sun’ x

Blanche Clark, books editor of the Victorian newspaper the Herald Sun, has left the publication. A spokesperson for the Herald Sun said that sub-editor Barry... Read more


Larbalestier, McKinty shortlisted for 2017 Edgars

Australian author Justine Larbalestier and Melbourne-based Irish author Adrian McKinty have been shortlisted for the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards (the Edgars), which honour ‘the... Read more
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McPherson’s ‘Grace Beside Me’ adapted for TV

Sue McPherson’s YA novel Grace Beside Me (Magabala) has been commissioned by NITV, the National Indigenous Television channel, for a live-action children’s series. The planned... Read more


Australian YA debut acquired by PRH

Penguin Random House (PRH) has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Australian-born, US-based author Emily Suvada’s debut YA novel This Mortal Coil in a two-book... Read more


Sydney Story Factory to open Parramatta branch

The Sydney Story Factory, which runs free creative writing and storytelling workshops for students, will open its second centre in Parramatta in early 2018. More... Read more
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Tiny Owl Workshop partners with online multimedia game

Brisbane micro-publisher Tiny Owl Workshop is partnering with Wattpad and new online interactive storytelling game The Westbury Faery to host a short story competition, with... Read more

NZSA / Hachette Mentor program recipients announced

The New Zealand Society of Authors and Hachette Australia have announced the recipients of the 2017 NZSA/Hachette Mentor Program. NZ writers Heidi North-Bailey and Linda... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We hand-sell virtually every book and it was very, very encouraging that our top bestsellers were from local authors!’—a Sydney bookseller from one of many... Read more

Rights round-up x

Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold Brazilian rights to The Shortest History of Europe (John Hirst) to Sextante via the Riff Agency. Children’s—Little Steps Publishing has sold... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

No new titles have climbed into this week’s top 10 bestsellers chart, with Scott Pape’s investment guide The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, Wrightbooks) maintaining its... Read more

RiP Janet Rowe x

Former Lake Press, Ice Water Press and Five Mile Press publisher Janet Rowe has died. Jane Curtain and David Horgan write: ‘We wish to express... Read more

Swedish author sued by PRH, S&S for repurposing classic works

Swedish author Fredrik Colting and his partner are facing a legal complaint from publishers Penguin Random House (PRH) and Simon & Schuster (S&S), as well... Read more

Amazon launches £20,000 literary prize

In the UK, Amazon will launch a £20,000 (A$33,040) literary prize for self-published books, reports the Telegraph. The Kindle Storyteller Prize will be open to... Read more

Big UK publishers ebook sales continue decline

In the UK, ebook sales for the five biggest publishers have declined for the second year in a row, reports the Bookseller. According to data... Read more


ALA Youth Media Awards 2017: Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Stonewall

In the US, the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the winners of its Youth Media Awards, including the Newbery and Caldecott medals, and the... Read more

Amazon, Apple end exclusive audiobooks deal

Apple and Amazon have ended an exclusive audiobooks deal following ‘pressure from anti-trust regulators in Germany and the European Commission’, reports the BBC. Under Apple... Read more

New Nielsen Bestseller Hall of Fame recognises ‘platinum’ sales

In the UK, Nielsen Book has published its inaugural Bestseller Hall of Fame, recognising titles that have sold more than one million copies between 1998... Read more

Pearson to sell its stake in Penguin Random House

Pearson has announced it intends to sell its 47% stake in Penguin Random House (PRH), reports the Bookseller. Pearson will issue an exit notice to... Read more

SLNSW releases Sydney Harbour Bridge oral history using new online tool x

The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) is marking the 85th anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge by releasing its full collection of unedited interviews with... Read more

SLV, Readings to host Melbourne book club

Independent bookselling chain Readings and the State Library of Victoria (SLV) will host a book club series, focusing on 10 recent books by Melbourne authors.... Read more

Ransomware attack shuts down St Louis library computer systems

In the US, a ransomware attack has shut down borrowing services at libraries in St Louis, Missouri, with 700 computers across 16 libraries infected, reports... Read more

School ties: Partnerships between bookstores and schools x

When Amelia Lush from Better Read Than Dead won the 2016 Leading Edge Books Conference Best Business Idea award for the store’s teacher-librarian nights, it... Read more

Robert Newton’s ‘Mr Romanov’s Garden in the Sky’ x

‘Mr Romanov’s Garden in the Sky is a delightful and compelling tale with a strong sense of contemporary multicultural Australia and a vivid cast of... Read more

Charles Perkins Centre: Writer in Residence Fellowship 2017 x

Applications are now open for the Charles Perkins Centre Writer in Residence Fellowship 2017. The Fellowship will support an established Australian writer to create new... Read more

Structural Editing for Editors: an online course to develop your fiction structural editing skills x

This online course gives editors practical experience in structurally editing a fiction manuscript. You will be able to discuss the manuscript with your fellow editors... Read more

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