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1 February 2017


Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2017 winners announced

Sydney-based writer, actor and playwright Leah Purcell has won the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature for her play The Drover’s Wife (Currency Press) at this... Read more
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Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards to waive entry fees for SPN members x

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, administered by the Wheeler Centre, will waive entry fees for up to three titles from Small Press Network (SPN) members... Read more


Full program for Adelaide Writers’ Week announced

The full program for Adelaide Writers’ Week, which runs from 4-9 March, has been announced. This year’s festival is dedicated to Elizabeth Harrower, who will... Read more
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Black Inc. to publish ‘Growing up Aboriginal in Australia’ anthology; call for submissions x

Black Inc. is calling for submissions for a new anthology, Growing up Aboriginal in Australia, to be published in 2018. The anthology, which will be... Read more

Book industry figures among 2017 Australia Day honours recipients

A number of book industry figures have been recognised in the annual Australia Day honours. Anne O’Donovan was made Officer in the General Division of... Read more
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Creative Victoria announces VicArts recipients

Several literary projects have been included among the recipients in the latest round of Creative Victoria’s VicArts Grants. The program will provide over $1.8m in... Read more

‘Overland’ poetry prize 2016 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2016 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets has been announced. The eight shortlisted poems are: ‘Many Girls,... Read more


‘Pencilled In’ launches #ReadAsianOz public transport book campaign

Queensland literary journal Pencilled In has launched #ReadAsianOz, an initiative that places books by Asian-Australian authors on public transport services to raise the profile of... Read more


London longlisted for Wellcome Book Prize

Joan London’s novel The Golden Age (Vintage, published in the UK by Europa Editions) has been longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize in the UK.... Read more

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‘Introducing Teddy’ makes ALA ‘Rainbow List’

Jessica Walton’s Introducing Teddy (illus by Dougal MacPherson, Bloomsbury) has made the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual Rainbow List’s Top Ten books with significant gay,... Read more


Reilly voted ‘Australia’s Favourite Author’ in Booktopia poll

Author Matthew Reilly has been voted ‘Australia’s Favourite Author’ in Booktopia’s annual poll. Booktopia announced the top 10 finalists on its website on 27 January.... Read more


Island magazine publishes special essay collection on adult literacy

Literary magazine Island will publish a special edition essay collection to celebrate its partnership with speech pathologist, literacy advocate and 2017 Tasmanian Australian of the... Read more


Barry wins second Costa Book of the Year

Irish author Sebastian Barry has won the 2016 Costa Book of the Year award for his novel Days Without End (Faber), reports the Guardian. This... Read more

Roxane Gay pulls S&S US book due to Yiannopoulos deal

Author Roxane Gay has pulled her book How to Be Heard from Simon & Schuster (S&S) in response to the far-right journalist Milo Yiannopoulos’ book deal with... Read more

Whitehead, Desmond win 2017 ALA Andrew Carnegie Medals

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals. The fiction prize was awarded to Colson Whitehead for The Underground... Read more

‘New York Times’ to reduce bestseller lists

The New York Times (NYT) is dropping its print and online bestseller lists for graphic novels and manga, mass-market paperbacks, teen e-books and middle-grade e-books... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Black Inc. imprint Nero has sold world audio rights to Crazy, Busy, Guilty (Lauren Sams) to Wavesound. Spinifex Press has sold Vietnamese rights to... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Harry Potter is back in the bestseller charts, with two new illustrated editions of The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Quidditch through the Ages (J... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘While there is still plenty of beautiful, imaginative fiction, the trend—driven by the hunt for sales—has been towards more plot-driven, spare writing that blurs the line between literary and commercial writing’Susan Wyndham, who stepped down as Sydney Morning Herald literary editor last month, reflects on the trends in the local publishing industry over the past 20 years


State Library of NSW secures $15m in private donations for new galleries, learning space

The State Library of New South Wales has secured $15m in private donations to fund new public galleries and a learning space in the Mitchell... Read more

Oz candidate stands for IFLA presidency

Former Australia Library and Information Association (ALIA) president Christine Mackenzie is standing for the role of president of the International Federation of Library Associations and... Read more

NSW Librarian made AM in Australia Day honours

Jan Richards, the manager of Central West Libraries in rural NSW, has been made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia... Read more

Small presses, big data: Bestselling titles for small presses x

Former Nielsen Book Australia general manager Shaun Symonds takes a closer look at the small press sector and its bestselling titles. Read the full article... Read more

Gwyn Perkins’ ‘A Walk in the Bush’ x

‘Despite the many animals scurrying around, Gwyn Perkins’ paean to the beauty of the bush is both calming and celebratory’ … read Thuy On’s full... Read more

Society of Women Writers NSW: February Literary Luncheon x

The Society of Women Writers NSW will hold its monthly literary luncheon on Wednesday, 8 February 2017 from 12pm. The keynote speaker will be Helen... Read more

2017 ABIA Nominations Open x

Nominations for the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards are now open, and will close at 5pm AEDT on Monday, 20 February. Nominations are sought for... Read more

Birds Surfing x

Birds Surfing: Travel adventures while bird surveying in Australia, along the coast and into the deserts. This new title by Douglas Johnston is now available from spindriftpress@gmail.com. Ph: 0402 484 798.




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