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15 February 2017

Morton, agent in NSW Supreme Court over alleged contract breach

Literary agent Selwa Anthony is suing author Kate Morton in the New South Wales Supreme Court over an alleged breach of contract, reports the Sydney... Read more
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Rodriguez to leave Copyright Agency

Copyright Agency cultural fund manager Zoë Rodriguez has announced her departure after 13-and-a-half years at the organisation. Rodriguez joined the Copyright Agency as a lawyer, first... Read more

APA announces editors for 2017 Residential Editorial Program

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced the editors selected to attend the 2017 Residential Editorial Program (REP), which will be held at the Melbourne... Read more
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McFarlane longlisted for £30,000 International Dylan Thomas Prize

Fiona McFarlane has been longlisted for the £30,000 (A$49,155) International Dylan Thomas Prize, run by Swansea University, for her short-story collection The High Places (Hamish... Read more

Australian publisher, NZ bookseller shortlisted for LBF International Excellence Awards x

Australia’s CSIRO Publishing and New Zealand’s Time Out Bookstore have been shortlisted for the London Book Fair (LBF) International Excellence Awards. CSIRO Publishing is shortlisted... Read more
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Ashurst Business Literature Prize 2016 shortlist announced x

The shortlist for the 2016 Ashurst Business Literature Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Hector (Rozzi Bazzani, Australian Scholarly Publishing) Minding Her Own... Read more

Slatter, McDermott awarded Copyright Agency funding for mid-to-late career authors x

Brisbane author Angela Slatter, Melbourne historian and author Alex McDermott, and WA visual artist Pilar Mata Dupont have been awarded funding from the Copyright Agency’s... Read more


Screen Australia to fund development of ‘The Drover’s Wife’ feature adaptation

A feature adaptation of playwright Leah Purcell’s Victorian Prize for Literature-winning The Drover’s Wife (Currency Press), a reimagining of Henry Lawson’s short story, is among... Read more


Hardie Grant in two-book deal with ‘The Bachelor’ star Sam Wood

Hardie Grant Books has acquired two books from former star of Channel 10’s The Bachelor and personal trainer Sam Wood. The first title, 28 by... Read more


PRH to publish new McInerney novel in July

Penguin Random House will publish a new novel by Monica McInerney, The Trip of a Lifetime, in July. The novel is set in South Australia’s... Read more

Seizure announces 2017 Viva la Novella shortlist

The shortlist for the 2017 Seizure Viva La Novella competition has been announced. The shortlisted authors and their works are: Luke Horton for ‘The Peacock’... Read more

New service to improve arts workers’ mental health launched in Melbourne

Literary organisations are among the 83 arts groups participating in a new service working towards improving Victorian arts workers’ mental health. The Wheeler Centre, Writers... Read more

OzCo draws on cash reserve to fund small-to-medium sector

The Australia Council will allocate $10m over two years from its reserves to provide grants to the small-to-medium sector. An Australia Council spokesperson told ArtsHub... Read more


Program announced for second Rock & Roll Writers Festival; new Melbourne event

The program for the second Rock & Roll Writers Festival, to be held at the Old Museum in Brisbane from 1-2 April, has been announced.... Read more


Margaret River Short Story Competition 2017 winner announced

Laura Elvery has won the 2017 Margaret River Short Story Competition for her story ‘Joiner Bay’. Competition judge Ellen van Neerven described ‘Joiner Bay’ as... Read more


MidnightSun celebrates fifth birthday

Adelaide-based small press MidnightSun is celebrating its fifth birthday on 10 February. The publisher began in 2012 with the launch of founder Anna Solding’s novel... Read more

ACT government to provide extra $230,000 in arts funding after protest

The ACT government has announced it will provide an additional $230,000 for arts projects in 2017 after artists protested the drop in funding from the previous... Read more

NZ poet Tusitala-Marsh receives Society of Authors’ Waitangi Day Honours

Poet and scholar Selina Tusitala-Marsh has been made an honorary literary fellow as part of the New Zealand Society of Authors’ (NZSA) annual Waitangi Day... Read more


First ‘Librarians’ Choice’ top 10 list published x

The first ‘Librarians’ Choice’ list of 10 highly recommended new-release titles has been published. The monthly listing aims to ‘harness the time-honoured value of “librarian’s... Read more


BolognaRagazzi Awards 2017 winners announced

The winners have been announced for the 2017 BolognaRagazzi Awards, which celebrates ‘publishing excellence in terms of graphic layout, format innovation and general ability to... Read more

Waterstones’ Children’s Book of the Month titles boosted by 10,000-15,000 copies

In the UK, the Waterstones’ Children’s Book of the Month promotion has been widely praised for boosting the sales of middle-grade titles, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

UK Independent Publishing Awards winners announced

The UK’s Independent Publishers Guild has announced the winners of the Independent Publishing Awards at its annual conference in Oxford, reports the Bookseller. Academic publisher... Read more

Rushdie, Grisham to release new books in 2017

New releases by Salman Rushdie and John Grisham have been announced for publication in 2017. Jonathan Cape will publish Rushdie’s 13th novel, The Golden House,... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Penguin Random House has sold Italian rights to The French Perfumer (Amanda Hampson); and Bulgarian rights to The Chocolate Tin and The Perfumer’s Secret... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Liane Moriarty has four titles in the top 10 bestsellers chart this week, with the TV tie-in edition of Big Little Lies debuting at number... Read more

Jane Rawson’s ‘From the Wreck’ x

‘While Briohny Doyle’s The Island Will Sink pushed harder on its sci-fi elements, readers of the former will appreciate Rawson’s more lyrical, magical addition to... Read more

Quote of the week

‘Representations of diverse sexualities and gender identities in YA are important to redress the isolation particular to queerness. Queerness is invisible’Jordi Kerr in the first of a four-part series for Archer on the state of queer YA fiction in Australia


New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now x

Books+Publishing’s latest Junior newsletter contains nine reviews of books publishing in February and March 2017. Garth Nix’s YA novel Frogkisser! (A&U, March) scored five stars... Read more


First ‘Librarians’ Choice’ top 10 list published x

The first ‘Librarians’ Choice’ list of 10 highly recommended new-release titles has been published. The monthly listing aims to ‘harness the time-honoured value of “librarian’s... Read more

ALIA, universities among signatories to letter in support of ‘fair use’

A number of library bodies and universities are among the signatories to a letter to government in support of the Productivity Commission’s recommendation to introduce... Read more

‘Long-promised’ Gosford regional library delayed again

A ‘long-promised’ regional library in Gosford on the New South Wales Central Coast has been delayed for ‘procedural’ reasons, reports Coast Community News. At a... Read more

New library for suburban Geelong x

Geelong city council has released plans for an $8m community hub with a new library at its centrepiece, reports the Geelong Advertiser. The ground-floor library, to... Read more

Comic timing: Peter Helliar on ‘Frankie Fish and the Sonic Suitcase’ x

Peter Helliar’s first children’s book, Frankie Fish and the Sonic Suitcase, is a time-travel adventure starring 12-year-old Frankie and his cranky grandad, who has a... Read more

Blakey joins Fremantle Press x

Heather Blakey has joined Fremantle Press in the role of marketing, communications and sales assistant. Blakey previously held an internship at UWA Publishing.

Editors NSW: March meeting x

Editors NSW will hold its March meeting on Tuesday, 7 March from 6.30pm at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts in Sydney. The speaker will... Read more

CBCA Victoria: ‘Night of the Notables’ x

The Victorian branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) will hold an event to celebrate the announcement of the 2017 CBCA Book of... Read more

2017 Voss Literary Prize x

The Australian University Heads of English (AUHE) and the estate of Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss are pleased to call for nominations to the third annual Voss Literary Prize. The prize, for the best novel published in Australia in 2016, carries a significant cash prize and will be presented at the AUHE AGM in November 2017.

A nomination form and details of entry can be found at vossliteraryprize.com. Entries must be received by COB, 10 March 2017.


Text rushing out ‘The Destruction of Hillary Clinton’ on 3 April; major promotional campaign to follow x

Pulitzer Prize-nominee Susan Bordo’s The Destruction of Hillary Clinton (Text, 9781925603026, 3 April, $32.99) is a gripping, blow-by-blow analysis of how Hillary Clinton—an extraordinarily well-qualified, experienced and admired candidate—came to lose the 2016 presidential election to an opponent seen as not just unelectable but unfit for office.

In this masterful account, Bordo unpacks the campaign, examining the right-wing assault on Clinton and her reputation, the way the left provoked suspicion and indifference in a younger generation, and the unprecedented influence of the media on the campaign.

This urgent, insightful, and engrossing work of nonfiction will be released simultaneously in the US and Australia on 3 April, and will be supported by a major local marketing and publicity campaign.

Booksellers, order now from UBD.




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