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22 February 2017

Milne, Littleton promoted at HarperCollins x

HarperCollins Australia has announced several promotions in its general books division following the departure of publishing director Shona Martyn at the end of 2016. Publisher... Read more

Birrell joins Tablo as creative director x

Former Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) artistic director Jemma Birrell has been appointed creative director of Melbourne-based online self-publishing platform Tablo. Birrell will build partnerships between... Read more

Pages & Pages creates ‘anti-Trump’ reading list, donates to Refugee Council of Australia

Sydney bookseller Pages & Pages has put together an anti-Trump reading list and has pledged to donate $1 to the Refugee Council of Australia for every book... Read more
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Aurealis Awards 2016 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2016 Aurealis Awards, presented for science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing in Australia, have been announced. Among the categories are: Science fiction... Read more

ALS Gold Medal 2017 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2017 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal has been announced. The longlisted titles are: One Hundred Letters Home (Adam Aitken, Vagabond)... Read more

Australian authors longlisted for 2017 Carnegie Medal

Australian authors Zana Fraillon and Glenda Millard have been longlisted for the 2017 Carnegie Medal. Fraillon is longlisted for The Bone Sparrow (Hachette) and Millard... Read more
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Scribe increases US presence x

Scribe Publications has announced a change in North American sales and distribution arrangements, and will increase its US-based marketing and publicity team to boost support to... Read more

Audible launches local ‘Listen to your book’ campaign x

Audiobook provider Audible has launched its first local original advertising campaign, with the theme ‘Listen to your book’. The campaign features a two-minute video starring... Read more

IPEd announces directory of freelance editors

The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) has introduced a new online directory of freelance editors. The Editors Directory is hosted on the IPEd website and... Read more
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A&U, Books Illustrated to create Australian collective stand at Bologna

Allen & Unwin and Books Illustrated will combine their stands at this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair to create an Australian collective stand. The Australian... Read more

Five Mile to publish ‘Sally Rippin Presents’ list

Bonnier Publishing Australia’s children’s imprint Five Mile will publish a ‘Sally Rippin Presents’ list of children’s books, with Rippin acting as editor-at-large. Rippin will work... Read more

writingWA to host public forum on arts policy in lead-up to state election

writingWA will host a public forum to discuss policies and funding for the writing and publishing sector in Perth on 1 March, in the lead-up... Read more

OzCo announces VIPs project fund recipients

The Australia Council has announced the recipients of its Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) 2015-16 project fund. The recipients are: Books+Publishing ($9790) Wenona Byrne ($9400) Giramondo... Read more

Asialink 2017 arts residencies announced

The recipients of the University of Melbourne’s Asialink Arts Residencies Program for 2017 have been announced. Writers receiving residencies in Asian countries are: Lyn Dickens,... Read more

New ‘Write-ability’ program to go rural, online

Writers Victoria has announced a new three-year Write-ability program for aspiring writers with disability in regional Victoria.    The Write-ability Goes Regional and Online program... Read more

Ferguson appointed PANZ director

New Zealand Book Council CEO Catriona Ferguson has been appointed as Publishing Association of New Zealand (PANZ) director. Ferguson replaces outgoing director Anne de Lautour,... Read more

Quote of the week

‘Publishing will always be instinctual—but good data can help back up assumptions and drive smart decisions’—Hardie Grant Books managing director Roxy Ryan reports on Digital... Read more

Rights round-up x

Acquisitions Nonfiction—Black Inc. has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us About Ourselves, the World, and a Better... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

J D Robb’s Echoes in Death (Hachette) is the highest new entry in this week’s charts, debuting in second spot on the top 10 behind... Read more

RiP Dick Bruna x

Dutch author and illustrator Dick Bruna has died, aged 89. Bruna, the creator of the white cartoon rabbit Miffy, published over 120 books. The first... Read more

S&S US cancels Yiannopoulos book

In the US, Simon and Schuster has cancelled British far-right journalist and Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ book Dangerous, reports Publishers Weekly. The company released a... Read more

S&S revenue down, earnings up in 2016

Simon & Schuster has recorded a drop in revenue in 2016 and an increase in earnings, reports Publishers Weekly. Parent company CBS reported that the... Read more

John Blake unable to publish Mick Jagger’s memoir

UK publisher John Blake has revealed he has the manuscript for Mick Jagger’s memoir but does not have permission from Jagger to publish it, reports... Read more

New ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy announced

Penguin Random House has announced the publication of a new trilogy by Philip Pullman, set in the same world as his YA fantasy trilogy ‘His... Read more

City of Bayswater to overhaul library services x

The City of Bayswater in northeastern Perth is planning to overhaul its library services and is considering pop-up libraries alongside the renovation of aging facilities,... Read more

Firm that developed US African-American museum hired for Obama library x

The exhibition design for the planned presidential library of Barack Obama will be led by Ralph Appelbaum Associates, the same firm that worked on the... Read more

Data and innovation discussed at Digital Book World 2017 x

The importance of data and innovation were the takeaways from this year’s Digital Book World, writes Hardie Grant Books managing director Roxy Ryan. Read her... Read more

Small Publisher Spotlight: Real Film and Publishing x

Established in 2012, Melbourne-based Real Film and Publishing specialises in ‘memoirs, biographies, family histories and legacy books’ in high-quality hardback. Only a few of the... Read more

Fiona Capp’s ‘To Know My Crime’ x

‘The cover blurb on Fiona Capp’s To Know My Name asks the reader, “how far would you go, for the ones you love?”. It’s a... Read more

Distribution changes for Zed Books, Harriman House, and World Scientific Publishing x

Publisher: Zed Books Old distributor: Footprint Books New distributor: None Changeover date: 15 February 2017 Returns cut-off: 30 April 2017 Publisher: Harriman House Old distributor:... Read more

McGrath joins Affirm Press x

Former Collins Booksellers marketing and communications coordinator Cosima McGrath has joined Affirm Press in the newly created role of assistant editor. McGrath, a recent alumni... Read more

CBCA NSW: ‘Night of the Notables’ Sydney event x

The New South Wales branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) will hold an event in Sydney to highlight those books chosen as... Read more

Congratulations to Catherine Bishop on the Ashurst Business Literature Prize shortlist x

We’re delighted to be able to offer congratulations to Catherine Bishop for Minding Her Own Business: Colonial businesswomen in Sydney (NewSouth), which has been shortlisted... Read more

Hachette Australia welcomes Perseus Books x

Perseus Books Group distribution move to Alliance Distribution Services Hachette Australia announces that from 1 March 2017, distribution of titles for Perseus Books Group will... Read more

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