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22 March 2017

Over 200 booksellers, publishers attend standalone Leading Edge Books conference x

Over 100 booksellers, close to 100 publishers and suppliers, and 29 authors attended this year’s Leading Edge Books (LEB) conference, which was held in Surfers... Read more
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Federal government to return $61m from Catalyst to OzCo

The federal government will return the majority of funds from its Catalyst Australian Arts and Culture Fund to the Australia Council, totalling $61m over the... Read more

The Dry


‘The Dry’ wins Book of the Year at Indie Book Awards 2017

Jane Harper’s The Dry has been named Book of the Year at the 2017 Indie Book Awards, presented at the Leading Edge Books Conference in... Read more
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HarperCollins, Fullers and MacLean’s awarded at Leading Edge Books Conference

A number of industry awards were presented at this year’s Leading Edge Books Conference in Surfers Paradise on 20 March. HarperCollins was named Publisher of... Read more

Martyn joins production company Lingo Pictures

Former HarperCollins publishing director Shona Martyn has joined production company Lingo Pictures as a book scout. Martyn said she is ‘delighted’ to be joining the... Read more
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‘Manuscript’ magazine expands to high-end art books

Manuscript magazine will expand into book publishing with a series of high-end, hardcover art, fashion and design books. The first book in the series will... Read more

New Richard Flanagan novel publishing in October x

Penguin Random House (PRH) has announced it will publish a new novel by Richard Flanagan in Australia in October. First Person, Flanagan’s first novel since... Read more

S&S to publish new Maggie Beer cookbook in October

Simon & Schuster will publish a new cookbook by Maggie Beer in October, aimed at enhancing food experiences for older Australians. Maggie’s Recipe for Life... Read more

Harlequin announces new Mills & Boon imprint, DARE

Mills & Boon has announced a new imprint to launch at the beginning of 2018. The publisher said Mills & Boon DARE will deliver ‘riveting,... Read more

Ash, Isaac nominated for 2017 RITA Awards

Melbourne author Madeline Ash has been nominated for the Romance Writers of America (RWA) 2017 RITA Awards for excellence in published romance novels and novellas.... Read more

Readings Matters 2017 program announced

The Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria has announced the full program for its Reading Matters conference, which will run from... Read more

Fecund Lacuna


Paris artist wins NGV art and design book prize

Paris-based artist, architect and filmmaker Marc Johnson has won the inaugural Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing for his book fecund lacuna /... Read more

Fraillon, Millard shortlisted for Carnegie Medal

Australian authors Zana Fraillon and Glenda Millard have been shortlisted for the 2017 Carnegie Medal. Fraillon is shortlisted for The Bone Sparrow (Hachette) and Millard... Read more

SWF 2017 schools program announced

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has announced the line-up for this year’s Primary and Secondary School Days programs, to be held from 22 to 26... Read more

‘The Garret’ shortlisted for Australian podcast awards

The Australian writers podcast ‘The Garret’ has been shortlisted in the inaugural Cast Away Australian Podcast Awards. ‘The Garret’ is the only literary podcast in... Read more

Wimpy Kid Movie Diary


New Wimpy Kid ‘movie diary’ out in May

Puffin will publish a new ‘Wimpy Kid’ book from Jeff Kinney that goes behind-the-scenes of the forthcoming film, reports the Bookseller. The Wimpy Kid Movie... Read more

Ross wins inaugural Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour

In the UK, Jacob Ross has won the inaugural £1000 (A$1610) Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour for his... Read more

New UK award for translated women writers

In the UK, the University of Warwick has announced the launch of the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation to ‘address the gender imbalance in... Read more

Wattpad, Hachette to produce 50 audiobooks

In the US, online writing and reading platform Wattpad will partner with Hachette to produce 50 audiobooks based on Wattpad stories, reports Publishers Weekly. The... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The top 10 bestsellers chart remains largely unchanged this week, with The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet (Grant Brinkworth & Pennie Taylor, Macmillan) holding on to the... Read more

Elizabeth Tan’s ‘Rubik’ x

‘Recalling the wit and social commentary of Julie Koh’s Portable Curiosities alongside the surreal connected-universe storytelling of Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad,... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘A lesson learnt from the messy events of the past two years is that the arts sector must rely on itself to lobby for the arts in difficult times’—University of Melbourne associate professor Jo Caust responds to the federal government’s decision to end the Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund


Chinese-language resources tops most borrowed LOTE community library resource in 2016

Research from library provider Civica has found Chinese language resources were Australia’s  most borrowed community library resource in languages other than English in 2016, according... Read more

Book club for people with intellectual disabilities launched in Echuca

A book club for people with intellectual and development disabilities has launched at a local library in Echuca in northern Victoria, reports the ABC. A... Read more

Behind the bestsellers: Stefen Brazulaitis on science-fiction and fantasy x

In Books+Publishing’s new ‘Behind the Bestsellers’ series, Australian booksellers share their insights on the bigger picture behind what’s popular. In this first instalment, Stefen Brazulaitis... Read more

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