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29 March 2017

CBCA Awards 2017 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Older Readers* ... Read more

Amazon to be fully operational in Australia by end of 2018, reports ‘Fairfax’

Amazon plans to be fully operational in Australia by the end of 2018, Fairfax reported on 28 March. Fairfax has since removed the story from its websites.... Read more

ABA announces 2017 conference program; Daunt, Mutter to give keynotes

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced details of the program for its 2017 conference, to be held in Melbourne from 18-19 June. Running under... Read more
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the high places


McFarlane shortlisted for £30,000 International Dylan Thomas Prize

Fiona McFarlane has been shortlisted 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


Kent shortlisted for Walter Scott Prize

Hannah Kent has been shortlisted for the 2017 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for her novel The Good People (Picador). Kent is one of... Read more


New small publisher Transmission Press launches first title x

Melbourne-based small publisher Transmission Press will launch its first book in May. Transmission Press publisher Wendy Cavenett told Books+Publishing the press will ‘draw inspiration from literatures... Read more
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Copyright Amendment Bill tabled in Parliament

A Bill amending the Copyright Act 1968 to simplify the use of copyright materials by libraries, educational institutions, archives and people with disabilities was tabled in... Read more

Australian teens share their favourite reads in Deakin research project

Researchers at Melbourne’s Deakin University have released results from its survey of 500 Australian teens on what their favourite books or series are, as part... Read more


A&U to publish new de Kretser novel in September x

Allen & Unwin will publish Michelle de Kretser’s new novel The Life to Come on 27 September. This is de Kretser’s first novel since the Miles Franklin Literary... Read more
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APA to run paid Publishing Industry Internship program in 2017

The APA will run its Publishing Industry Internship Program (PIIP) again in 2017, following funding support from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. The program offers... Read more


Kylie Scott to self-publish YA/NA novel in July x

Australian romance author Kylie Scott will self-publish her first young-adult/new-adult novel Trust on 18 July. Scott told Books+Publishing that the novel is about ‘a couple... Read more

Ernest Scott Prize 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2017 Ernest Scott Prize for history, presented by the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts, has been announced. The shortlisted titles... Read more

‘Inbetween days’ recognised in US Golden Kite Awards

Vikki Wakefield’s Inbetween Days (Text) has been named a YA honour book in the US Golden Kite Awards for children’s book authors and illustrators. A... Read more

Where the Trees Were


Simpson longlisted for Green Carnation Prize

Inga Simpson’s Where the Trees Were (Hachette) has been longlisted for the Green Carnation Prize, a UK-based award recognising LGBT writers. Simpson’s novel is one... Read more

Metzenthen, Baker nominated for 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Awards

David Metzenthen and Jeannie Baker have been nominated by IBBY (International Board of Books for Young People) Australia as the Australian candidates for the 2018... Read more


‘Zac and Mia’ adapted for digital series

A J Betts’ YA novel Zac and Mia (Text) has been picked up for a digital series by US media company AwesomenessTV, reports Deadline. Production... Read more

Hunt wins Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal 2017

Children’s novelist Des Hunt has received the 2017 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, presented annually for an outstanding contribution and lifetime achievement in the field of... Read more

Orr wins 2017 ‘ABR’ Eucalypt Fellowship

Adelaide novelist and essayist Stephen Orr has been awarded Australian Book Review’s (ABR) Eucalypt Fellowship for 2017. Orr will produce a nonfiction article on ‘any... Read more

Holdsworth named 2017 ‘ABR’ RAFT fellow

Elisabeth Holdsworth has been named the 2017 Australian Book Review RAFT Fellow. Holdsworth will write an essay that explores ‘the nature of progressive Judaism as... Read more

Quote of the week

‘More needs to be done to define the economy of writing—to make the real economy of the book visible by measuring and compensating for the... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold Greek rights to Wild Lavender (Belinda Alexandra) to Dioptra Publishing S A. Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold French rights to The Shortest... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, Wrightbooks) has regained the number one spot in this week’s top 10 bestsellers chart, with First, We Make the Beast... Read more

2016 sales, earnings down at PRH

Penguin Random House (PRH) parent company Bertelsmann has reported declines in sales and earnings at the publisher in 2016, with revenue dropping 9.6% from to... Read more

PEN announces award-winners at annual ceremony

PEN America has announced the winners of its major awards at its annual literary awards ceremony in New York on 27 March, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more

Hachette UK launches creative writing hub for diverse writers

In the UK, Hachette has launched the Future Bookshelf, a creative writing hub for writers who feel they aren’t well represented by the publishing industry,... Read more

One Library system connecting libraries in regional WA x

A new One Library system is connecting 23 libraries across 11 local governments in regional South West WA, with the management system to be fully... Read more

UK authors call new UK libraries fund ‘a smokescreen’ x

In the UK, a number of authors have called the government’s new £3.9m (A$6.3m) fund to support innovation in public libraries ‘a sop, a smokescreen... Read more

Funny business: Children’s books by comedians on the rise x

With children’s books by comedians on the rise, Jackie Tang asks publishers and booksellers what’s driving the trend—and whether the books are living up to... Read more

Book blogger spotlight: Happy Indulgence

Happy Indulgence is a team of three book bloggers (two Australia-based, one US) specialising in YA titles. Blogger Jeann Wong, who writes about sci-fi and... Read more

Jessica Friedmann’s ‘Things That Helped’ x

‘Like Fiona Wright in her memoir about hunger, Small Acts of Disappearance, Friedmann doesn’t offer a conventional recovery narrative, but by experimenting with language and... Read more

Distribution change for Phaidon x

Publisher: Phaidon Old distributor: Penguin Random House New distributor: Hachette Australia & NZ Changeover date: 18 April 2017 Returns cut-off: 16 June 2017

Distribution change for Simon & Schuster x

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Old distributor: United Book Distributors New distributor: Harper Entertainment Distribution Services Changeover date: 1 July 2017 Returns cut-off: 1 September 2017

Staff changes at Bonnier Publishing Australia x

Clive Hebard has joined Bonnier Publishing Australia in the newly created role of managing editor, commencing on 21 February. Hebard was previously senior project editor... Read more

Simon & Schuster moves to Harper Entertainment Distribution Services for Distribution in Australia and New Zealand x

Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) and HarperCollins Publishers Australia (HCP) announce that from 1 July 2017, distribution of Simon & Schuster titles in Australia and... Read more

Hachette Australia Congratulates CBCA and Crichton Shortlisted Authors and Illustrators x

Our congratulations to Maxine Beneba Clarke and Van T Rudd (The Patchwork Bike, 9780734416681, $26.99, Picture Book) and Zana Fraillon (The Bone Sparrow, 9780734417138, $19.99,... Read more

Bonnier Publishing Australia Price Adjustment x

Effective Saturday 1 April 2017, Bonnier Publishing Australia will adjust their prices to a .99 price point across its local and import list of titles.... Read more

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