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5 April 2017


Berbay wins Bologna Prize for children’s publishing

Australian publisher Berbay Publishing has won the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year in the Oceania category. Berbay was chosen from a... Read more
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PRH to close one of two Scoresby distribution centres x

Penguin Random House (PRH) has announced that its UBD Dalmore Drive distribution centre in Scoresby, Victoria, will close in the first half of 2018, with the... Read more

Govt announces four-year funding for Australian presence at Bologna

The Australian government will provide funding of ‘more than $160,000 over four years’ to ‘promote Australian authors and illustrators through a strong Australian presence at... Read more
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ALS Gold Medal 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2017 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Easy Way Out (Steven Amsterdam, Hachette)... Read more

Educational publishers’ arguments against fair use ‘misinformed and misleading’: Browne

Macmillan managing director Greg Browne has said the idea that introducing a ‘fair use’ exception into the Copyright Act is a terminal threat to Australian... Read more
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Bishop wins 2016 Ashurst Business Literature Prize

Catherine Bishop has won the 2016 Ashurst Business Literature Prize for her book Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney (NewSouth). Bishop was presented... Read more


A&U to publish 26 titles from Morris West’s backlist x

Allen & Unwin will publish 26 titles from international bestselling author Morris West’s backlist in September. Allen & Unwin will sell Shoes of the Fisherman,... Read more

Four Australians shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2017

Four Australians are among the 21 writers shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2017. The shortlisted Australian writers and their works are: Ruth Lacey,... Read more


Australians nominated for 2017 Hugo Awards

A number of Australians are finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards for science-fiction. UK-based Australian writer Foz Meadows is a finalist in the category of... Read more

‘Overland’ Nakata Brophy Prize shortlist announced

Overland journal has announced the shortlist for the fourth Nakata Brophy Prize for the best short story by a young Indigenous writer. The shortlisted writers... Read more

Line-up announced for Australian Writers Week in China

The Australian Embassy in Beijing has announced the authors participating in the tenth Australian Writers Week in China, which runs from 10-18 May. Authors Tom... Read more

New season of ‘The Book Club’ to launch in April

The ABC has announced ‘The Book Club’ will return for a new season, running from 18 April to 6 June. The premiere episode features crime writer... Read more


Beresford to direct film adaptation of ‘The Women in Black’

Bruce Beresford will direct a film adaptation of Madeleine St John’s 1993 novel The Women in Black (Text), which has received funding from Screen Australia... Read more

NSW State Library to host symposium on A&R publishing

The State Library of NSW will host a symposium examining the legacy of the publisher Angus & Robertson (A&R) on 10 April. Speakers at the... Read more

EWF announces 2017 festival ambassadors

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has announced the five writers appointed ambassadors for EWF’s National Writers’ Conference, which runs from 17-18 June. The ambassadors are... Read more


Stella Prize announces expanded ‘Girls Write Up’ program

The Stella Prize has announced the line-ups for its one-day ‘Girls Write Up’ festivals for students. Events will be held in Canberra on 6 May,... Read more


Duarte, Pinkham join Wheeler Centre board

Hardie Grant managing director Julie Pinkham and Culture is Life CEO Belinda Duarte were appointed to the Wheeler Centre board as directors on 20 March.... Read more

2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced. The six shortlisted titles are: Stay with Me (Ayobami Adebayo, Canongate) The... Read more


‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’ win Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017

In the UK, Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s debut novel The Girl of Ink and Stars (Chicken House) has won the £5000 (A$8160) Waterstones Children’s Book Prize,... Read more


German illustrator Wolf Erlbruch wins Astrid Lindgren Award

In Sweden, German illustrator and author Wolf Erlbruch has been announced as the winner of the five million krona (A$590,000) Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, reports... Read more

‘Daily Mail’ and PRH launch £20,000 UK debut crime writing competition

In the UK, Penguin Random House (PRH) imprint Century has partnered with the Daily Mail newspaper to run a £20,000 (A$32,870) debut crime writing competition, reports... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Fremantle Press has sold Spanish and Catalan world rights to Getting Warmer and Bad Seed (Alan Carter) to Editorial Yulca, Barcelona. Nonfiction—Exisle has sold... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

This week’s bestsellers chart remains largely unchanged, with The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, Wrightbooks) remaining in the top spot, ahead of 16th Seduction: A Women’s Murder... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The idea that schools and universities are ripping us off by illegal copying and that they would go rogue if the law was changed is a myth and is, frankly, insulting’Macmillan managing director Greg Browne argues against the idea the introduction of ‘fair use’ is a terminal threat to the educational publishing industry.


SLV reveals redevelopment designs x

The State Library of Victoria has revealed the architectural designs for its $88.1m ‘Vision 2020’ redevelopment. The new designs will increase public space by 40%,... Read more

Protesters ‘ridicule’ plan to turn London library into combined gym and self-service library

About 250 campaigners attended an April Fool’s Day rally to ‘ridicule’ Lambeth Council’s decision to turn Carnegie Library, London, into ‘a healthy living centre with... Read more

Alternative worlds: Australian genre publishing x

Danielle Binks explores the state of genre publishing in Australia and what the industry is doing to foster the country’s growing genre talent, in Books+Publishing’s first... Read more

Book blogger spotlight: Sam Still Reading x

Sam Still Reading is a blog run by Jeanie Misko, who since 2010 has written about ‘a diverse range of books from literary fiction to category... Read more

Mel Campbell & Anthony Morris’ ‘The Hot Guy’ x

‘The Hot Guy navigates the tricky combination of chick lit and romance with exuberance. The plot is wacky, the jokes dirty, and the friendships and... Read more

Congratulations Maree Coote & Melbournestyle Books x

Spellbound: Making Pictures with the A-B-C has been shortlisted for the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books in the 2017 CBCA Awards.

Order now from Dennis Jones & Associates (orders@dennisjones.com.au).

ISBN 9780992491727, $39.99 FIRM SALE. Limited stock—reprint due in 6-8 weeks.


Availability of Allen & Unwin CBCA and Crichton Shortlisted titles x

Allen & Unwin congratulates our CBCA and Crichton shortlisted authors and illustrators.

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

  • Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade by Kate Temple and Jol Temple, illustrated by Jon Foye (9781760291938, $12.99). Reprinting, orders to be supplied from 7 April.
  • Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr (9781760290023, $16.99). Reprinting, orders to be supplied from 10 April.
  • Rockhopping by Trace Balla (9781760112349, $24.99). Reprinting, orders to be supplied from 19 May.
  • A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee (9781848125742, $19.99). Reprinting, orders to be supplied from 14 April.

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

  • Go Home, Cheeky Animals! by Johanna Bell, illustrated by Dion Beasley (9781760291655, $24.99). Reprinting, orders to be supplied from 19 May.
  • The Snow Wombat by Susannah Chambers, illustrated by Mark Jackson (9781760113810, $24.99). Reprinting, orders to be supplied from 19 May.

The Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

  • Fabish: The Horse that Braved a Bushfire by Neridah McMullin, illustrated by Andrew McLean (9781925266863, $24.99). Reprinting, orders to be supplied from 19 May.

The Crichton Award for New Illustrators

  • Small Things by Mel Tregonning (9781742379791, $29.99). Reprinting, orders to be supplied from 26 May.

Orders and enquiries to UBD: tel 1800 33 88 36, fax 03 9811 2403.


S&S bids farewell to Ed Petrie x

It is with great sadness and gratitude that Simon & Schuster Australia bids farewell to Publishing Services Manager, Ed Petrie this week.

Ed has been a vital part of the Simon & Schuster team since 2009 and has a wealth of experience that can be matched by very few in the industry. Over the last 35 years he has witnessed incredible change and has never faltered, always ready for the next challenge and looking for new ways to make things better. Ed’s professionalism, can-do attitude, attention to detail, knowledge, passion for achieving the very best results, creativity and great sense of humour have made a large and invaluable contribution to the growth and achievements of Simon & Schuster.

Ed will be leaving Simon & Schuster to enjoy a new life in Far North Queensland with his partner Sandra and, while we are very sad to see him go, we wish him the very best of luck with his new adventure.

Please keep in touch or share your thanks with Ed at edp347@bigpond.com.


Submissions Open: Best Australian Writing 2017 x

Submissions for the Best Australian Writing 2017 anthologies are now open! Black Inc. is thrilled to announce that we have Maxine Beneba Clarke (Stories), Anna Goldsworthy (Essays) and Sarah Holland-Batt (Poems) on board as editors. Visit bestaustralianwriting.com.au for submission guidelines.


NewSouth congratulates Bishop on Ashurst Prize win x

NewSouth would like to congratulate Catherine Bishop on winning the 2016 Ashurst Business Literature Prize for her book Minding Her Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Australia. Bishop was presented with the $30,000 prize at an event last week.

To order please contact TL Distribution (P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au).




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