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27 April 2017

NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2017 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Christina Stead Prize for Fiction ($40,000)... Read more
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Peričić wins Vogel for ‘The Lost Pages’

Melbourne writer Marija Peričić has won the 2017 Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award for The Lost Pages, a fictional memoir of Czech writer Max Brod. The Lost Pages... Read more

Amazon ‘making plans’ for Australian entry

Amazon has confirmed to Business Insider it is ‘making plans now’ to bring a retail offering to Australia. In a brief statement, Amazon said it is... Read more
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Copyright Agency confirms fund for advocacy, legal cases

The Copyright Agency has confirmed it has amassed a fund to help to support advocacy and run legal cases in the event of changes to... Read more

New Melbourne Jewish Book Week to host inaugural event in May

The newly established Melbourne Jewish Book Week will host its first event on the 28 May, ahead of its first full program in May 2018. Curated... Read more
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Affirm moves sales, distribution to Hachette

Affirm Press titles will be distributed by Alliance Distribution Services (ADS) and sold by Hachette from 3 July. ADS and Hachette will take over the... Read more


Children’s and YA bookstore Squishy Minnie opens in regional Victoria x

A new children’s and YA specialist bookstore, Squishy Minnie, has opened in the regional town of Kyneton in Victoria. Owner Kristen Proud told Books+Publishing the... Read more


‘Dragonkeeper’ to become an animated film

Carole Wilkinson’s children’s book Dragonkeeper (Black Dog Books) is being adapted into an animated feature film. The China-Spain co-production was announced at the Beijing Film... Read more


‘Who’s Afraid?’ optioned for TV

Maria Lewis’ supernatural novel Who’s Afraid? (Hachette) has been optioned for television by Queensland production company Hoodlum Entertainment. The deal, which was negotiated by Alex... Read more


New children’s and YA publisher launches in NZ

Two New Zealand publishers, Christine Dale and Jenny Nagle, have launched a new independent children’s and YA publisher, OneTree House. In a statement, Dale and... Read more


NZ picture book trilogy to be published as augmented reality titles

In the US, Sourcebooks has published the first in a trilogy of picture books by New Zealand author James Russell and illustrator Link Choi with... Read more

Man Booker International Prize 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Compass (Mathias Enard, trans by Charlotte Mandell, Fitzcarraldo Editions)... Read more


De Kerangal wins 2017 Wellcome Book Prize

Maylis de Kerangal has won the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize for Mend the Living (MacLehose Press), a novel that tracks the journey of a heart from... Read more

Granta announces Best Young American Novelists list

UK literary journal Granta has revealed its Best Young American Novelists list for 2017, which honours 21 writers under the age of 40. The writers... Read more

Children’s imprint Penguin Workshop to launch in the US

In the US, Penguin Random House will launch a new children’s imprint called Penguin Workshop with an emphasis on ‘accessible titles and brands’, reports Publishers... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction—Black Inc. has sold UK rights to She’s Having Her Baby and Crazy Busy Guilty (both Lauren Sams) to Legend Press; and North American... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo, Particular Books) has shot up the charts to fourth spot in this week’s top... Read more

Danielle Binks’ ‘Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology’ x

‘With pieces that range from the fantastical to those grounded firmly in reality, this collection has a lot to offer its young-adult readership’ … read... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Although we will remain very fond of the print magazine, for a small publisher with the ambitions to continue publishing more writers, to better remunerate them, and to create new opportunities… We couldn’t have it both ways’—Kill Your Darlings co-founder Rebecca Starford on the literary journal’s transition from print to online-only


Government to consult further with stakeholders on safe harbour x

The federal government will undertake further consultation with stakeholders on extending safe harbour provisions in the Copyright Act prior to introducing amended legislation. As previously... Read more

Boston Public Library returns 14th-century manuscript to Italy

In the US, the Boston Public Library has returned a manuscript written in the 14th century to Italy, reports the Boston Globe. Two other items were... Read more

Children’s Institute 2017: STEM, mindfulness books contributing to growth x

STEM, mindfulness, graphic novels, pre-digital nostalgia and diversity were among the trends discussed at this year’s Children’s Institute in the US, reports Readings Kids manager... Read more

Book blogger spotlight: Book Thingo

Kat Mayo runs the romance-focused blog Book Thingo, which started in 2008 as a spin-off from her personal blog. ‘At the time, it was difficult to... Read more

Editors NSW workshop: Editing children’s and YA fiction x

Editors NSW will host a workshop on editing children’s and YA fiction. Publisher and editor Zoe Walton will cover some of the key elements to consider... Read more

New $10,000 award seeks design concepts for a public artwork to celebrate Melbourne City of Literature x

The Melbourne City of Literature Office and the Melbourne Prize Trust are working together on a new Award to acknowledge Melbourne’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature.

Valued at $10,000, the Public Artwork Design Concept Award 2017—Crafting a City of Literature—is now open for entries (closing 17 May).

Please visit www.melbourneprize.org. (The Melbourne Prize for Literature & Awards will be offered in 2018.)


NewSouth Congratulates Authors of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards x

NewSouth is thrilled to congratulate all authors shortlisted for the NSW PLAs. For fiction Vancouver (Inkerman & Blunt); for new writing Letter to Pessoa (Giramondo) and The Bonobo’s Dream (Xoum); for poetry Ghostspeaking (Vagabond), Burnt Umber (UWA) and Fragments (Giramondo); for playwriting The Drover’s Wife (Currency Press) and Ladies Day (Currency Press); for the Multicultural NSW Award Offshore (NewSouth); and finally for the Translation Prize to Jennifer Lindsay, author of In Other Words (NewSouth).

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