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3 May 2017


Miles Franklin Literary Award 2017 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. The longlisted titles are: The Easy Way Out (Steven Amsterdam, Hachette) An Isolated... Read more
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McKinty wins 2017 Edgar Award

Melbourne-based Irish author Adrian McKinty has won the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best paperback original for his novel Rain Dogs (Serpent’s Tail). Rain... Read more


Foxlee wins 2017 Readings Children’s Book Prize

Karen Foxlee has won the 2017 Readings Children’s Book Prize for her middle-grade novel A Most Magical Girl (Piccadilly). Foxlee’s title was chosen from a shortlist... Read more
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ABIA 2017 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced. The titles in each category are: General fiction book of the year... Read more

Industry bodies back Australian Reading Hour campaign

Five industry bodies are backing the Australian Reading Hour campaign, which will promote the idea of ‘picking up a book and reading for an hour’... Read more
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A&U sells North American rights to microbe picture book

Allen & Unwin has sold North American rights to Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost’s picture book about microbes, Do Not Lick This Book, in a... Read more

‘The Garret’ podcast announces episodes with publishers, editors, booksellers, critics

The Australian writers podcast ‘The Garret’ has announced a series of special episodes with publishers, editors, booksellers and critics, beginning with Text publisher Michael Heyward... Read more

Byron Writers Festival unveils StoryBoard Bus

The Byron Writers Festival has launched its StoryBoard Bus, a travelling creative writing program that will take authors and illustrators into schools across NSW’s Northern... Read more

Melbourne Prize announces new award to acknowledge Melbourne’s UNESCO City of Literature status

The Melbourne Prize Trust and the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office have announced a new award to acknowledge Melbourne’s City of Literature status. The... Read more

EWF Monash Writing Prize 2017 shortlist announced

Fifteen writers have been shortlisted for the 2017 Emerging Writers’ Festival’s (EWF) Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing. The shortlisted stories and their authors are:... Read more

Two writers named as winners of the SA Hachette Mentoring Program

Writers Dee Ayer and Jessie Byrne have been named as the winners of the second South Australian Hachette Mentoring Program. Ayer and Byrne will work... Read more

J K Rowling tops 2016 ‘Sunday Times’ author rich list

In the UK, J K Rowling has once again topped the Sunday Times author rich list, with the author’s personal wealth rising to £650m (A$1.12b)... Read more

Barnes & Noble appoints new CEO amid sales slump

In the US, bookselling chain Barnes & Noble has appointed Demos Parneros as its CEO, replacing interim chief Len Riggio, reports Publishers Weekly. Riggio has... Read more

UK book sales up 7% in 2016, according to Publishers Association report x

UK publishers’ book sales were up 7% to £4.8bn (A$8.3bn) in 2016, according to the Publishers Association’s annual yearbook, reports Publishers Weekly. The growth was... Read more

US author Bret Anthony Johnston wins £30,000 ‘Sunday Times’ Short Story Award

In the UK, US writer Bret Anthony Johnston has won the £30,000 (A$51,850) Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for ‘Half of What Atlee Rouse... Read more

HarperCollins US launches literacy promotion for 200th anniversary

HarperCollins US has launched #WhyIRead, a social media campaign to highlight literacy, which is timed to coincide with the publisher’s 200th anniversary, reports Publishers Weekly. The... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Text has sold Catalan and Lithuanian rights to Fear (Dirk Kurbjuweit) to Ara Llibres and Baltos Lankos, respectively; Dutch rights to The Spare Room... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Swedish writer Jo Nesbo’s latest Harry Hole mystery, The Thirst (Harvill Secker), has climbed into second spot in the top 10 bestsellers this week. Its rapid... Read more

Anna Spargo-Ryan’s ‘The Gulf’ x

‘Just a year after her debut novel The Paper House was released to enthusiastic reviews, Anna Spargo-Ryan returns with another impressive novel that will have... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘This year’s longlist, unusually, is nearly all contemporary and urban’State Library of NSW Mitchell librarian Richard Neville on the Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist


SA library launches soft toy echidna into space

Tea Tree Gully library in South Australia has launched a soft toy echidna into space to encourage local children’s interest in the history of space... Read more

New SLNSW project showcases real-time catalogue searches

Researchers at the State Library of NSW have debuted a new webpage that shows what items people are accessing from the collection at any given... Read more

Carnegie Trust report ‘seriously avoids the truth’ about UK library sector decline

In the UK, library advocates have called for a Carnegie Trust report on the future of libraries to be withdrawn for ‘seriously avoid[ing] the truth’... Read more

UK to become first country to extend PLR to remote ebook, audiobook loans

In the UK, Parliament has passed legislation to make it the first country in the world to extend Public Lending Right (PLR) payments to remote... Read more

‘Books+Publishing’s guide to the Miles Franklin longlist x

Nine titles are vying for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award, including four from multinational publishers and five from small, independent publishers. Read Books+Publishing’s reviews... Read more

Kick on for Literacy at the Sydney Writers’ Festival x

The Epic Good Foundation will host a special fundraising event for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation called Kick on for Literacy at the Sydney Writers’ Festival... Read more

Hachette Australia congratulates our longlisted Miles Franklin authors x

Hachette Australia is delighted to congratulate Steven Amsterdam and Inga Simpson on being longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2017 for their novels, The Easy Way Out (ISBN 9780733636271, RRP $29.99) and Where the Trees Were (ISBN 9780733637858, RRP $19.99), respectively. Both books can be ordered from Alliance Distribution Services by calling (02) 4390 1300 or emailing adscs@alliancedist.com.au




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