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10 May 2017

Budget confirms return of Catalyst funding to OzCo

The 2017-18 federal budget has confirmed the return of Catalyst funding to the Australia Council, first announced in March this year. The budget papers show... Read more
 

Federal government extends $20,000 tax write-off for small business

The federal government will extend its $20,000 ‘instant’ tax deduction threshold for small businesses for another 12 months. The scheme, which was first introduced in... Read more
 

 

Russell Prize for Humour Writing 2017 shortlist announced

The State Library of NSW has announced the shortlist for the 2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing. The shortlisted titles are: Going Out Backwards: A... Read more
 
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EWF 2017 program launched

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has announced its full 2017 program, which runs from 14-23 June in venues across Melbourne’s CBD, Footscray and Dandenong. The... Read more
 

Wheeler Centre receives $300,000 for new podcasting centre

The Victorian government has allocated $300,000 to the Wheeler Centre in its 2017-18 state budget for a new podcasting centre. The Wheeler Centre will use the... Read more
 

Four publishers selected for Austrade China-Korea trip

Representatives from four Australian publishers have been selected to participate in the 2017 Austrade China-Korea Publisher Visits program. The delegation, led by Penguin Random House... Read more
 
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Cece wins 2017 Text Prize

Adelaide-based author Adam Cece has won the 2017 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing for his middle-grade manuscript ‘The Extremely Weird Thing That... Read more
 

Ditmar Awards 2017 ballot announced

The ballot for the 2017 Ditmar Awards was announced on 10 April. The shortlisted works include: Best Novel The Grief Hole (Kaaron Warren, IFWG) The... Read more
 

 

Winder promoted to MD of Hachette NZ; plans for local publishing program x

Hachette New Zealand’s sales and marketing director Mel Winder has been promoted to managing director of the New Zealand business. Winder has run Hachette’s New... Read more
 
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Copyright Agency defends Future Fund x

The Copyright Agency has defended its $15m Future Fund, to be used for advocacy and litigation in response to the threat of changes to the... Read more
 

ASA conducting pay-rate survey; plans to update ‘rates schedules’ x

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) is conducting a survey of pay rates for writers and illustrators ‘as a first step towards updating the rates... Read more
 

 

‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ sets Dymocks’ record for fastest selling book this year

US YA author Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Wings and Ruin sold over 1300 units across Dymocks stores on its 2 May release date,... Read more
 

 

PRH acquires ‘subversive’ boarding school YA debut

Penguin Random House Australia has acquired the rights to Margot McGovern’s contemporary YA debut Neverland. Random House Young Readers publisher Zoe Walton acquired ANZ rights and... Read more
 

 

Affirm acquires ‘The Uncollected Plays of Shaun Micallef’ x

Affirm Press has acquired a collection of playscripts by comedian Shaun Micallef, to be published next year. In a statement, Affirm publishing director Martin Hughes... Read more
 

New ILF app to help children in remote WA community read in their first language

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) has launched a new app in Ngaanyatjarra and English languages for the Warburton community in Western Australia. The app, which... Read more
 

CBCA partners with party supplies company

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has partnered with Australian party supplies company The Party People to promote Children’s Book Week. The CBCA said... Read more
 

Hawthorne, Henke and Richards receive Vic Supreme Court Inspire Awards

Writers Susan Hawthorne, Frances Henke and Kate Richards have been presented with Inspire Awards for Best Achievement in Writing, administered by the Victorian Supreme Court’s... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

‘In Australia we are all, increasingly, being denied participation in, and exposure to, art and arts criticism’—Anwen Crawford on ‘the crisis in Australian arts coverage’... Read more
 

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold world German-language rights to Bonkers (Michelle Holman) to Verlagsgruppe Droemer Knaur. Scribe has sold UK & Commonwealth audio rights to The... Read more
 

 

Bestsellers this week x

A number of new releases have entered the top 10 bestsellers chart this week, although none could unseat The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, Wrightbooks) from the... Read more
 

New ‘Books+Publishing’ reviews out now x

Books+Publishing’s latest Reviews newsletter contains eight reviews of books publishing in June and July 2017. The two highest scoring books were Steven Lang’s Hinterland (UQP,... Read more
 

New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest Junior newsletter contains nine reviews of books publishing in June and July. The two highest-scoring titles were Kyle Hughes-Odgers’ picture-book One Thousand Trees... Read more
 

New Amazon policy allows third-party resellers to ‘win’ Buy Box

A new Amazon policy introduced on 1 March allows third-party sellers to compete for the Buy Box usually reserved for the publisher, reports the Huffington... Read more
 

EC makes removal of Amazon’s ‘Most Favoured Nation’ ebook clause legally binding

The European Commission has accepted Amazon’s offer to remove its ‘Most Favoured Nation’ clauses from ebook contracts, which had required publishers to give Amazon either... Read more
 

Pan Macmillan, Waterstones among the winners at British Book Awards

Pan Macmillan has been named Publisher of the Year at the British Book Awards for the second time in three years, reports the Bookseller. Pan... Read more
 

 

Spufford wins 2017 Ondaatje Prize

Francis Spufford’s debut novel Golden Hill (Faber) has won the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize in the UK. The annual £10,000 (A$17,630) prize is... Read more
 

Arthur C Clarke Award 2017 shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the 2017 Arthur C Clarke Award for science-fiction has been announced. The six shortlisted titles are: A Closed and... Read more
 

Pearson shareholders vote to reject CEO’s $2.6m pay packet

In the UK, a majority of Pearson voted to reject CEO John Fallon’s £1.5m (A$2.62m) pay packet following a year in which the company made... Read more
 

 

Clinton, Patterson collaborate on novel

Former US president Bill Clinton and author James Patterson have teamed up to write a political thriller, which will be published by Cornerstone in June... Read more
 

 

Residents petition to save Geelong’s Chilwell library

Residents in the Geelong suburb of Chilwell are petitioning to save their library after the Geelong council announced it was one of three libraries set... Read more
 

ALIA fellowship presented to health librarian Ann Ritchie

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) board of directors has awarded an ALIA fellowship to Ann Ritchie for her work in the field of... Read more
 

US Library Systems Report explores ‘businesses consolidation and tech innovation’

The American Library Association’s American Libraries publication has released its annual Library Systems Report by library technology consultant Marshall Breeding. The report argues that the... Read more
 

Margaret Hamilton: A life in children’s books

Former children’s book publisher Margaret Hamilton AM recently retired from the national board of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) after 57 years with... Read more
 

Book blogger spotlight: Reading Matters

UK-based Australian blogger Kim Forrester started Reading Matters in 2004 to help her remember what she was reading. Now she likes to focus on ‘books... Read more
 

Inga Simpson’s ‘Understory: A Life with Trees’ x

‘While each of Simpson’s novels has shown a strong connection to land and nature, this book allows her to expand her observations and concerns, and... Read more
 

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