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24 May 2017


NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2017 winners announced

The winners of the 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards were presented at a ceremony at the State Library of NSW on 22 May. Leah Purcell’s... Read more
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Lee Child tops ALIA most borrowed list; crime and thrillers most popular titles

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has partnered with library provider Civica to compile a list of most borrowed books from Australian libraries from May... Read more

First authors announced for 2017 Byron Writers Festival

The first authors have been announced for the 2017 Byron Writers Festival, which runs from 4-6 August. International guests include US science writer Dava Sobel;... Read more
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Authors announced for Canberra Writers Festival

A number of authors have been announced for the second Canberra Writers Festival, which runs from 25-27 August. Festival guests include Maggie Alderson, Richard Fidler, Julia... Read more

Blay releases Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship report

Harlequin executive senior editor Annabel Blay has released her Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship report into fiction editing in the US following a 10-week placement in... Read more
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Morrissey, Connolly to be inducted into ABIA Hall of Fame

Novelist Di Morrissey and literary agent Margaret Connolly will be inducted into the ABIA Hall of Fame at a ceremony on 25 May in Sydney.... Read more

Jenkins replaces Szubanski as ABIAs MC

Comedian and presenter on the ABC’s The Checkout Ben Jenkins will replace Magda Szubanski as the host of the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) at... Read more

MWF 2017 schools program released

The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has released its schools program for 2017. This year’s program, which runs from 28 to 31 August, features US author... Read more

Scribe acquires world English-language rights to French president’s memoir

Scribe has acquired world English-language rights to recently elected French president Emmanuel Macron’s memoir Revolution. The memoir has become a bestseller in France following its publication... Read more

ASA urges government to extend PLR scheme to ebooks, audiobooks

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has written to communications minister Mitch Fifield urging the government to extend the Public Lending Right (PLR) and Educational Lending... Read more

Australians longlisted for 2017 CWA Daggers

A number of Australian authors have been longlisted for the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) 2017 Dagger awards. The Dry by Jane Harper (Macmillan) has... Read more

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‘Smile Cry’ wins SCBWI Crystal Kite Award

The picture book Smile Cry by Tania McCartney and Jess Racklyeft (EK Books) has won the Australian and New Zealand division of this year’s Crystal... Read more


HarperCollins acquires Henry-Jones’ YA novel

HarperCollins has acquired Eliza Henry-Jones’ YA novel From the Sea in a two-book deal via Sally Bird at Calidiris Literary Agency. From the Sea is... Read more

Walkley Foundation to administer Pascall Prize for arts criticism

The Walkley Foundation will administer the Pascall Prize for arts criticism and will present a new award for arts journalism, as part of its mid-year... Read more

Audible Australia releases first local audio series

Audible Australia has released its first original local audio series, a free six-episode series exploring marriage equality, produced in partnership with the Equality Campaign. The... Read more

Adams win ‘ABR’ Calibre Essay prize

Writer Michael Adams has won the Australian Book Review’s annual Calibre Essay Prize, worth $5000. Adams’ essay ‘Salt Blood’, a mediation on freediving and mortality,... Read more

Johnson awarded ‘ABR’ Gender fellowship

Academic Marguerite Johnson has been awarded the inaugural Australian Book Review fellowship for a proposed essay on Joan Lindsay’s Picnic at Hanging Rock. Johnson’s essay, ‘Mapping... Read more


Eckermann wins inaugural Red Room Poetry fellowship

Ali Cobby Eckermann has won the inaugural Red Room Poetry fellowship. Eckermann was chosen from a shortlist of 10 poets. She receives a $5000 stipend,... Read more

‘Feminartsy’ announces winners of inaugural Fiction and Memoir Prizes

Online journal Feminartsy has announced the winners of its inaugural Fiction and Memoir prizes. Elizabeth Flux won the Fiction Prize for her piece ‘Best Laid... Read more


Durneen wins UK award for best short story collection

UK author Lucy Durneen’s short story collection Wild Gestures, which is published by Adelaide-based small press MidnightSun, has won the prize for best short story... Read more

Nick Hardie-Grant appointed MD of Hardie Grant Media

Nick Hardie-Grant has been appointed managing director of Hardie Grant’s marketing and custom-publishing business Hardie Grant Media, effective from 5 June. Hardie-Grant takes over from... Read more

Scribd adds newspaper content, reports over 500k subscribers

US-based online reading subscription service Scribd has expanded its content to include newspapers, reports Publishers Weekly. Subscribers will now have access to selected articles from... Read more

Harlequin US cancels five original mass-market lines

In the US, Harlequin is closing five mass-market original lines, reports Publishers Weekly. The romance publisher has confirmed a report on Book Riot that it... Read more

Amazon introduces weekly bestseller lists

In the US, Amazon has introduced a weekly bestseller list that will rank titles based on sales and borrow-rates across all its platforms and formats,... Read more

Hachette UK CEO Hely Hutchinson to retire

Hachette UK (HUK) has announced CEO Tim Hely Hutchinson will step down from the position at the end of the year, reports the Bookseller. David... Read more

Bloomsbury revenues up 15% overall, 48% in children’s

Bloomsbury’s revenues have grown 15% to £142.6m (A$249m) in the 12 months ending in February 2017, reports the Bookseller. The biggest growth came from children’s... Read more

French publisher Nyssen appointed culture minister

Françoise Nyssen, CEO of French publishing house Éditions Actes Sud, has been appointed Culture Minister in newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron’s cabinet, reports Artnet. Belgian-born Nyssen trained... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Paula Hawkins’ Into the Water (Doubleday) has retained the top spot the overall bestsellers chart for its second week of release, ahead of The Barefoot Investor... Read more

Felicity Castagna’s ‘No More Boats’ x

‘In a beautifully observed study of migrants who are acceptable (the Italians, the Greeks), tolerated (the Vietnamese) and deplored (the asylum seeker “flood” of the... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Whenever we are honest about sales results, authors despair and readers are puzzled, imagining that the myth of instant success and quitting the day job is real’UWA Publishing’s Terri-ann White on the challenges facing Australian publishers, particularly small presses


Inaugural Library Design Awards shortlists announced

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced the shortlists for the inaugural Library Design Awards, which aim to showcase the best in contemporary... Read more

Geelong confirms closure of three library branches

A campaign to save three Geelong libraries from closure has failed, with Geelong council confirming it will close the libraries at the end of September, reports... Read more

Under the influence: Reaching online influencers x

As ‘old media’ books coverage shrinks, the influence of voices in ‘new media’ is becoming increasingly important. But how do publishers reach online influencers—and how... Read more

Book blogger spotlight: Readers in Wonderland

Australian blogger Rebecca Daly collaborates with US-based Alise McGriffin on YA blog Readers in Wonderland, where they post ‘reviews, pretty pictures and fangirling’. Daly’s blogging... Read more

Seminar: Between the Covers, Behind the Counter: Children’s Bookselling and Publishing x

The Children’s Publishing Committee of the APA, in conjunction with the ABA, will hold a one-day seminar on children’s publishing and bookselling called Between the Covers,... Read more

Editors NSW: June speaker meeting x

Editors NSW’s June speaker meeting will focus on how editors can use their networks to keep abreast of publishing trends and opportunities. Presenter Melissa Faulkner... Read more

Independent Publishing Conference 2017: Call for Papers x

The Small Press Network is seeking papers that engage with publishing’s past and its future for the 2017 Independent Publishing Conference. Papers that explore aspects... Read more

'Smile Cry' (EK Books) wins The SCBWI Crystal Kite Award

Congratulations to Tania McCartney and Jess Racklyeft! Their delightful picture book, Smile Cry, has won SCBWI’s 2017 Crystal Kite Award for the Australia/New Zealand region. The annual Crystal Kite Award is a peer-given award to recognise great books from 15 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) regional divisions around the world.

Smile Cry

Hardcover ISBN 9781921966989 RRP$19.99

Paperback ISBN 9781925335378 RRP$14.99

EK Books is an imprint of Exisle Publishing


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The July issue of Books+Publishing includes features on: illustrated books, audiobooks and podcasts, publishing for millennials, and science books for kids. PLUS our annual Christmas preview.

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NewSouth Books no longer distributing Edinburgh University Press x

NewSouth Books will no longer be distributing Edinburgh University Press from June 30. Returns will be accepted until September 30.


NewSouth Books congratulates Charlie Jane Anders on her Nebula Award x

We’re thrilled to announce Charlie Jane Anders’ fabulous debut All the Birds in the Sky (9781785650550, Titan Publishing Group) has been awarded ‘best novel’ in the 2017 Nebula Awards. Anders is also currently nominated for a Hugo Award. To order please contact TL Distribution on (02) 8778 9999 or orders@tldistribution.com.au.


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NewSouth Books congratulates winners of 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

NewSouth Books would like to congratulate the following publishers on their success in this year’s NSW Premier’s Literary Awards: Currency Press for Leah Purcell’s The Drover’s Wife (9781925005714); Inkerman & Blunt with Vancouver: Wisdom Tree 3 (9780994480804) by Nick Earls; Giramondo Press for Michelle Cahill’s Letter to Pessoa (9781925336146); Vagabond Press for Peter Boyle’s Ghostspeaking (9781922181787). To order these winning titles, please contact TL Distribution on (02) 8778 9999 or orders@tldistribution.com.au.




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