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31 May 2017

Pan Macmillan, NewSouth win industry awards at 2017 ABIAs; ‘The Dry’ named Book of the Year

The winners of the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced in Sydney on 25 May. Pan Macmillan won Publisher of the Year and... Read more

VIPs program explores rights sales in China, Taiwan and India x

The annual Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) program was held during the 2017 Sydney Writers’ Festival. As part of the program, Australian publishers are given the... Read more

Macquarie University report into Australian readers finds broad support for local publishing industry

Macquarie University has published a report examining Australian book readers, the third and final stage of its three-year research project on Australia’s changing book industry. The... Read more
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Industry responds to Macquarie University readers survey

Author Melissa Lucashenko, Penguin Random House publisher Meredith Curnow and Avid Reader owner Fiona Stager participated in a panel on the Macquarie University survey of... Read more

Australian Book Design Awards 2017 winners announced

The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) announced the winners of the 2017 Australian Book Design Awards at an event in Sydney on 26 May. The... Read more

Inaugural Readings YA Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for the inaugural Readings Young Adult Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Boone Shepard (Gabriel Bergmoser, Bell Frog Books) Freedom Swimmer... Read more
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Davitt Awards 2017 longlists announced

Sisters in Crime has announced the longlists for the 2017 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. A total of 99 titles... Read more

Small publisher Grattan Street Press launches at the University of Melbourne

New small publisher Grattan Street Press launched its first book, John Lang’s colonial novel The Forger’s Wife, at an event at the University of Melbourne... Read more

Four writers named 2017 ‘SMH’ Best Young Australian Novelists

Jennifer Down, Rajith Savanadasa, Julie Koh and Josephine Rowe have been named Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists for 2017. The awards, which recognise... Read more
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MUP orders reprint of Milligan’s ‘Cardinal’

Melbourne University Press (MUP) has ordered a reprint of journalist Louise Milligan’s Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell following extensive media coverage and ‘through... Read more

Readings, Potts Point Bookshop ABIAs win sparks ILF donation

Bloomsbury has donated $10,000 to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) to honour Readings and Potts Point Bookshop’s Independent Book Retailer of the Year win at... Read more

David Jones, Adam Goodes team up for Indigenous literacy fundraising campaign

Retailer David Jones has launched a fundraising campaign with former AFL footballer Adam Goodes to increase awareness of the Indigenous literacy gap and raise money... Read more

Literary projects among the recipients of Creative Victoria’s arts grants

A number of literary projects have received funding in Creative Victoria’s latest arts grant round. Literary projects to receive funding are: Carly Godden ($19,022) for ‘development... Read more

BWF releases 2017 schools program

The Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) has released its 2017 Word Play program, designed for students from prep to year 12. The Word Play program, which... Read more

Ford Street to celebrate 10th birthday x

Independent children’s publisher Ford Street Publishing will celebrate its 10th birthday on 1 June. Publisher Paul Collins said Ford Street’s highlights include receiving shortlistings in... Read more

Wainwright wins British Sports Book Award

Australian journalist and author Robert Wainwright has won the Biography of the Year at the 2017 British Sports Book Awards for his book Maverick Mountaineer... Read more

Toni Collette options film rights to ‘The Best of Adam Sharp’

Actor Toni Collette’s new production company Vocab Films has optioned the novel and screenplay to Graeme Simsion’s The Best of Adam Sharp (Text). Simsion’s novel... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The role and value of Australian literary books and culture may need to be reconceptualised and communicated to younger Australians in new ways that are... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Giramondo has sold US rights to Border Districts and Stream System (Gerald Murnane) to Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Text has sold Turkish rights to... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Last week’s highest new entry, Lee Child’s No Middle Name (Bantam), has bumped Paula Hawkins’ Into the Water (Doubleday) from top spot in this week’s... Read more

New ‘Books+Publishing’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest reviews newsletter contains 20 reviews of books publishing in June to August. The highest-scoring books were Brigid Delaney’s nonfiction title Wellmania: Misadventures in... Read more

RiP Anthony Foster x

Advocate for child sexual abuse victims Anthony Foster has died, aged 64. Penguin Random House Australia writes: ‘Penguin Random House Australia is deeply saddened by... Read more

Nebula Awards 2016 winners announced

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the winners for the 2016 Nebula Awards, which are presented in 2017. All the Birds in... Read more

Matar wins Folio Prize for his memoir ‘The Return’

In the UK, Hisham Matar has won the relaunched £20,000 (A$34,610) Rathbones Folio Prize for his memoir The Return (Viking), reports the Bookseller. Matar’s memoir... Read more

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ tops Amazon bestsellers chart after UK TV debut

Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale (Vintage) has topped the Amazon bestsellers chart within hours of the TV adaptation debuting on UK television, reports the... Read more

New study finds government cuts put libraries at risk

A new study has found that the federal government’s ‘wilful neglect’ of Australia’s national libraries, galleries and museums is putting the nation’s shared history and... Read more

State Library of NSW to cease on-demand lending collection service

The State Library of NSW will cease its on-demand lending collection service, which circulates 80,000 items include LOTE and alternative format titles to NSW public... Read more

Leading UK writers to take residencies in London libraries

In the UK, writers Irenosen Okojie, Courttia Newland, Bidisha and Alex Wheatle will take up residencies in London libraries as part of a two-year project... Read more

Training opportunities for US editors

Harlequin executive senior editor Annabel Blay spent 10 weeks in New York researching fiction editing in the US as part of her Beatrice Davis Editorial... Read more

Book blogger spotlight: Diva Booknerd

YA and middle-grade book blogger Kelly from Diva Booknerd says she reviews books ‘purely on emotion and entertainment’, and enjoys the sense of community that... Read more

Melanie Joosten’s ‘Gravity Well’ x

‘Thirty years ago, American astronomer Carl Sagan described a photo of our planet as a blue dot: “That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you... Read more

Editors NSW workshop: The business of being a freelance editor x

Editors NSW will host a workshop for editors thinking about starting their own business and freelance editors in the early stages of being in business.... Read more

Hachette Australia congratulates ABIA winner Zana Fraillon

Hachette Australia is delighted to congratulate Zana Fraillon on her ABIA win for The Bone Sparrow (ISBN 9780734417138, RRP $19.99), Book of the Year for... Read more

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