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15 June 2017

White wins 2017 Vic Prem’s Unpublished Manuscript award; Affirm acquires winning title

Melbourne writer Christian White has won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript for his novel Decay Theory. The $15,000 award was... Read more

HarperCollins to acquire Working Title Press x

HarperCollins will acquire independent children’s publisher Working Title Press from 1 July 2017 following the retirement of its director Jane Covernton. Working Title Press will... Read more

Over 300 attend sold-out Reading Matters conference; teen autonomy, diversity discussed x

A capacity crowd of 320 librarians, booksellers, writers, publishers and YA enthusiasts attended the 2017 Reading Matters conference, held from 1-2 June at the Arts... Read more
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School supplier The Booklegger to close its print distribution business

Australian school supplier The Booklegger will close its print distribution business at the end of June ‘due to a monumental decline in school library purchasing’,... Read more

Byron Writers Festival 2017 program announced

The full program for the 2017 Byron Writers Festival, which runs from 4-6 August, has been announced. International guests include US debut novelist Kayla Rae... Read more

Authors recognised in 2017 Queen’s Birthday honours x

A number of Australian authors, librarians and book industry figures were recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Jeremy Fisher was awarded a Medal of... Read more
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Toltz wins Russell Prize for humour writing

Steve Toltz has won the 2017 Russell Prize for humour writing for his 2015 novel Quicksand (Penguin). Toltz’s ‘tragicomic bromance’ was chosen from a shortlist... Read more

Ditmar Awards 2017 winners announced

The winners of the 2017 Ditmar Awards for Australian science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing were announced at the 56th Australian National Science Fiction Convention Continuum 13 in... Read more

Pantera acquires ‘commercial literary fiction title’ from Gentill, debut novel from ‘Seizure’ novella winner

Pantera Press has acquired ANZ rights to a ‘commercial literary fiction title’ from Sulari Gentill, author of the ‘Rowland Sinclair’ historical crime fiction series. Crossing... Read more
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ABC Books acquires ‘Aussie Legends Alphabet’ in two-book deal x

HarperCollins Publishers’ ABC Books imprint has acquired graphic designer and illustrator Beck Feiner’s debut picture book Aussie Legends Alphabet in a two-book deal at auction... Read more

Ngaio Marsh Award 2017 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2017 Ngaio Marsh award for New Zealand crime fiction has been announced. The longlisted works are: Dead Lemons (Finn Bell, self-published)... Read more

Longlist for ‘KYD’ Unpublished Manuscript Award announced

The longlist for the inaugural Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award has been announced. The longlisted authors and their works are: Alice Bishop for ‘A... Read more

Nagle appointed CEO of NZ Society of Authors

Jenny Nagle has joined the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ) as CEO, replacing former CEO Jackie Dennis. Nagle has worked in management, sales... Read more

‘New Philosopher’, ‘Womankind’ publishers to open specialist bookstore in Hobart

The publishers of New Philosopher and Womankind magazines, Antonia Case and Zan Boag, will open a specialist bookshop and tea atelier, called Poet 130, in... Read more

Edinburgh Book Festival partners with WORD Christchurch, Creative NZ

A number of New Zealand writers will participate in this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival thanks to a new partnership between the festival, WORD Christchurch... Read more

Carmody named 2017 ACT Writer-in-Residence

Fantasy author Isobelle Carmody has been named the 2017 ACT Writer-in-Residence, an initiative of the ACT Writers Centre and UNSW Canberra. As part of the... Read more

NT History Book Awards 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2017 Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award has been announced. The four shortlisted titles are: Remember Me Kindly: A History... Read more

PANZ Book Design Awards 2017 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2017 Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Best... Read more

Booktopia shortlisted for several online retail awards

Online bookseller Booktopia has been shortlisted in several categories in the 2017 Online Retail Industry Awards (ORIAs). Booktopia is a finalist for Best Pureplay Online... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Most emerging writers are not new. Or young. We emerging writers spend a long time in that cramped, dark airless birth canal’—writer Melanie Cheng speaks... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The top five titles in this week’s highest new entries chart have all debuted within the top 20, and the top three are among the... Read more

RiP John McIntyre x

John McIntyre, co-owner of The Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie, Wellington, has died, aged 65. A former primary school teacher, McIntyre opened the specialist children’s bookshop in 1992.... Read more

RiP Baba Schwartz x

Author Baba Schwartz has died, aged 89. Schwartz was the author of two books: the 2003 cookbook The Lost Art of Baking with Yeast: Delicious... Read more

Grossman wins Man Booker International Prize for ‘A Horse Walks into a Bar’

Israeli writer David Grossman has won this year’s Man Booker International Prize for his novel A Horse Walks into a Bar (trans by Jessica Cohen,... Read more

Alderman wins 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

British author Naomi Alderman has won the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her fourth novel The Power (Viking). Alderman’s dystopian thriller is the... Read more

Revenue flat at Wiley US, down in publishing division

In the US, declines in John Wiley’s publishing division offset increases in other categories, reports Publishers Weekly. Total revenue stayed flat at US$1.72bn (A$2.28bn) in... Read more

US audiobook sales up 18.2% in 2016

In the US, a new report by the Audio Publishers Association (APA) found audiobook sales grew 18.2% in 2016 compared to the previous year, reports... Read more

German book sales up marginally in 2016; online retailers increase market share

In Germany, book trade association Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels has released data showing sales of books and journals in Germany in 2016 rose marginally for... Read more

PRH acquires literary merchandiser Out of Print

Penguin Random House (PRH) has acquired the US-based literary merchandiser Out of Print, reports Publishers Weekly. Founded in 2010, Out of Print produces literary-themed clothing,... Read more

IPR License launches online rights buying option

Rights and licensing trading platform IPR License has launched a new service allowing sellers to place ‘buy rights’ buttons next to their titles on the... Read more

Child named UK Children’s Laureate

In the UK, children’s author Lauren Child has been appointed the 10th Waterstones Children’s Laureate. Child is best known as the creator of the ‘Charlie... Read more

Library sector recognised in 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours

A number of members of the library sector were recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. John Neville Shipp was awarded a Member of the... Read more

MPs pressure Geelong council over library closures

Victorian state and federal MPs continue to pressure the City of Greater Geelong over its decision to close three libraries across the city, reports the... Read more

Michael Palin donates more than 50 notebooks to the British Library

In the UK, writer and Monty Python co-creator Michael Palin has donated more than 50 notebooks of original sketches and ideas for Monty Python to... Read more

Hanging in the balance: Gender parity in classroom text lists x

With the Victorian Year 12 English text list recently reaching gender parity, Bec Kavanagh investigates how text lists are generated in other states and whether... Read more

Book blogger spotlight: Tea in the Treetops x

Brisbane-based bloggers Anni and Philippa met through blogging about World of Warcraft, and now blog together at Tea in the Treetops, which focuses on YA,... Read more

Pip Harry’s ‘Because of You’ x

‘Pip Harry doesn’t shy away from some heavy topics … but Because of You is ultimately a hopeful story about human resilience and the life-changing power of discovering... Read more

Footprint to distribute Penn State University Press x

Publisher: Penn State University Press Old distributor: None New distributor: Footprint Books Changeover date: 1 June 2017 Returns cut-off: 1 June 2017 Contact URL: www.footprint.com.au

Footprint to distribute Emerald Publishing x

Publisher: Emerald Publishing Old distributor: none New distributor: Footprint Books Changeover date: 1 June 2017 Returns cut-off: 1 June 2017 Contact URL: www.footprint.com.au

ANZSI Southern Highlands basic indexing course x

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) will hold a basic indexing course on Friday 21 July, before a two-day symposium. Details and... Read more

ANZSI Southern Highlands Indexing Symposium x

Bookings are now open for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) Southern Highlands Indexing Symposium. Sessions include managing clients, history of alphabetico-specific... Read more

ABA Conference and Trade Exhibition now fully booked x

Bookings are now closed for the ABA Conference and Trade Exhibition. The soldout Trade Exhibition has a significant waiting list and the conference is fully... Read more

Entries now open for 2018 CBCA Book of the Year Awards x

Entries for the 2018 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards are now open. The 2018 awards will be presented to... Read more

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