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28 June 2017


Australia Council report finds decline in reading from 2013-2016 x

The number of Australians reading creative writing has declined over the past three years, according to the Australia Council’s third National Arts Participation Survey. The... Read more
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Bloomsbury, bookstores mark Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary x

Publisher Bloomsbury and bookstores around Australia celebrated the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on 26 June with in-store... Read more

Colin Roderick Award 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Colin Roderick Award and H T Priestley Memorial Medal, administered by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies at James Cook... Read more
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Berry, Bruce win inaugural Woollahra Digital Literary Awards

Vanessa Berry and Melissa Bruce have won the inaugural Woollahra Digital Literary Awards for writing that was first published online or electronically. Berry won the... Read more


A&U acquires second book from Clementine Ford

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired a second book from Fight Like a Girl author Clementine Ford, to be published in late 2018. Boys Will... Read more
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Writers Victoria announces $300,000 literary travel fund

Writers Victoria has announced a new literary travel fund, providing $300,000 in grants to writers, editors, agents, publishers, booksellers and other literary professionals over the... Read more


Twelfth Planet Press reaches $20,000 Kickstarter goal for new anthology

Genre publisher Twelfth Planet Press has reached its $20,000 Kickstarter campaign goal to produce Mother of Invention, an ‘ambitious’ anthology of stories about gender as... Read more

Black Inc. signs Deborah Cass prize winner Giovannoni; acquires new books by Hunt, De Kretser

Black Inc. has acquired 2015 Deborah Cass award winner Moreno Giovannoni’s book of linked tales about a Tuscan village and the lives of its occupants, Tales... Read more


HGE to publish Micallef’s debut children’s book in October x

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) will publish Shaun Micallef’s debut children’s book, Tales From a Tall Forest, on 16 October. The book will be published in... Read more

Antidote festival to replace Festival of Dangerous Ideas

The Sydney Opera House will host a new two-day festival dedicated to progressive ideas and activism from 2-3 September. The Antidote festival replaces the Sydney... Read more


The ‘Monthly’ to increase online reviews in ‘conscious move’ to counter media’s decreased arts coverage

The Monthly magazine will increase its online arts and culture reviews, including books, films, TV, theatre, music and art, in a ‘conscious move to counter... Read more


Shortlist for ‘KYD’ Unpublished Manuscript Award announced

The shortlist for the inaugural Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award has been announced. The shortlisted authors and their works are: Ashley Kalagian Blunt for... Read more


Spinifex acquires local rights to three new international titles

Spinifex Press has recently acquired ANZ rights to three new international titles, include UK author Jules Grant’s Steel Dagger Award-longlisted debut crime novel We Go Around... Read more

Government boosts funding for ArtsReady internship program

The federal government has announced an additional $200,000 in funding for its ArtsReady internship program, which assists arts and culture sector employers in providing 12-month... Read more


Agualusa wins 2017 International Dublin Literary Award

Angolan writer Jose Eduardo Agualusa’s A General Theory of Oblivion (trans by Daniel Hahn, Vintage) has won the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award. Agualusa’s novel about an exiled Portuguese... Read more

PRH to publish new John Green book in October

Penguin Random House is publishing a new YA novel by US author John Green, Turtles All the Way Down, in October. The book is Green’s... Read more

B&N sales fall 6.5% in fiscal 2017

Barnes & Noble (B&N) reported a 6.5% sales decline in the fiscal year ending 29 April 2017, with sales falling to US$3.89bn (A$5.1bn), reports Publishers... Read more


‘Ada Twist’ wins 2017 Little Rebels Children’s Book Award

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts (Abrams) has won the 2017 Little Rebels Children’s Book Award in the UK for... Read more


Spufford wins 2017 Desmond Elliott Prize

Francis Spufford has won the 2017 Desmond Elliott Prize for first-time novelists for Golden Hill (Faber). The winning novel, which is set in 18th-century New... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Fremantle Press has sold US and UK English-language rights to The Hope Fault (Tracy Farr) to Gallic Books imprint Aardvark Bureau. Giramondo has sold... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

The Clever Guts Diet (Michael Mosley, S&S) has retained the top spot in this week’s top 10 bestsellers chart, ahead of The Barefoot Investor (Scott... Read more

Melanie Cheng’s ‘Australia Day’ x

‘All of her characters—a diverse cast of different races and faiths—are searching for connection or a sense of belonging, and coming up short’ … read... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I am very fortunate to be involved in a number of supportive communities who rally when things like this happen—but rarely do I laugh quite as hard as I did when reading Avid Reader’s responses to these potatoes and their poxy outrage’Clementine Ford on Avid Reader’s response to social media abuse after the bookstore shared news of Ford’s new book


Wavesound launches new audiobook, magazine and ebook app for libraries

Wavesound will launch RBdigital, a new app where library members can access audiobooks, magazines and ebooks, in Australia on 28 June. The app combines the... Read more

Three Geelong libraries to stay open until mid-2018

Three Geelong libraries have been offered a one-year reprieve from the Geelong City Council, which has backed away from its decision to close them by... Read more

Millennials most likely to use public libraries: Pew

In the US, a Pew Research Center report has found that millennials (aged 18-35) are more likely to have visited a public library in the... Read more

ALA, Google announce new grants program to teach computer skills in libraries

In the US, the American Library Association (ALA) has announced a new US$500,000 (A$658,200) competitive grants program to teach computer skills in libraries, reports Publishers... Read more

Double Act: Hybrid authors on publishing both ways x

A new breed of hybrid authors are experimenting with self-publishing alongside traditional publishing. Jackie Tang and Andrea Hanke spoke to John Birmingham, Judy Horacek and... Read more

'The Cake and the Rain'—Jimmy Webb

The Cake and the Rain: ISBN 978-1-78558-618-7 Omnibus Press $49.95 is available now from Woodslane. Jimmy Webb plays Melbourne on June 27th, Sydney June 29th and Perth July 1st. The Wall Street Journal called it ‘quite possibly the best pop star autobiography ever written’. Order now to take advantage of the publicity and concert tour contact details on www.woodslane.com.au or email nicole.roberts@musicsales.com.au




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