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5 July 2017


The Witching Hours

Debut author Jack Henseleit’s The Witching Hours is the age-appropriate modern horror series the new generation of middle-grade readers have been waiting for. Publishing in August from... Read more
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Shortlist announced for National Biography Award 2017

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has announced the shortlist for the $25,000 National Biography Award. The shortlisted works are: The Unknown Judith... Read more

Rockpool to expand North American presence with new distributor x

Rockpool Publishing has moved its North American distribution to Red Wheeler Weiser from 1 July in an effort to expand its presence in the US.... Read more
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Copyright Agency, industry groups launch new campaign against fair use

The Copyright Agency and industry groups including the Australian Publishers Association, Australian Society of Authors and Books Create Australia have launched #FreeIsNotFair, a new campaign... Read more

IPEd announces shortlist for inaugural Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award

The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) has announced the shortlist for the inaugural Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award, known as the ‘Rosie’. The shortlisted editors are:... Read more
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Book Bonding closes Essendon store x

Book Bonding owners Natasha Boyd and Mark Neicho closed their Essendon bookstore on 30 June after deciding to focus their energy on their Gisborne shop.... Read more


MUP withdraws ‘Cardinal’ from Victorian shops

Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) is taking ‘all reasonable measures’ to withdraw Louise Milligan’s Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell from sale in Victorian... Read more


Traynor wins NT History Book Award for ‘Alice Springs’

Stuart Traynor has won the 2017 Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award for his book Alice Springs: From Singing Wire to Iconic Outback Town... Read more

NewSouth to represent Baker&Taylor’s Global Publishers Services in ANZ

NewSouth Books will represent Baker & Taylor’s Global Publishers Services (GPS), which provides small and medium publishers with international sales and marketing services, in Australia... Read more

New $1.27m Creative Victoria ‘Creator’s Fund’ to offer grants to artists, organisations

Creative Victoria has announced a new Creators Fund, which will offer grants of between $20,000-$50,000 to support individuals and creative collectives during the research and... Read more


HarperCollins acquires rights to Carly Findlay memoir

HarperCollins Australia has acquired world rights to Say Hello: How I Became the Hero of My Story by Australian writer, speaker and appearance activist Carly... Read more


‘Small Things’ wins 2017 Gold Ledger Award

The winners of the 2017 Ledger Awards for excellence in Australian comics and graphic novels were announced in Sydney on the 19 June. The winner... Read more

Finalists announced for NZ’s Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards

The finalists have been announced for New Zealand’s Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards for 2017. The finalists in the two categories are: Published... Read more

Line-up announced for third St Albans Writers’ Festival

The line-up has been announced for the third St Albans Writers’ Festival, which runs from 8-10 September in the village of St Albans in NSW.... Read more


Scribe to publish Sornig’s nonfiction book on Dudley Flats

Scribe has acquired world rights to David Sornig’s Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp, a ‘social and psychogeographic history’ of the... Read more

Sudanese writer al-Fadil wins 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing

Sudanese writer Bushra al-Fadil has won the 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story ‘The Story of the Girl Whose Birds Flew... Read more

French publishing sales up in 2016

French publishing sales rose in 2016 by 4.25% to €2.8bn (A$4.16bn) according to figures from the French Publishers Association (Syndicat National de l’Edition, SNE), reports... Read more

Persuad wins Commonwealth Writers’ Short Story Prize 2017

Ingrid Persaud from Trinidad and Tobago has won the 2017 Commonwealth Writers’ Short Story Prize for ‘Sweet Sop’, reports the Bookseller. Persuad’s story explores ‘harrowing... Read more

Sharjah named World Book Capital for 2019

UNESCO has named Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates as the World Book Capital for 2019. Sharjah was selected for its ‘very innovative, comprehensive and... Read more

German company acquires Pubnet, PubEasy

German service provider MVB Marketing, a subsidiary of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association Börsenverein, has purchased the US bookshop ordering systems Pubnet and PubEasy... Read more

‘Guardian’ survey reveals sexism in publishing

In the UK, a Guardian survey of 80 women and 12 men working in publishing has found that the majority of women feel they are being... Read more

Bonnier UK romance imprint Totally Entwined launches online store, self-publishing platform

In the UK, Bonnier Publishing’s romance imprint Totally Entwined has launched an online store and self-publishing platform called First for Romance, reports the Bookseller. The... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—HarperCollins has sold Turkish rights to The Gene Thieves (Maria Quinn) to Pegasus Yayinevi. Penguin Random House has sold North American rights and UK... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, Wrightbooks) has climbed back up to the take the top spot in this week’s overall bestsellers chart. Last week’s top-selling... Read more

Jock Serong’s ‘On the Java Ridge’ x

‘Ned Kelly Award-winner Jock Serong creates a sense of foreboding from the very start of his third novel, and then constantly ratchets up the tension... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Reading truth-telling accounts of our history and contemporary Australia by First Nations writers is one way of participating in a national dialogue’writer and lecturer Meera Atkinson recommends a list of books by Indigenous Australians to mark NAIDOC Week


New ‘Books+Publishing’ reviews out now x

Books+Publishing’s latest Reviews newsletter contains 12 reviews of books publishing in August and September 2017. Our reviewers were very happy with the books on offer... Read more


RiP Valli Little x

Food writer and journalist Valli Little has died. Little authored numerous cookbooks, including several under the delicious label (ABC Books). Her latest book, My Kind of... Read more


RiP Fay Zwicky x

Poet Fay Zwicky has died, aged 83. Zwicky won the Patrick White Award in 2005, and twice won the New South Wales Premier’s Award for... Read more


RiP Michael Bond x

Author Michael Bond has died, aged 91. Bond was the creator of much-loved children’s character Paddington Bear. Born in England in 1926, Bond published his... Read more

City of Sydney to waive fines for overdue loans

City of Sydney libraries are waiving fines for overdue loans until 30 June 2021 following a successful eight-month trial, reports News.com.au. Fees will still be... Read more


SLNSW launches online storybook in five Aboriginal languages for NAIDOC Week

The State Library of NSW has launched a free online storybook written and spoken in five Aboriginal languages from across NSW to mark the beginning... Read more

Shoalhaven council to trial opening school libraries to the community

Shoalhaven City Council on the NSW South Coast will trial opening school libraries to the wider community, reports the South Coast Register. Councilor Bob Proudfoot,... Read more

We Need Diverse Books launches Our Story app to help discoverability

US advocacy group We Need Diverse Books has launched OurStory, an app to help readers discover diverse books, at the 2017 American Library Association annual... Read more


Publishing delegation travels to Seoul and Beijing

A delegation of Australian publishers travelled to Beijing and Seoul in June to ‘research market opportunities for authors and publishers in China and Korea’. Nerrilee... Read more

Simon & Schuster now distributing Insight Editions

Simon & Schuster Australia is pleased to announce a new sales and distribution partnership with Insight Editions in Australia and New Zealand.

Insight Editions creates illustrated books that celebrate cultural milestones in entertainment, history and the arts. Licensors include Warner Bros, HBO, Lucas Film, Marvel and Blizzard Entertainment. They also publish books from key brands including Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The World of Warcraft, DC Comics, and Star Trek, in addition to an extensive range of journals.

Insight Editions titles previously distributed by NewSouthBooks will not be accepted by HarperCollins for return. All orders to Harper Entertainment Distribution Services at orders@harpercollins.com.au.


‘The Naked Witch’ available through Herron Distribution

Rockpool Publishing and Herron Distribution are excited to announce the release of the Autobiography: The Naked Witch, ISBN 9781925429633 by best-selling author Fiona Horne.  Extensive publicity throughout July/August across TV, Radio, Press and Online, including Stellar, Who, Ch7 Morning Show, Triple M and ABC, Mamamia, more. Books are available in the Herron Warehouse now. Orders to: Herron Books: customerservice@herronbooks.com or 07 3399 8799.


NewSouth Books congratulates authors on the National Biography Award shortlist

NewSouth Books is thrilled to offer congratulations to authors and publishers shortlisted for the prestigious award, including John Murphy’s Evatt: A Life (NewSouth Publishing), Georgina Arnott’s The Unknown Judith Wright (UWA Publishing) and Suzanne Falkiner’s Mick: A Life of Randolph Stow (UWA Publishing). To order, please contact TL Distribution on (02) 8778 9999 or orders@tldistribution.com.au.


NewSouth Books congratulates authors on the Colin Roderick Award shortlist

NewSouth Books is delighted to congratulate authors and publishers shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award, including Madeline Gleeson’s Offshore (NewSouth Publishing), Nick Earls’s Wisdom Tree: Five Novellas (Inkerman & Blunt), and Josephine Wilson’s Extinctions (UWA Publishing). To order, please contact TL Distribution on (02) 8778 9999 or orders@tldistribution.com.au.




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