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19 July 2017


‘Books+Publishing’ launches ‘Think Australian’ newsletter

Books+Publishing has launched a free monthly newsletter about the Australian book industry aimed at an international audience of publishers, rights managers, scouts, literary agents, and... Read more
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Melbourne Writers Festival 2017 program launched

The program for the 2017 Melbourne Writers Festival, which runs from 25 August to 3 September, has been announced. Miles Franklin Literary Award winner Kim... Read more


Carmine wins inaugural ‘KYD’ unpublished manuscript award

Literary journal Kill Your Darlings (KYD) has announced Onyx B Carmine (S J Norman) as the winner of its inaugural unpublished manuscript award for their... Read more
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PRH announces new $20,000 prize for an unpublished manuscript

Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia has announced a new literary prize for an unpublished manuscript, worth $20,000, to mark the formation of the publisher’s new... Read more


Copyright Agency announces recipients of $1.3m funding grants

Fifty-six projects have received a total of $1.3m from the latest round of funding from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. Funding recipients in the various... Read more
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Educational Publishing Awards 2017 shortlists announced

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced the shortlists for the 2017 Educational Publishing Awards Australia. The shortlists in each category are: Primary Student Resource—Mathematics... Read more


Australian bestsellers in June: women authors dominate fiction chart; Pape leads nonfiction x

The 10 bestselling Australian fiction titles in June were by women authors, with half of the top 10 titles—including the top three—by Liane Moriarty. The... Read more


HGE acquires local rights to Neil Patrick Harris’ ‘The Magic Misfits’ children’s series x

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) will publish the first book in US actor and director Neil Patrick Harris’s debut children’s series, The Magic Misfits, as part... Read more


Australian author’s fairytale retelling acquired by Hodder & Stoughton

Canberra-based author Leife Shallcross’ novel The Beast’s Heart has been acquired by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK. The Beast’s Heart is a retelling of the... Read more


Post-apocalyptic YA trilogy optioned for screen

Melbourne-based author Justin Woolley’s YA trilogy ‘The Territory’ has been optioned for screen by Australian director Dana-Lee Mierowsky Bennett following negotiation by Alex Adsett Publishing... Read more


Text announces new NZ literary prize for an unpublished novel

Text Publishing has announced the Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel, a new literary prize for New Zealand writers worth NZ$10,000. The winner will... Read more


Inaugural crime writers festival to be held in Sydney

A new writers festival celebrating the crime genre will be held in Sydney from 2-3 September 2017. The two-day festival, BAD, is founded by academic... Read more

Sydney Jewish Writers Festival 2017 program announced

The program has been announced for the 2017 Sydney Jewish Writers Festival, which runs from 26-27 August. The festival will be headlined by British novelist... Read more


‘The Strays’ shortlisted for UK historical fiction prize

The Strays by Emily Bitto (Affirm) is one of six titles shortlisted for the 2017 Goldsboro Crown for Historical Debut Fiction, presented by Goldsboro Books... Read more


First authors announced for Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2017

The first authors have been announced for this year’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, which runs from 25-29 October in Ubud, Bali. Among the international... Read more

RWA announces finalists for 2017 Valerie Parv Award

The Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) has announced the finalists for its 2017 Valerie Parv Award for an unpublished manuscript. The finalists are: Kali Anthony... Read more

US print sales continue to grow in first half of 2017

US print sales in the first half of 2017 have increase 3% in volume compared to the first six months of 2016, despite the lack... Read more

UK book sales steady in first-half of 2017 despite absence of blockbuster

In the UK, print sales were up 1.2% to £652.7m (A$1.1b) in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2016... Read more

Canadian licensing agency wins court course against university over copyright

A Canadian federal court has ruled in favour of national licensing agency Access Copyright in its legal dispute with York University, finding that the tertiary... Read more

World Book Day event boosts sales in the UK

In the UK, World Book Day (WBD) titles sales have risen by more than 50% compared to the previous year, with 469,274 copies sold in... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Alex Adsett Publishing Services has sold the screen option to ‘The Territory’ trilogy (Justin Woolley) to Dana-Lee Mierowsky Bennett (see news). Nonfiction—Black Inc. has... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Monica McInerney’s The Trip of a Lifetime (Michael Joseph) has unseated Scott Pape’s The Barefoot Investor (Wrightbooks) to claim top spot on this week’s top... Read more

Shaun Prescott’s ‘The Town’ x

‘The Town is understated but compelling; the narrator’s deadpan voice recalls the lone existentialist figures of Sartre’s Nausea and Camus’ The Outsider, but contrasts this... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Publishing, like media, is being reborn in new forms, both refined and grotesque’Author John Birmingham on the reinvention of the book publishing industry and the growing number of midlist, trade-published authors turning to self-publishing.



Books+Publishing magazine Issue 3 2017

Issue 3 of Books+Publishing magazine is out now! Reviews: Plenty of forthcoming Christmas highlights are among the 13 adult books reviewed in this issue, with Sofie... Read more

News Corp survey finds majority of children six-to-12 are library members

News Corp Australia’s Great Australian Reading Survey, conducted in June, found that about three-quarters of children aged six to 12 and almost half of under... Read more


‘Horrid Henry’ artist named UK libraries’ most borrowed illustrator

In the UK, ‘Horrid Henry’ artist Tony Ross has been named as UK libraries’ most borrowed illustrator according to Public Lending Rights data, in the... Read more


Sound of the times: The rise of audio x

From audiobooks to podcasts, Brad Jefferies investigates the rising popularity of audio formats. The widespread take-up of smartphones has enabled the growth of the audiobook... Read more


Book blogger spotlight: My Cup and Chaucer

Tonile Wortley started a crime fiction blog in 2011, but she now blogs about a broader selection of adult fiction at My Cup and Chaucer.... Read more



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