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26 July 2017


Dark Matters

Dark Matters: A novel by Susan Hawthorne We always think that bad things can’t happen in our country. But they do. In a dawn raid,... Read more
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Please complete the ‘Think Australian’ rights survey x

Publishers, rights managers and agents: If you are buying or selling rights, please spend a few minutes completing our annual Think Australian rights survey here. The survey... Read more

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‘The Bone Sparrow’ wins inaugural Readings YA Prize

Zana Fraillon has won the inaugural Readings YA Prize for her novel The Bone Sparrow (Hachette). Fraillon’s novel was chosen from a shortlist of six... Read more
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Brisbane Writers Festival program announced

The program has been announced for the 2017 Brisbane Writers Festival, which runs from 6-10 September. Over 100 authors will appear at the festival, including... Read more


ASA launches International Marketplace

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has launched a new digital marketplace to showcase and sell the work of writers to international publishers, agents and... Read more
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Solomun launches The Rights Hive agency

Former Penguin Random House (PRH) and Five Mile Press rights manager Natasha Solomun has launched a new rights agency, The Rights Hive, to provide representation... Read more


PANZ Book Design Awards 2017 winners announced

The winners of the 2017 Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards have been announced. The winning title in each category is: Best... Read more


Writers Victoria launches professional development series for women of colour

Writers Victoria has announced it will run a series of professional development opportunities for women of colour writers in late 2017 and 2018. The program... Read more

WA government defers multi-year arts funding

The WA Department of Culture and Arts has announced it will undertake a ‘comprehensive review’ of its Organisations Investment Program (OIP) and defer the opening... Read more

Create NSW to fund ‘creative hubs’ in Western Sydney

Create NSW has contributed over $400,000 in funding to create eight hubs for a ‘diverse mix of arts, screen and digital projects and organisations’ in... Read more


‘ABR’ announces Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize shortlist

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced the shortlist for the 2017 Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. The shortlisted works and their authors are: ‘The... Read more


‘The Lifted Brow’ & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Nonfiction longlist announced

Melbourne-based publisher and literary magazine the Lifted Brow has announced the longlist for its Prize for Experimental Nonfiction. The longlisted works are: ‘Hasard Objectif’ by... Read more

MUP unveils new website

Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) has launched a new website featuring book extracts, author interviews and book tour details, among other overhauled features. The publisher said... Read more

B&N investor urges company to sell itself

In the US, an asset management firm with a ‘meaningful’ stake in Barnes & Noble has sent a letter to the company urging it to... Read more

Scholastic US reports rise in revenue

In the US, Scholastic has reported a four percent increase in revenue over fiscal 2016 for the year ending 31 May 2017, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more


‘Black Widow’ wins 2017 Theakston Crime Novel of the Year

Chris Brookmyre’s story of ‘cyber-abuse, sexism and murder’, Black Widow (Little, Brown), has won the 2017 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, reports... Read more

easyJet stocks UK fleet with 7000 copies of classic children’s books

In the UK, budget airline easyJet has stocked its UK fleet with 7000 copies of classic children’s books selected by author Jacqueline Wilson, reports the... Read more


Junot Díaz pens new picture book

In the US, Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz has written a picture book for young readers, reports the New York Times. The book, Islandborn, will be... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Jane Novak Literary Agency has sold Spanish-language rights to Voss (Patrick White) to Impedimenta; and German-language rights to The Twyborn Affair, The Eye of... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Three new crime novels have debuted in the top 10 bestsellers chart this week. The highest new entry The Late Show (Michael Connelly, A&U) has... Read more

Tim Flannery’s ‘Sunlight and Seaweed’ x

‘It is difficult to overstate the importance of this concise, convincingly argued view of our world’s prospects for its survival and improvement over the next... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I learnt by doing, and I think the challenge for writers today is that the “doing” is becoming exponentially less well paid’The Good Copy editorial director Penny Modra shares her insights on starting out in the arts industry


Brisbane libraries staff take industrial action over pay offer

Brisbane City Council library staff are among the council staff taking protected industrial action in response to the council’s 2.5% pay rise offer, reports the... Read more

German universities to let Elsevier contracts lapse

In Germany, 13 additional universities have announced they will not renew their subscriptions with Dutch publishing company Elsevier once they end in December, joining around... Read more

Book love and burnout: Alexandra Payne on the ‘unexpected challenges of working in publishing and bookselling’

‘Like most in the industry, I read manuscripts, proposals and works in progress out of work hours. If I choose to read a book in... Read more


Book blogger spotlight: Bec’s Books

Rebecca Gough is a self-described ‘perpetual internet presence’ who blogs about YA and middle-grade titles, with a focus on fantasy and sci-fi. After realising that... Read more

Varuna Focus Weeks 2017 x

Varuna will soon be accepting applications for its 2017 Residential Focus Weeks, which promote writing, conversation and creative engagement. A Varuna Focus Week offers a... Read more

HarperCollins publisher Lisa Berryman relocates office

Lisa Berryman, HarperCollins Publisher of Children’s and YA Books, has moved office in Melbourne and please note her new contact details:

Level 11, HWT Tower,
40 City Rd,
Southbank, Victoria, 3006

PO Box 14999,
Melbourne, Victoria 8001

Tel: 03 9292 1082
Email: lisa.berryman@harpercollins.com


Designer Peter Long now freelance

Designer Peter Long has left his position as Senior Designer at Black Inc. Books and is now working freelance once again. Long is a committee member of the Australian Book Designers Association, and has designed hundreds of book covers and many illustrated books over the past 15 years. A selection of his work can be seen at peterlongdesign.com and he can be contacted at peterlong@ozemail.com.au or on 0431 955 897.




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