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2 August 2017

2016 Stella Count revealed; judges for 2018 prize announced

The 2016 Stella Count has found that four out of 12 publications surveyed reviewed more books by women than men—up from one publication in 2015’s... Read more
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New report shows government funding for literature and writing lags other artforms x

A report prepared for the Department of Communications and the Arts has found that Australian federal, state and territory, and local governments contributed $5.8b to... Read more

Government review seeks to stem the decline in WA writers x

The WA Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) has published its final report from a review of the state’s writing sector, as well as... Read more
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‘Before Rupert’ wins National Biography Award

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has announced Tom D C Roberts’ Before Rupert: Keith Murdoch and the Birth of a Dynasty (UQP)... Read more


‘The Chaser’s’ Andrew Hansen and wife Jessica Roberts sign two-book deal with Walker Books

Comedian Andrew Hansen, best known for his work on ‘The Chaser’, and his wife, designer Jessica Roberts, have signed a two-book deal with Walker Books.... Read more
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Screen rights to ‘The Good People’ optioned

Australian production company Aquarius Films has optioned the film and TV rights to Hannah Kent’s The Good People (Picador) via Curtis Brown Australia. Aquarius producers Angie... Read more


A&U to publish Nick Riewoldt’s autobiography in November

Allen & Unwin will publish AFL player Nick Riewoldt’s autobiography in November, following the St Kilda captain’s announcement that he will retire at the end of... Read more


Affirm to publish junior fiction series by ‘Bondi Rescue’ lifeguard

Affirm Press will publish a children’s fiction series by Bondi Rescue lifeguard Trent ‘Maxi’ Maxwell in 2018. The series will be co-written by David Lawrence,... Read more

Dorrington steps down as PWF program manager x

Perth Writers Festival (PWF) program manager Katherine Dorrington has left the organisation after 12 years in the role. Perth International Arts Festival artistic director Wendy... Read more


The Lifted Brow launches imprint Brow Books

The Lifted Brow (TLB) has announced its new books imprint, Brow Books. In a statement on its website, the imprint said it will publish ‘across... Read more


New festival to focus on Indigenous and culturally diverse writers

The NSW Writers’ Centre and Bankstown Arts Centre have announced a new writers’ festival that focuses on Indigenous and culturally diverse Australian writers and writing.... Read more

Dymocks Waurn Ponds wins top award at Dymocks conference

Dymocks Waurn Ponds in Geelong has won the Chairman’s Award for Retail Excellence at the 2017 Dymocks national conference, which was held on the Gold... Read more


Harper shortlisted for UK Dagger award for best crime novel

Jane Harper has been shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) 2017 Gold Dagger award for best crime novel of the year. Harper’s novel... Read more


New ABC TV ‘Story Time’ series to screen during Children’s Book Week x

A new ABC TV series called Story Time will screen during Children’s Book Week in August. The Play School spin-off series will feature Australian celebrities—including... Read more

Canberra Writers Festival 2017 program launched

The program has been announced for the second annual Canberra Writers Festival, which will run from 25-27 August. International guests appearing at the festival include... Read more

NT Literary Awards 2017 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Northern Territory Literary Awards have been announced. The winners in each category are: Short Story Award ‘This is where you... Read more

Fox wins Walkley Women’s Leadership in Media Award

Catherine Fox has won the Walkley Foundation’s Women’s Leadership in Media Award for her nonfiction book Stop Fixing Women (NewSouth), as well as articles for... Read more


Man Booker Prize 2017 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2017 Man Booker Prize has been announced. The 13 books longlisted for the £50,000 (A$81,973) prize are: 4 3 2 1... Read more


Whitehead wins 2017 Arthur C Clarke Award

Colson Whitehead has won the 2017 Arthur C Clarke Award for science-fiction for his novel The Underground Railroad (Orbit), reports the Guardian. The Underground Railroad—a... Read more

Pullman calls for UK to reintroduce minimum price for books

In the UK, author and Society of Authors president Philip Pullman has called for the reintroduction of a minimum price for books, drawing support for... Read more

US judge finds classics-inspired picture books infringe copyright

A US judge has ruled that Moppet Books’ series of classics-inspired children’s picture books have infringed the copyright of the originals, reports the Bookseller. As... Read more

Survey finds Canadians reading more local authors

In Canada, the government-sponsored organisation BookNet has published the results from a survey of Canadian book buyers’ reading habits, reports Publishers Weekly. The survey found... Read more


‘The Commuter Pig Keeper’ wins 2017 Diagram Prize

The Commuter Pig Keeper: A Comprehensive Guide to Keeping Pigs when Time is your Most Precious Commodity (Michaela Giles, Old Pond Publishing) has won the... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Text has sold German rights to Two Steps Forward (Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist) to Fischer, Dutch rights to Luitingh-Sijthoff, Canadian rights to HarperCollins... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

The top 10 bestsellers chart has a new number one, with Michael Connelly’s The Late Show (A&U) taking out the top spot in its second... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘While we saw real improvement in the reviewing of women’s books in the 2016 Stella Count, there remains a significant disparity when it comes to the size of reviews’—academics Melinda Harvey and Julieanne Lamond reflect on the findings of the 2016 Stella Count.


New ‘Books+Publishing’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest Reviews newsletter contains 14 reviews of books publishing in August, September and October. Four books received 4.5 stars, including Jeremy Chambers’ ‘nostalgic 1980s coming-of-age story’ Suburbia... Read more

SLV 2017 Creative Fellowships announced

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has announced the recipients of its 2017 Creative and Specialist Fellowships, including several writers working on book projects. The... Read more

Community protests council plan to close Guildford library

Residents of Guildford in Perth are protesting a report to be presented to the City of Swan councilors on 2 August that details plans to... Read more

Melbourne’s City of Casey to open new library as part of $125m development

Melbourne’s City of Casey will open the new Narre Warren Library at the $125m Bunjil Place development on 28 October. The two-level library will feature... Read more

Digital driver: Joel Naoum shares his career journey

‘Helping to start and run Momentum was one of the most gruelling, exhausting and exhilarating experiences of my life. We set up a separate office... Read more


Book blogger spotlight: Half Deserted Streets

For blogger Danielle Carey, Instagram ‘feels like the most enthusiastic and inviting place to flail about books online’. Her Instagram-based microblog, Half Deserted Streets, reaches... Read more

Sofie Laguna’s ‘The Choke’ x

‘Sofie Laguna is a writer who can wrench beauty even from the horror of a child caught up in the toxic world of bastardised masculinity.... Read more

ILF book supply presentation x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) invites representatives from publishers and suppliers to attend a presentation about its Book Supply Program. Attendees will learn more about the... Read more

Editors NSW workshop: Writing and editing life writing (memoir) x

Editors NSW is facilitating a workshop on ‘Writing and editing life writing (memoir)’ on Wednesday 16 August, and bookings are now open. The workshop covers... Read more

NewSouth congratulates Jane McAdam for prestigious international human rights prize

Professor Jane McAdam has been awarded the prestigious Calouse Gulbenkian Prize for Human Rights for her outstanding work in international refugee law. Currently the Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW, her book with Fiona Chong, Refugees: Why seeking asylum is legal and Australia’s policies are not, is published by NewSouth. To order please contact TL Distribution on (02) 8778 9999 or orders@tldistribution.com.au.


NewSouth congratulates Catherine Fox for her 2017 Walkley Award for Women’s Leadership in Media

We’re thrilled to congratulate Catherine Fox who received the Walkley Award for Women’s Leadership in Media. The award is given for a body of work, which sited her book Stop Fixing Women (2017) and articles for ABC Online and The Australian. To order Stop Fixing Women, please contact TL Distribution on (02) 8778 9999 or orders@tldistribution.com.au.




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