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16 August 2017

Inky Awards 2017 shortlists announced

The Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria has announced the shortlists for the 2017 Inky Awards for young adult literature. The... Read more

Ned Kelly Awards 2017 shortlists announced

The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the shortlists for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for Australian crime writing. The shortlisted works in each... Read more

‘The 91-Storey Treehouse’ launched at sold-out Melbourne event; sales record broken at Dymocks x

The latest instalment in Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s ‘Treehouse’ series, The 91-Storey Treehouse (Pan), was launched by Readings at a sold-out event at the Melbourne... Read more
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Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2017 winners announced

The Wilderness Society has announced the winners for the 2017 Environment Award for Children’s Literature. The winners are: Picture fiction Chooks in Dinner Suits (Diane... Read more

Australian bestsellers in July: McInerney, Pape top fiction, nonfiction charts x

While Liane Moriarty continues to dominate the Australian fiction bestsellers chart in July, with five titles in the top 10, Monica McInerney’s The Trip of... Read more

‘Snark’ takes out top prize at 2017 NZ Book Awards for Children and YA

David Elliot’s illustrated book for ‘grown-up children of all ages’, Snark: Being a True History of the Expedition that Discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock... Read more
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Fox Searchlight options ‘Two Steps Forward’

Fox Searchlight has optioned the film rights to Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist’s novel Two Steps Forward (Text). Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman will produce... Read more

RWA awards 2017 winners announced

The winners of the 2017 Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) Romantic Book of the Year awards, known as the ‘RUBYs’, were announced on 12 August... Read more

Longlists for Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes announced

The longlists for the Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes have been announced. The longlisted works and their authors are: Tasmania Book Prize for the best book... Read more
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Wilkinson’s ‘Boundless Sublime’ sells to US

US publisher Capstone’s teen imprint Switch Press has picked up North American rights to The Boundless Sublime (A&U), Lili Wilkinson’s 2016 YA novel about a... Read more

Transworld acquires rights to Wilson’s ‘First, We Make the Beast Beautiful’

UK publisher Transworld has acquired Commonwealth rights (ex-ANZ) to Sarah Wilson’s First, We Make the Beast Beautiful (Macmillan) via Peggy Boulos Smith at Writers House,... Read more

Ngaio Marsh Award 2017 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Award for New Zealand crime fiction have been announced. The shortlisted works in each category are: Nonfiction Double-Edged... Read more

Robertson wins 2017 ‘ABR’ Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

UK author Eliza Robertson has won the Australian Book Review’s (ABR) 2017 Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for her story ‘Pheidippides’. Dominic Amerena placed second for his... Read more

‘KYD’, ACWA announce shortlist for S D Harvey Short Story competition

Kill Your Darlings and the Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) have announced the shortlist for this year’s S D Harvey Short Story Competition. The shortlisted stories are: ‘Rules... Read more

Dymocks launches Books for Kids charity campaign

Dymocks bookstores are running a two-week Books for Kids charity campaign, with 50 cents from every children’s book sold to be donated to literacy support... Read more

Copyright Agency signs three new publishers to LearningField

The Copyright Agency has signed three new publishers—National Educational Advancement Programs, Edrolo and Titan Education—to its etextbook subscription service LearningField for a further three years.... Read more

Quote of the week

‘It is always wonderful and heartwarming to see so many kids who love books—and treat authors like rockstars!’—Readings marketing manager Nina Kenwood on the launch... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Allen & Unwin has sold German-language rights to Girl in Between (Anna Daniels) to Heyne Verlag. Hachette has sold UK & Commonwealth rights (ex... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

While this week’s overall bestsellers chart remains largely similar to last week’s, with The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, John Wiley) in top spot, three new... Read more

McBride, Cumming win 2017 James Tait Black Prizes

The winners of the James Tait Black Prizes for fiction and biography—the UK’s oldest literary awards—have been announced. Eimear McBride’s second novel The Lesser Bohemians... Read more

Hugo Awards 2017 winners announced

For the second year running, N K Jemisin has won the Best Novel category at the Hugo Awards for science-fiction and fantasy titles. Jemisin picked... Read more

HarperCollins releases 2017 full-year results

In the US, HarperCollins has reported a decline in revenue of US$10m ($A12.7m) in the fiscal year ending 30 June, a drop of 0.6% compared... Read more

Gold Coast Council changes privacy rules to access library user information x

The Gold Coast Council has changed privacy rules to gain greater access to library users’ personal information, reports the Gold Coast Bulletin. Councillors, council officers... Read more

ALIA Excellence Award winners named

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced the winners of the 2017 ALIA Excellence Award, which honours contributions to the library and information... Read more

Book-to-screen adaptations pitched at 2017 Books at MIFF

‘Most producers are after stories with great characters and plot lines but also low-budget settings … Crime is always of interest, but not as much... Read more

Book blogger spotlight: ReadLikeWildfire

BookTuber Chami Rupasinghe experimented with different platforms before settling on YouTube. ‘Although YouTube does take quite a bit more effort to produce content for compared... Read more

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