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23 August 2017


CBCA Awards 2017 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each of... Read more

HarperCollins partners with Bolinda to produce audiobooks

HarperCollins will partner with audiobook publisher Bolinda to jointly produce audio editions of HarperCollins’ Australian titles. About 50 titles from HarperCollins’ frontlist and backlist will... Read more


Readings announces 2017 New Australian Fiction Award shortlist

Readings has announced the shortlist for its 2017 New Australian Fiction Award. The shortlisted titles are: The Windy Season (Sam Carmody, A&U) Australia Day (Melanie... Read more
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TitlePage relaunches on APA platform

Australian book industry’s price and availability service TitlePage relaunched on the Australian Publishers Association’s (APA) platform on 23 August. The APA said users will notice... Read more

Parliament passes legislation to impose GST on low-value online imports

Federal parliament has enacted legislation to impose a 10% GST on low-value imports purchased from online overseas sellers from 1 July 2018. As previously reported... Read more


Hardy appointed MWF artistic director

Writer and producer Marieke Hardy has been appointed artistic director of the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF), with general manager Shona Barrett to take on the... Read more
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Ubud releases festival program for 2017

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) has released the full program for its 2017 festival, which will run from 25-29 October in Ubud, Indonesia.... Read more


S&S acquires debut novel by Australian ‘book ninjas’

Simon & Schuster Australia has acquired world rights to the debut novel by Australian ‘book ninjas’ Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus. Berg, a copywriter and... Read more


Black Inc. to publish the ‘Cook’s Companion’ of mental health

Black Inc. will publish Mental: Everything You Never Knew You Needed to Know about Mental Health, a guidebook to mental health by psychiatrist and broadcaster... Read more
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A&U acquires Jack Heath’s ‘grisly’ adult debut; rights sold into five territories

Allen & Unwin has acquired children’s and YA author Jack Heath’s debut adult thriller Hangman, to be published in January 2018. Hangman is a ‘grisly... Read more


S&S acquires debut thriller from ABC journalist Tim Ayliffe x

Simon & Schuster Australia has acquired world rights to the debut thriller—the first in a trilogy—by ABC News managing editor of television and video, Tim... Read more


Giramondo to publish series of ‘innovative fiction and nonfiction’ by southern hemisphere writers

Giramondo has published the first title in its ‘Southern Latitudes’ series, which focusses on ‘innovative fiction and nonfiction by writers of the southern hemisphere’. The... Read more

‘Overland’ Victoria University Short Story Prize 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2017 Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers has been announced. The shortlisted stories are: Allan Drew for... Read more

NZ Book Industry Awards 2017 winners announced

The winners of the 2017 New Zealand Book Industry Awards were announced in Auckland on 19 August. The winners in each category are: Bookshop of... Read more

Nielsen NZ report: reading the second most popular leisure activity

A Nielsen Consumer and Media Insight survey has found about 1.9 million New Zealanders aged over 10 read a book every week, making reading the... Read more

RMIT students to host Odyssey literary festival

Students from RMIT University’s Professional Writing and Editing program are hosting a literary festival in Melbourne on 6 September. The Odyssey: Line by Line festival,... Read more


Mem Fox receives CBCA Nan Chauncy Award

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has presented Mem Fox with the 2017 CBCA Nan Chauncy Award for her contribution to Australian children’s literature.... Read more

‘SRB’ announces recipients of Emerging Critics fellowships

The ‘Sydney Review of Books’ has announced the recipients of this year’s Copyright Agency-SRB Emerging Critics fellowships. The recipients are: Rita Horanyi (SA) Darius Sepehri... Read more


NZ publishing projects awarded CLNZ funds

A number of New Zealand publishers will share in NZ$75,000 (A$69,248) of funding in the latest round of Copyright Licensing New Zealand’s (CLNZ) Contestable Fund.... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘I congratulate the Australian Government and praise all those within the books community and the broader business sector who collaborated so effectively on this long... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Curtis Brown Australia has sold rights to Hangman (Jack Heath) into the following territories: North American rights to HarperCollins US, German rights to Wilhelm... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

The latest instalment in Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s ‘Treehouse’ series, The 91-Storey Treehouse (Pan) has unsurprisingly debuted in top spot in this week’s bestseller... Read more

CUP reverses decision to block access to journal articles in China

In the UK, Cambridge University Press (CUP) has reversed its decision to block access to hundreds of articles in its journal The China Quarterly in... Read more

Quarto terminates sales talks

The Quarto Group has terminated discussions with an unsolicited bidder on the ‘mutual agreement’ of both parties, reports the Bookseller. As previously reported by Books+Publishing,... Read more

Bloomsbury to launch China imprint in 2018

Bloomsbury will launch an English-language imprint Bloomsbury China in February next year, reports the Bookseller. The imprint will be based at the publisher’s London office.... Read more


Pan Macmillan to release 70th-anniversary classics series

In the UK, Pan Macmillan is celebrating 70 years since the publication of the first Pan paperback by reissuing 20 classic titles, reports the Bookseller.... Read more

John Howard library to open at Old Parliament House

The University of NSW Canberra will open the John Howard prime ministerial library at Old Parliament House, featuring personal papers, mementos and documents from Howard’s... Read more

Read centre: Bookselling in the Alice with Red Kangaroo Books x

Alice Springs’ Red Kangaroo Books is likely the only bricks-and-mortar bookshop between Port Augusta, Darwin, Broome and Broken Hill, and serves a community of academics,... Read more


Book blogger spotlight: Lectito

Since starting her book blog Lectito in 2015, Margot McGovern believes that blogging has become ‘much more fluid’. ‘Most of the bloggers I follow work... Read more

Lois Murphy’s ‘Soon’ x

‘Loosely based on the true story of the asbestos town, Wittenoom, and written with a poet’s instinct for language, Lois Murphy has created a unique,... Read more

Ad bookings closing soon for ‘Books+Publishing’ Issue 4

Ad bookings for Books+Publishing Issue 4 are closing on 1 September. This is your last opportunity to promote your key Christmas titles and 2017/2018 summer... Read more

Scholastic Australia congratulates Mem Fox

Scholastic Australia wishes to congratulate Mem Fox as the 2017 recipient of the CBCA’s prestigious biennial Nan Chauncy Award, honouring those who have made an... Read more

Simon & Schuster now distributing Manuscript

Simon & Schuster Australia is pleased to announce a new sales and distribution partnership with Manuscript, publisher of visual arts, culture, design, and fashion books.... Read more

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