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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
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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
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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


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


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

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

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

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

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 campaign’Australian Booksellers Association CEO Joel Becker on federal parliament’s passing of new legislation to impose GST on low-value online imports


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


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 reads. This issue will feature a preview of publishers’ 2018 highlights and will stay on booksellers’ desks over the summer break. Other features include publishing for millennials, the changing role of literary journals and sports stories for kids.

Contact advertising sales manager Fi Tunnicliff on (03) 8517 8321 or advertising@thorpe.com.au.


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 outstanding contribution to the field of Australian children’s literature. From Possum Magic, to Mem’s latest title, I’m Australian Too, Omnibus Books and Scholastic Australia have been privileged to have played a part in Mem’s outstanding career. Mem’s books are beloved by generations and we know will be loved by generations to come. Well done, and thank you Mem Fox!


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.

Manuscript was established in Australia by Mitchell Oakley Smith as a broadsheet newspaper in 2011 and became a glossy magazine in 2016. They will now move into book publishing, launching with two books in November.

The first book will be the first major monograph of internationally renowned contemporary Australian artist Michael Zavros. The second book is an iconic representation of the punk movement by artist Liz Ham called Punk Girls.

‘As we grow our presence from magazine to high-quality illustrated books in this new era of Manuscript Publishing, finding the right partner was key to the success of our program,’ said Mitchell Oakley Smith, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Manuscript.

‘Simon & Schuster is not only superior in the industry, but its team perfectly complements our own and brings an enthusiasm and expertise that will help us to craft beautiful books.’

Dan Ruffino, Managing Director of Simon and Schuster Australia said: ‘Manuscript will hold a very unique place on our list and we’re proud to support Mitchell’s sophisticated and cutting edge list.’

All orders to Harper Entertainment Distribution Services at orders@harpercollins.com.au.


NewSouth congratulates National Library of Australia Publishing on the CBCAs

We’re delighted to offer congratulations to Gina Newton for Amazing Animals of Australia’s National Parks (NLA Publishing) on winning the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Eve Pownall Award for Information Books. To order, please contact TL Distribution on (02) 8778 9999 or orders@tldistribution.com.au.




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