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6 September 2017


Reni Eddo-Lodge tops MWF bestseller chart; keynotes sell out x

This year’s Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) attracted ‘big, diverse audiences for important conversations on race, identity, politics and feminism’, reports CEO and artistic director Lisa... Read more
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Queensland Literary Awards 2017 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction The Birdman’s Wife (Melissa Ashley, Affirm... Read more


McKinty, Harper win 2017 Ned Kelly Awards

The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the winners for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for Australian crime writing. The best fiction award was... Read more
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S&S to launch Scribner Australia imprint; acquires literary novel by Olsson

Simon & Schuster Australia will launch the literary imprint Scribner in Australia and New Zealand in 2018 with a new novel by Kristina Olsson. Shell... Read more

Winners of the 2017 NSW Premier’s History Awards announced

The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) has announced the winners of the 2017 NSW Premier’s History Awards. The winning works in each category are: Australian... Read more
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Australian authors raise funds for Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

A number of Australian authors have started the ‘Authors for Asylum’ campaign on Twitter to raise funds for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). The... Read more


‘Penguin Bloom’ and ‘The Dry’ adaptations among Screen Australia funding

Feature adaptations of Penguin Bloom (Bradley Trevor Greive and Cameron Bloom, ABC Books) and The Dry (Jane Harper, Macmillan) are among the latest book-to-screen projects... Read more


WestWords and Pinerolo announce recipients of illustrator residency

Delene White and Sadami Konchi have been selected for the 2017 WestWords / Pinerolo Illustrators in Residence program, aimed at extending emerging illustrators’ knowledge of... Read more


Text acquires Wakefield’s ‘Youth’

Text has acquired world rights to a new YA novel by Friday Brown and Ballad for a Mad Girl author Vikki Wakefield. Youth is a... Read more


Era launches ‘WINGS’ children’s book series in China

South Australia-based publisher Era Publications has partnered with Chinese publisher New Century Publishing to publish 1.7 million copies of its ‘WINGS’ children’s reader series in... Read more


Comic Art Workshop raises more than $11,500 for artists’ residency

The Comic Art Workshop has successfully raised more than $10,000 on Kickstarter to help fund its 2017 residency program. The Kickstarter campaign was launched on... Read more

Myer to stock Amazon Kindle

Myer will stock Amazon Kindle devices and accessories in its stores and online as part of a new partnership, reports Inside Retail. ‘We are thrilled... Read more

Melbourne City of Literature Office announces Reading Victoria project

The Melbourne City of Literature Office will commission 52 original pieces of writing, each titled after a Victorian town or suburb, to be published on... Read more

Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing has been announced. The shortlisted pieces are: James Bradley for ‘Fish Have Feelings... Read more

Guest, Riggs win ‘Lifted Brow’ Prize for Experimental Nonfiction

Literary journal the Lifted Brow has selected Stephanie Guest and Kate Riggs as the winners of its 2017 Prize for Experimental Nonfiction for their essay... Read more


Speculative fiction publisher Talem Press launches first book

New speculative fiction publisher Talem Press, an imprint of the online writers’ platform Writer’s Edit, will release its first book on 31 August. Heart of... Read more

Page wins 2017 ACU Poetry Prize

Poet Geoff Page has won the 2017 ACU Poetry Prize, worth $10,000, for his poem ‘Charles S. Ryan to Alice E. Sumner’.  Judge Chris Wallace-Crabbe... Read more

CHASS Australia Book Prize 2017 longlist announced

The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) has announced the longlist for the 2017 Australia Book Prize. The prize, worth $3500, is... Read more


Marsh named NZ Poet Laureate

The National Library of New Zealand has named Selina Tusitala Marsh as the 2017-19 New Zealand Poet Laureate. Marsh, the author of three poetry collections... Read more

Avid Reader launches ‘Avid Kitchen + Garden’

Brisbane bookstore Avid Reader is relaunching its café and courtyard space under the new name Avid Kitchen + Garden. The West End bookstore has hired... Read more

Amazon tells UK publishers to lower ebook prices to sell more books

In the UK, Amazon vice-president of Kindle Content David Naggar, has suggested publishers lower ebook prices as a form of marketing, prompting a number of... Read more

Canongate profit up 7.6% in 2016

UK publisher Canongate has revealed a profit increase of 7.6% to £128,506 (A$209,050) for the year ending December 2016, reports the Bookseller. Overall turnover for... Read more

UK children’s publisher pulps ‘Growing Up for Boys’ after criticism

In the UK, Usborne Publishing has announced it will pulp the remaining stock of its 2013 title Growing Up for Boys, after the book was... Read more

US PEN Center withdraws ‘Stealing Indians’ from YA prize shortlist after criticism

The PEN Center USA has withdrawn John Smelcer’s novel Stealing Indians (Leapfrog Press) from its Young Adult Prize shortlist after several writers publicly questioned Smelcer’s... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Allen & Unwin has sold the following rights to The Museum of Modern Love (Heather Rose): Hebrew rights to Modan Publishing House; Korean rights... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Perennial bestseller Jamie Oliver has debuted in third place in the overall bestsellers chart and first place in the highest new entries chart with his... Read more

Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King’s ‘Pea Pod Lullaby’ x

‘Reading the beautiful language and realising its meaning would be affecting enough, but combined with the superb illustrations, it becomes sublime’ … read Margaret Hamilton’s... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘For my last festival, a revolutionary festival, I wanted to give a bigger platform to people whose voices are marginalised and shut out’Melbourne Writers Festival CEO and artistic director Lisa Dempster on the highlights of MWF 2017


New ‘Books+Publishing’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest Reviews newsletter contains 11 reviews of books publishing in October and November. Gabriella Coslovich’s investigation of an alleged art fraud in Australia, Whiteley... Read more


RiP Louise Hay x

Louise Hay, author and founder of Hay House Publishing, has died aged 90. Hay published Heal Your Body in 1976, followed by You Can Heal... Read more

Australian Libraries Copyright Committee welcomes government response to IP inquiry

The Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) has welcomed the government’s response to the Productivity Commission inquiry into intellectual property, labelling its recommendations ‘a good start to... Read more

SLV reaches fundraising target for redevelopment

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has reached its $27.7m fundraising goal, which it targeted in order to complete the SLV’s $88m ‘Vision 2020’ redevelopment.... Read more


A fair to remember: Denny Neave on Beijing International Book Fair 2017 x

Parenting, education and picture books are the big trends in a Chinese market that is no longer emerging but ‘mature, viable and vibrant’, reports Big... Read more


Book blogger spotlight: Children’s Books Daily

Queensland-based blogger and teacher-librarian Megan Daley has a longstanding involvement with children’s and YA literature, which gives her blog a unique viewpoint. ‘I feel like... Read more

Editors NSW workshop: structural editing in fiction x

Editors NSW is facilitating a workshop on structural editing in fiction. Presenter Louise Thurtell will talk about working with novelists on the writing style, narrative... Read more

Calling emerging children’s authors and illustrators

The May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust is delighted to announce:

The Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship

This fellowship will give an emerging author or illustrator creative time in the Trust’s Adelaide studio in March 2018. Visit maygibbs.org.au and find more information via: Creative Time Fellowships, The Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship. When you’re ready to apply, or if you have questions, please contact Polly Hamer, Fellowships Coordinator: contact@maygibbs.org.au. The deadline for applications is midnight on Saturday 30 September 2017.


Bloomsbury Academic

As of 1 October 2017, sales of Bloomsbury Academic titles into bookshops, educational and library supplier will be resumed by the Allen & Unwin sales team. This includes imprints Bloomsbury Academic, Contiuum, Hart Legal, Bloomsbury Visual Arts, Arden Methuen, A&C Black, Fairchild and Berg.

For any further detail on Bloomsbury Academic please contact Rachel Shillington: rachel.shillington@bloomsbury.com.


Bonnier Publishing Australia to represent John Blake Publishing in ANZ

Bonnier Publishing Australia is the ANZ marketing, sales and distributor of John Blake Publishing, effective 1 September 2017.

Bonnier Publishing Australia publishes locally under Five Mile and Echo, and distributes international imprints Big Picture Press, Templar, Studio Press, Blink, IglooBooks and Weldon Owen.

For all orders, contact your Bonnier Publishing Australia sales representative.

Please note Bonnier Publishing Australia will not be accepting returns of stock sold from previous distributors. Authorised returns will be accepted by NewSouth Books until 1 December 2017.




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