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13 September 2017


Wilson wins 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award for ‘Extinctions’

Josephine Wilson has won the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award for her novel Extinctions (UWA Publishing). Wilson was named as the winner at an event... Read more


Writers, literary orgs among latest OzCo funding recipients

Thirty-two writers and literary organisations are among the recipients of the latest Australia Council grants round, which awarded $6.1 million to 221 projects. Grants in... Read more

Academy of the Humanities, communications firm to deliver arts advocacy program

The Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH) and communications firm Newgate have been chosen to deliver a $1.65m program that will champion investment and return... Read more
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Authors for Asylum Twitter campaign raises over $13,000

Australian writers have raised $13,143.84 for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) by auctioning off various items as part of the ‘Authors for Asylum’ Twitter... Read more


PRH acquires new Tim Winton novel for March 2018

Penguin Random House (PRH) has acquired ANZ rights to a new Tim Winton novel, The Shepherd’s Hut, to be published in March 2018. Literary agency... Read more


Monash University Publishing to publish contemporary Australian literature series

Monash University Publishing will launch a new series of literary criticism in 2018 focusing on contemporary Australian writers. The press will publish two volumes in... Read more
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Inaugural Boundless festival launches program

The full program has been launched for the inaugural Boundless festival for Indigenous and culturally diverse writers. Ellen van Neerven, Julie Koh, Michael Mohammed Ahmad,... Read more


Text acquires new Gail Jones, Craig Sherborne titles

Text has acquired world rights to new books by Gail Jones and Craig Sherborne. Jones’ new novel, The Death of Noah Glass, is about a... Read more


Berbay launches junior fiction series

Berbay Publishing will release its first junior fiction series, ‘Norton’, in 2018, by Melbourne writer and illustrator John Dickson. The series focuses on seven-year-old Norton,... Read more
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Audiobooks added to Kobo app

Kobo has added an audiobook service to its smartphone and tablet app, with a monthly one-book membership costing $12.99. The service launched on 6 September... Read more


Savage appointed director of Writers Victoria

Angela Savage has been appointed director of Writers Victoria, effective from 25 September. Savage’s appointment follows the departure of Kate Larsen, who served as director since... Read more


Melbourne writers, literary organisations receive council arts grants

Several writers and literary organisations have received a share of about $800,000 in funding from Melbourne City Council. Among the recipients are Australian Poetry, for... Read more


First recipients of Writers Victoria’s women of colour development series announced

The inaugural recipients of Writers Victoria’s opportunities for women writers of colour and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have been announced. The recipients of... Read more


NYWF 2017 program launched x

The full program for the 2017 National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF) has been announced. The festival, which runs from 28 September to 1 October in... Read more


Subbed In to launch three poetry titles this month

Sydney literary organisation Subbed In is launching its first series of books at an event in Sydney on 23 September. Subbed In has been hosting... Read more


Purcell receives top awards at AWGIEs for ‘The Drover’s Wife’

Playwright Leah Purcell has received the top two writing honours at the Australian Writers’ Guild’s annual AWGIE Awards, for The Drover’s Wife (Currency Press), a... Read more

Line-up for Bundaberg’s WriteFest announced

The program for WriteFest 2017, running in Bundaberg from 6-8 October, has been announced. Author Arnold Zable headlines the festival program, joining other guests including... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The emails started an hour after the announcement from publishers known and unknown checking on available rights … so perhaps this is the start of... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Allen & Unwin has sold US rights to The Dark Lake and City of Stars (both Sarah Bailey) to Grand Central Publishing; and rights to The Dark... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Two sports memoirs have climbed into the top 10 bestsellers this week, with Billy Slater’s Autobiography (Ebury) reaching fifth spot and AFL player and coach... Read more

New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest Junior newsletter contains 14 reviews of books publishing in September, October and November. Two November picture books scored the highest possible rating of 5 stars:... Read more


RiP Connie Johnson x

Activist and author Connie Johnson has died, aged 40. Johnson launched charity organisation Love Your Sister in 2012 to raise funds for cancer research. With... Read more


RiP Peter Luck x

Journalist, broadcaster and author Peter Luck has died, aged 73. Luck was a television journalist on programs such as This Day Tonight and Four Corners,... Read more

Report finds bookshops contribute £1.9b to UK economy

In the UK, a new report commissioned by the British Booksellers Association (BA) has found that bookshops contribute an estimated £1.9bn (A$3.12bn) annually to the... Read more


Longlist announced for Baillie Gifford Prize 2017

The longlist for the £30,000 (A$49,130) 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize, which recognises nonfiction writing by authors of any nationality, has been announced. The longlisted titles... Read more

UK small publishers protest Women’s Prize fees

In the UK, a few small publishers have protested the publisher fees charged by the Women’s Prize for Fiction, claiming the the fees are ‘extortionate’ and pose... Read more

UK publishing survey finds 90% of industry is white; gender pay gap still exists

A survey of more than 1000 people working in the UK publishing industry has found that more than 90% of respondents identify as white, reports... Read more

US ABA and Authors Guild to partner on emerging author events

In the US, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and the US Authors Guild have partnered on a new initiative to produce events in independent bookstores... Read more

WA ‘Better Beginnings’ literacy program honoured at Library of Congress awards

The WA state government’s Better Beginnings literacy program has been awarded a Best Practice Honoree recognition at the 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards. Since... Read more

NLA wins ACT Project of the Year award for digital replacement program

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has won the ACT’s Project of the Year, awarded by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), reports PS... Read more

East Sussex council proposes closure of a quarter of its libraries

In the UK, a quarter of all libraries in East Sussex could close under a new proposal from the council, reports the BBC. Seven libraries... Read more

Science in fiction: Hooking younger readers on science x

For many years, stories based on historical events have inspired young readers to explore the past. Now, it’s science’s turn. Heather Zubek explores how children’s... Read more


Book blogger spotlight: Libretto Reviews

Italian expat Erica Puggioni now lives in Brisbane, where she blogs about crime, literary fiction and fantasy at Libretto Reviews. ‘I am bilingual and so... Read more

Sarah Krasnostein’s ‘The Trauma Cleaner’ x

‘The Trauma Cleaner is no ordinary trauma narrative: we see how the infliction of multiple traumas has left this fascinating woman uniquely placed to restore order... Read more

Nguyen joins EWF as program coordinator x

Editor and arts worker Linh Nguyen has been named program coordinator for the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF). Nguyen was a creative producer for EWF in... Read more

Wortley joins Hachette Australia x

Digital marketer and blogger Tonile Wortley will join Hachette Australia as a product executive/digital marketing coordinator. Wortley was formerly the digital and community coordinator at... Read more

Save the date: ABA bookseller Christmas parties x

The Australian Booksellers Association will be holding Christmas parties in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. See below for details. South Australia ABA Party... Read more

Nominations open for 2017 Dromkeen Awards x

Nominations for the 2017 Dromkeen Awards for Australian children’s literature are now open. The awards are split into two categories: The Dromkeen Medal, awarded for... Read more

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