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20 September 2017


The Woman in the Window

Get ready for the biggest thriller of 2018 … What did she see? It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home.... Read more
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HGE acquires four-book adventure series by Sydney bookseller in six-figure deal

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) has acquired world rights to four books in a new adventure series by Sydney bookseller and debut author Jeremy Lachlan, in... Read more


Scholastic acquires Kelly Gardiner middle-grade time-travel series

Scholastic has acquired world rights to ‘The Fire Watcher Chronicles’, a new middle-grade fantasy trilogy by historical fiction and YA author Kelly Gardiner. ‘The Fire... Read more
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Waverley Library Award 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlists for the 2017 Waverley Library Award for Literature, known as ‘the Nib’, and the Military History Prize, have been announced. The shortlisted titles... Read more


Scribe acquires true-crime book ‘Trace’

Scribe has acquired world rights at auction to ABC journalist Rachael Brown’s true-crime book Trace, based on the podcast of the same name. The Trace... Read more
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Fine wins 2017 Royal Society Science Book Prize

Melbourne-based British author Cordelia Fine has won the £25,000 (A$42,185) Royal Society Prize for Science Book of the Year for her book Testosterone Rex: Unmaking... Read more


Shortlists for Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes announced

The shortlists for the Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes have been announced. The shortlisted works and their authors are: Tasmania Book Prize for the best book... Read more


Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers launched

The Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers (PFABW) was launched at Parliament House in Canberra on 12 September. The group is co-chaired by Liberal... Read more


Voss Literary Prize 2017 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2017 Voss Literary Prize has been announced. The longlisted titles are:  All These Perfect Strangers (Aoife Clifford, S&S) Dodge Rose (Jack... Read more


Brotherhood of St Laurence to award two women’s writing scholarships; expands Hope Prize pool to $17,500

The Brotherhood of St Laurence will award two Women’s Writing Career Development Scholarships, worth $5,000 each, as part of its second Hope Prize short story... Read more


2017 WestWords Varuna writers in residence announced

Western Sydney youth literature centre WestWords has announced the recipients of the 2017 Western Sydney Residential Program, run in partnership with Varuna, the Writers House... Read more


Australian, NZ poets shortlisted for $20,000 Montreal International Poetry Award 2017

Eight Australian and two New Zealand poets have been shortlisted for the C$20,000 (A$20,440) Montreal International Poetry Award 2017. Australians shortlisted for the award are... Read more


APA to run Christmas ‘Book Industry Tipping’ competition

The Australian Publishers Association is running a Christmas tipping competition Each week, participants will be asked to choose which one of two titles will sell... Read more


Australian bestsellers in August: Young, Pape top fiction, nonfiction charts x

Colombiano, the debut novel by Rusty Young, author of the bestselling nonfiction book Marching Powder, has debuted in the monthly Australian fiction bestsellers chart in first... Read more


Man Booker Prize 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2017 Man Booker Prize has been announced. The six shortlisted titles are: 4 3 2 1 (Paul Auster, Faber) History of... Read more


Longlists for the 2017 National Book Award announced

In the US, the longlists for the 2017 National Book Awards have been announced, reports Publishers Weekly. The three longlists for the adult awards are:... Read more

‘Financial Times’ 2017 Business Book of the Year shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the £30,000 (A$50,655) Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award has been announced. This year’s six... Read more

UK Publishers Association announces industry-wide diversity plan

In the UK, the Publishers Association (PA) has announced a 10-point inclusivity plan, with the aim of increasing the percentage of black, Asian and minority... Read more

Sanna’s ‘The Journey’ wins UK picture-book prize

In the UK, Italian artist Francesca Sanna has won the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize the most exciting newcomer to children’s picture-book illustration, reports the Guardian.... Read more


Bookselling Without Borders launches Kickstarter to send booksellers overseas

In the US, advocacy group Bookselling Without Borders has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a scholarship fund to send independent booksellers to international book fairs,... Read more


Amazon deletes hundreds of reviews of Clinton memoir

In the US, Amazon has deleted hundreds of one-star reviews of Hillary Clinton’s new memoir, What Happened (S&S), reports Quartz. The book, in which Clinton... Read more

Audible launches in Canada, promises $12m investment in Canadian stories

Audible has announced it will open a Canadian store and spend C$12 million (A$12.4m) recording Canadian stories, reports Maclean’s. Audible CEO Don Katz launched the... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Allen & Unwin has sold simplified Chinese character rights to The Ancestor Game (Alex Miller) to QingDao. Penguin Random House Australia has sold North... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

New books by Sarah J Maas, David Lagercrantz and J D Robb have all entered the top 10 bestsellers this week. Maas’ latest instalment in... Read more

Ali Alizadeh’s ‘The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc’ x

‘Written in sparse, immediate language from multiple perspectives, it is the result of 20 years of research and writing by Alizadeh. His intense admiration of... Read more

Quote of the week

‘To have Australian stories disappear and get other stories cheaper from other countries doesn’t mean you get the same thing. It doesn’t mean you learn about yourselves, your neighbours, the future or the past of this land we are privileged to be on.’Federal MP Tony Burke at the launch of the Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers in Canberra


RiP Agnes Nieuwenhuizen x

Youth literature advocate and author Agnes Nieuwenhuizen has died, aged 79. Nieuwenhuizen established the first Schools Days at the Melbourne Writers Festival in 1994, leading... Read more

SLV partners with Redbubble on art competition

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has partnered with Melbourne-based online creative marketplace Redbubble on a competition for new artwork inspired by the library’s collection.... Read more

Greek Community of Melbourne partners with National Library of Greece on new diaspora library

The Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) and the National Library of Greece (NGL) have signed an agreement to create a Global Greek Diaspora Library to... Read more

US library funding package passes House of Representatives

In the US, a $1.2 trillion budget bill, including funding for a number of library programs, has passed the House of Representatives, despite an earlier... Read more

Google adds library ebook catalogues to search results

In the US, Google has added local library ebook catalogues to its search results, reports the Verge. Previously, users needed to log on to a... Read more


Book blogger spotlight: The Unlikely Bookworm

Londoner-turned-Sydneysider Lucy Pearson blogs about books and travel at The Unlikely Bookworm. Pearson reviews and recommends a range of fiction and nonfiction, and will soon... Read more

Varuna’s Publisher Introduction Program 2018 x

Writers working on a new work of fiction, narrative nonfiction or writing for young adults are encouraged to apply for Varuna’s Publisher Introduction Program (PIP).... Read more

Australian-Indonesian Writing Exchange: Tulis 2018 x

Tulis 2018 is a writing exchange between Indonesia and Australia that has received grant funding from the Australia-Indonesia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs... Read more

CBCA Crichton Award—new illustrators

This award recognises and encourages new talent in the field of Australian children’s book illustration. This national award is administered by the Victorian Branch of the CBCA.

Entries are now open for The Children’s Book Council of Australia 2018 Crichton Award, closing date 30 November 2017.

For guidelines and entry forms visit the Awards page on the CBCA Vic website: vic.cbca.org.au


Free webinar: Making Practical Sense of the Australian Economy

UniLink will facilitate a free webinar on Thursday 21 September about the state of the Australian economy, delivered by Dave de Garis, Director and Economist with the National Australia Bank.

De Garis will make practical sense of how the economy is travelling, how it is likely to perform and how factors such as geopolitics, consumer confidence, growth rates, income, housing prices, domestic politics and China will affect the Australian economy.

For more information, and to register for the webinar, click here.

Event details

Date: Thursday 21 September
Time: 1pm-2pm (AEST)
Cost: Free
Bookings: https://register.gotowebinar.com …


Three Text authors on the Nib awards shortlist

Hearty congratulations to our authors who have each received the Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize ($1000) and are now in contention to win the People’s Choice Prize of $1000, as well as the $20,000 major award.

Kate Cole-Adams for Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness (ISBN 9781925498202); Sebastian Smee for The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art (ISBN:9781925240351); and Ashleigh Wilson for Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing (ISBN 781925355239).

To order copies, please contact United Book Distributors on 1800 33 88 36 or orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au.




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