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4 October 2017

Crowley, Oseman win 2017 Inky Awards

Cath Crowley and Alice Oseman have won the 2017 Inky Awards, presented by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria. Cath... Read more

New PRH Australia imprint Penguin Life to launch next year

Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia will launch Penguin Life, an imprint focussed on personal development and healthy living, in January 2018. Six books will be... Read more

Tan’s ‘Rubik’ sold to North America

US and Canadian rights to Elizabeth Tan’s debut novel Rubik (Brio) have been sold to Unnamed Press. The deal was negotiated by Rachel Crawford at... Read more
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Text to publish two John Clarke collections

Text Publishing will release two collections by the late satirist John Clarke at the end of 2017. Tinkering: The Complete Book of John Clarke, which... Read more

Richell Prize 2017 shortlist announced

Hachette Australia and the Emerging Writers’ Festival have announced the shortlist for the 2017 Richell Prize for emerging writers. The shortlisted writers and their works... Read more

Writers Victoria announces Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund recipients

Writers Victoria has announced the first round of recipients for the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund. Ten successful writers, playwrights and publishers were selected from... Read more
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Gibson fined $410,000 for ‘misleading and deceptive conduct’

The Federal Court has ordered Belle Gibson to pay the state of Victoria $410,000, after earlier finding she had engaged in ‘misleading and deceptive conduct’,... Read more

LEB to hold 2018 conference in Hobart

Leading Edge Books (LEB) will hold its annual conference on 25-27 March 2018 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart. The conference program will incorporate... Read more

Zable awarded 2017 Australia Council Fellowship

Writer Arnold Zable has been awarded the 2017 Australia Council Fellowship for literature, worth $80,000. Zable is the author of several memoirs, short story collections... Read more
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Digital Writers’ Festival reveals 2017 program

The program for the 2017 Digital Writers Festival (DWF), which runs from 24 October to 3 November, has been announced. More than 120 guests will... Read more

‘Truly Madly Guilty’, ‘The Barefoot Investor’ top 2016-17 Australian adult bestsellers charts x

Liane Moriarty’s Truly Madly Guilty (Pan) and Scott Pape’s The Barefoot Investor (John Wiley) have topped the Australian adult fiction and nonfiction bestsellers charts for... Read more

‘The 78-Storey Treehouse’ tops Australian children’s bestsellers charts x

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s The 78-Storey Treehouse (Pan) has topped the Australian children’s bestsellers chart for July 2016-June 2017, selling 342,000 titles over this... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Speaking as a writer, I would not mind if they disappeared altogether. They have led readers towards authors who are celebrities first and authors second.’—Michelle... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Affirm has sold rights to The Nowhere Child (Christian White) in the following territories via Linda Kaplan at Kaplan/DeFiore: UK rights to HarperCollins, US... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

The 91-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan) has held the top spot in this week’s overall bestsellers chart for a seventh consecutive week,... Read more

New ‘Books+Publishing’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest Reviews newsletter contains eight reviews of books publishing in October, November and December. The highest-scoring book was Alexis Wright’s biography of Indigenous activist... Read more

Goldsmiths Prize 2017 shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the 2017 Goldsmiths Prize has been announced, reports the Bookseller. The shortlisted titles are: H(a)ppy (Nicola Barker, William Heinemann) A Line... Read more

Dorling Kindersley to sell Rough Guides to APA Publications

In the UK, Dorling Kindersley (DK) has agreed to sell travel publisher Rough Guides to APA Publications for an undisclosed amount, reports the Bookseller. DK... Read more

Giller Prize shortlist 2017 announced

In Canada, the shortlist for the C$100,000 ($102,200) Scotiabank Giller Prize 2017 for the best Canadian novel or short-story collection published in English has been... Read more

World Book Day criticised for favouring celebrities over children’s authors

In the UK, children’s book authors have criticised World Book Day organisers for the number of celebrity-authored titles chosen for next year’s events, reports the... Read more

SLNSW to offer $10,000 Young Creative Technologist Award

The State Library of NSW’s DX Lab has established a Young Creative Technologist Award, worth $10,000, for a person aged 18-25 to create an ‘innovative... Read more

Mackay library wins top state award for design

Dudley Denny City Library in Mackay, Queensland, has won top spot in the 2017 Master Builders Queensland Awards’ Refurbishment/Renovation over $2 million award category, reports... Read more

Queensland council abolishes overdue book fines

Fraser Coast Regional Council in Queensland has abolished overdue book fines at its libraries, arguing that the fines require too much staff time to administer, reports... Read more

Liverpool library to consider hosting weddings to generate income

In the UK, Liverpool Council will consider hosting weddings at Liverpool’s Central Library under plans to generate income from the library service, reports the BBC.... Read more

Book blogger spotlight: The Bookish Manicurist

Amanda Salles creates ‘bookish nail art’ inspired by the covers of her favourite books. Pictures of her nail art and tutorial videos accompany reviews of... Read more

Jane Harper’s ‘Force of Nature’ x

‘Fans of The Dry will enjoy this gripping page-turner, although it lacks some of the satisfying detective work of her debut’ … read Andrea Hanke’s... Read more

Currie joins QWC x

Chris Currie has joined the Queensland Writers Centre as marketing and communications coordinator. He was previously social media manager at Avid Reader bookshop.

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