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25 October 2017


Broad interest across Australian publishers’ lists at Frankfurt 2017

Australian publishers who attended this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair (11-15 October) reported interest across a broad range of titles, from literary debuts to ‘women’s commercial... Read more
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‘The Windy Season’ wins 2017 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction

Sam Carmody’s The Windy Season (A&U) has won the 2017 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Carmody’s novel, which follows 20-year-old Paul as he travels... Read more


ABC’s ‘The Book Club’ to host year-end special, announces book industry’s favourite 2017 reads

ABC TV’s The Book Club will host a year-end special episode on 19 December when it will announce the results of its ‘five of the... Read more
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Voss Literary Prize 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2017 Voss Literary Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Dodge Rose (Jack Cox, Text) Our Magic Hour (Jennifer Down,... Read more


HGE announces 2017 Ampersand Prize shortlist

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) has announced the shortlist for its 2017 Ampersand Prize for unpublished YA and middle-grade authors. The six shortlisted authors and their... Read more
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Most Underrated Book Award 2017 shortlist announced

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the shortlist for the 2017 Most Underrated Book Award. The shortlisted titles are: The Island Will Sink (Briohny... Read more

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ coming to Melbourne in 2019

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be coming to Melbourne’s Princess Theatre in early 2019. The play, based on an original new story by... Read more

Baker appointed MD of OUP

Oxford University Press (OUP) Australia and New Zealand has appointed Arthur Baker as its new MD, covering Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Baker... Read more

Imlah promoted to Picador publisher x

Pan Macmillan commissioning editor Mathilda Imlah has been promoted to publisher of the company’s Picador imprint. Publishing director Cate Paterson told Books+Publishing that former publisher... Read more


Rushdie to headline Melbourne’s Global Atheist Convention in 2018

UK author Salman Rushdie will headline the 2018 Global Atheist Convention, which runs from 9-11 February at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. International guests... Read more


Walker acquires debut Australian YA psychological thriller

Walker Books has acquired world rights to debut author Sarah Epstein’s YA psychological thriller Small Spaces. Due for release in April 2018, Small Spaces is... Read more


Pozible campaign raises over $20,000 for ‘Some Girls’ picture book

Australian comedian and broadcaster Nelly Thomas has successfully raised $20,925 for her self-published picture book Some Girls in a crowdfunding campaign on the website Pozible.... Read more

Asher Award 2017 shortlist announced

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the shortlist for the 2017 Asher Literary Award. The shortlisted titles are: Our Lady of the Fence... Read more


Walkley Book Award 2017 longlist announced

The Walkley Book Award longlist for 2017 has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Unmaking a Murder: The Mysterious Death of Anna-Jane Cheney (Graham Archer,... Read more


New Frontier to launch baby and early years imprint x

Children’s publisher New Frontier will launch a new baby, pre-school and early years imprint called Bright Star in July 2018. Publisher Sophia Whitfield told Books+Publishing... Read more


Echo acquires midlife dating guide

Bonnier Publishing’s Echo imprint has acquired world rights to Kerri Sackville’s Out There: A Survival for Guide for Dating in Midlife via Pippa Masson at... Read more


Authors announced for NZ Festival

The New Zealand Festival in Wellington has announced the authors appearing at its Writers and Readers stream, which runs from 8-11 March 2018. Among the... Read more

ARC funding for project exploring authorship and copyright

Monash University legal academic Rebecca Giblin and a team of researchers have received Australian Research Council funding for the project ‘Reclaiming copyright’s lost value for... Read more

artsACT announces 2018 project funding recipients

A number of writers and literary organisations are among the recipients of the 2018 ACT Arts Project Fund, delivered by artsACT. Writers to receive funding... Read more


Noted festival on hiatus in 2018

Canberra’s experimental writers’ festival Noted will not be held in 2018. The festival announced on its website in September that it will spend the next... Read more

Writers among the recipients of the 2017 New Zealand Arts Awards

A number of writers and illustrators are among the 11 recipients of the 2017 New Zealand Arts Awards, presented by the New Zealand Arts Foundation.... Read more

Pearson apologises for ‘inappropriate’ textbook content

In the UK, Pearson has apologised for publishing ‘inappropriate content’ in its textbook Nursing: A Concept-Based Approach to Learning after being criticised on social media,... Read more

Print and ebook sales on the rise in the UK

Early results from the Bookseller’s annual digital census of UK publishers has found that print and ebook sales are on the rise, with audiobook sales... Read more


Vida count 2016: male writers comprise about two thirds of authors, reviewers

In the US, Vida, the organisation for Women in Literary Arts, found that about two thirds of the authors featured in literary journals and periodicals... Read more


YALSA announces teens’ top 10 books of 2017

In the US, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has announced the 2017 Teens’ Top 10 list... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Penguin Random House has sold Lithuanian-language rights to The Tea Gardens and The Lavender Keeper (both Fiona McIntosh). Nonfiction—Black Inc. has sold Portuguese rights... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Three new releases have shot into the top 10 chart this week, led by John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down (Penguin), which debuted in... Read more

Alice Pung’s ‘On John Marsden’ and Erik Jensen’s ‘On Kate Jennings’ x

‘These essays, which sit under 100 pages, combine literary criticism, biography and interview. They’re so well crafted that you don’t need to be a fan... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘All our meetings were quite upbeat with most markets steady or slightly up and all publishers had some slots for new voices’Allen & Unwin’s Emma Dorph and Maggie Thompson on this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.



Books+Publishing magazine Issue 4 2017 x

Issue 4 of Books+Publishing magazine is out now! Reviews: Of the 17 adult books reviewed in this issue, the two most highly rated are forthcoming... Read more

SLNSW announces 2018 fellows

The recipients of the State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) 2018 fellowships have been announced. Author and historian Grace Karskens is the recipient of the... Read more


‘Hickory Dickory Dash’ to be read for 2018 National Simultaneous Storytime

Tony Wilson and Laura Wood’s new picture book Hickory Dickory Dash (Scholastic)—released in February 2018—has been chosen for the Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA)... Read more

NLA wins national award for digital replacement program

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has won the Australian Institute of Project Management’s  (AIPM) National Project of the Year for its Digital Library Infrastructure... Read more

Nguyen’s ‘investigation of humanoid robots’ wins ALIA Research Grant Award

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has presented its 2017 Research Grant Award to Linh Nguyen for her project ‘An investigation of humanoid robots... Read more

Library of Congress to offer early career residency program

The US Library of Congress is launching a ‘Librarians-in-Residence pilot program’ for early career librarians completing their master’s degree in an American Library Association-accredited program.... Read more

UK campaign group Voices for the Library to close

The UK campaign group Voices for the Library has announced that it will disband because its volunteers ‘can no longer undertake the work required to... Read more


Behind the marketing campaign: Ashleigh Barton on ‘Nevermoor’

When Jessica Townsend’s debut children’s novel Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Lothian) was published on 10 October, the buzz around the novel was considerable.... Read more

ILF trivia night fundraiser x

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) invites you to attend its major annual Victorian fundraising event, hosted by RocKwiz’s Brian Nankervis. Wine, beer and food trucks will be... Read more

Major national coverage for 'Maggie’s Recipe for Life' continues as Maggie Beer and Professor Ralph Martins hit the bestseller list

Maggie’s Recipe for Life, the brand new book by Maggie Beer and Professor Ralph Martins, was the fastest moving title on Bookscan last week, selling 7070 units and taking the top 3 spot overall. This is Maggie’s second highest-selling week ever, after Maggie’s Harvest, which sold 8202 copies the week before Christmas in 2007. Maggie and Ralph are on week 3 of their massive 7-week publicity tour that will continue into the weeks leading up to Christmas. To capitalise on all the activity, order your stock from Harper Entertainment Distribution Services at orders@harpercollins.com.au. Maggie’s Recipe for Life ISBN 9781925596953 RRP $39.99.




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