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15 November 2017

‘Books+Publishing’ invites responses for sexual harassment survey

Books+Publishing is inviting anyone working in the Australian book industry to complete a survey on sexual harassment in the industry. The decision to conduct a... Read more
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ASA announces winners of 2017 Ray Koppe Residency, ASA Medal

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Ray Koppe Residency Award and ASA Medal. Western Australian writer Holden Sheppard... Read more


Asher Award 2017 winners announced

Ruth Clare’s memoir Enemy (Viking) and Libby Hathorn’s picture book A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy (illus by Phil Lesnie, Lothian) have jointly won the... Read more
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OzCo report finds Australian artists working more, earning less x

The Australia Council has released a new report that examines the economic conditions faced by practising professional artists in Australia. One of the key findings... Read more


UWAP announces 2018 Dorothy Hewett Award shortlist

UWA Publishing has announced the shortlist for the 2018 Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript. The shortlisted authors and their works are: Teresa Bell... Read more
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First authors announced for 2018 Perth Writers Week

The first authors have been announced for the 2018 Perth Writers Week, which runs from 19-25 February. The guests include UK author Alan Hollinghurst, Canadian... Read more

Lamond to leave Little Hare

Margrete Lamond has stepped down as publisher of Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) imprint Little Hare Books. HGE said in a statement that it will not... Read more

A&U pulls Clive Hamilton’s China book citing threat of legal action

Allen & Unwin has decided not to publish Clive Hamilton’s book Silent Invasion: How China is Turning Australia into a Puppet State, citing the threat... Read more


A&U, Hachette to release new Shaun Tan books in 2018

Allen & Unwin and Hachette will be releasing new books by award-winning author Shaun Tan in 2018. Allen & Unwin will publish Tales from the... Read more


Oz genre anthology wins 2017 World Fantasy Award

Dreaming in the Dark (Jack Dann, PS Australia), an anthology of Australian genre fiction, has won a 2017 World Fantasy Award in the anthology category.... Read more


Finch Memoir Prize 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2018 Finch Memoir Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: ‘Tin Gypsy’ (Alan Sampson), a ‘heartfelt’ account of a father’s... Read more


Hardie Grant Egmont, Pantera partner with Tablo for NaNoWriMo

Publishers Pantera Press and Hardie Grant Egmont have partnered with Australian online publishing platform Tablo to review a selection of manuscripts published on the Tablo... Read more

Walkley Book Award 2017 shortlist announced

The Walkley Book Award shortlist for 2017 has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Victoria: The Queen (Julia Baird, HarperCollins) Fair Game: The Incredible Untold... Read more

Rushdie-headlined Global Atheist Convention cancelled

The Atheist Foundation of Australia (AFA) has cancelled the 2018 Global Atheist Convention, which was set to run from 9-11 February at the Melbourne Convention... Read more

Booktopia makes ‘AFR’ Fast 100 for the eighth time

Online bookseller Booktopia has made the Australian Financial Review (AFR) annual Fast 100, formerly the BRW Fast 100, for the eighth time. Booktopia came in... Read more


KOALAs 2017 winners announced

The winners of the 2017 Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALAs), the children’s choice book awards for New South Wales, have been announced. The winners... Read more

Copyright Agency, Viscopy merger given the green light

The Copyright Agency and Viscopy will formally merge on 30 November 2017 after a five-year ‘services agreement’. Members of the two rights management organisations voted... Read more

PRH UK to offer employees loans for rental deposits

In the UK, Penguin Random House (PRH) will offer employees loans to cover the cost of rental property deposits, reports the Bookseller. The Home Sweet... Read more

UK book-industry survey finds widespread sexual harassment

UK book-industry journal the Bookseller has released the results of its survey on sexual harassment in the industry, with over half of the 388 respondents... Read more

Waterstones announces Book of the Year shortlist for 2017

UK bookselling chain Waterstones has announced the shortlist for its annual Book of the Year award. The seven shortlisted titles are: Good Night Stories for... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Children’s—Berbay Publishing has sold world Spanish rights to What’s Your Story (Rose Giannone, illus by Bern Emmerichs) to Ekaré Europa S.L. Lyn Tranter at... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Jimmy Barnes’ memoir Working Class Man (HarperCollins) is the country’s bestseller for the second week in a row, in a top 10 chart dominated by established,... Read more

Alexis Wright’s ‘Tracker‘ x

‘The structure is powerful: one person tells a story, perhaps mentioning someone else, who in turn tells their version, and then perhaps Tracker has his say—so... Read more

Quote of the week

‘I became a writer because I couldn’t find stories that spoke to me about me and my life. But also because I didn’t want anyone else to speak for me’Sunil Badami delivers the Australian Society of Authors’ 2017 Colin Simpson Memorial Lecture



RiP Sylvia Lawson

Author, essayist and critic Sylvia Lawson has died, aged 84. Lawson was the author of the award-winning nonfiction book about the Sydney Bulletin and its... Read more

ALIA, federal government promote Be Connected grants

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is working with the federal government to promote its Be Connected grants to support digital inclusion programs for... Read more

Russia, Israel to digitise disputed collection of ancient Hebrew texts x

The Russian and Israeli state libraries have agreed to digitise and make available to the public a 14,000-item collection of medieval books, rare works of... Read more


The light of Sharjah: Connecting the publishing world to the Middle East x

This year’s Sharjah International Book Fair was held from 1-11 November. Books+Publishing’s Andrew Wrathall was a guest of the professional program. ‘Darkness can only be... Read more


Christmas predictions: Kath Pigou from Dymocks Adelaide

In a series running in the lead-up to Christmas, Books+Publishing is asking booksellers across the country to predict their biggest sellers and ‘surprise sellers’. In... Read more

Mullane joins Hachette x

Brigid Mullane has joined Hachette as senior editor in a maternity cover role for Kate Stevens.

Children’s Publishing Committee 2017 Christmas drinks x

The CPC is delighted to invite industry staff, booksellers and agents working with kids’ books to its annual Christmas drinks. The event will include a... Read more

Editors NSW workshop: Brush up on your grammar x

Editors NSW presents a one-day grammar workshop addressing the aspects of traditional grammar that editors find problematic such as: complex sentence structures dangling and misplaced... Read more

Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA): 2018 Crichton Award x

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) would like to remind all publishers that entries for the 2018 Crichton Award, which recognises new talent in... Read more

ADS Christmas trading

Alliance Distribution Services wishes to advise the following changes to assist customers in maximising opportunities in the period leading up to Christmas.

  1. ADS will reduce the normal minimum order value to $175 RRP from Wednesday 29 November until Wednesday 20 December. This will enable customers to have their orders despatched prior to Christmas without needing to reach the higher minimum.
  2. ADS will expand the customer service department hours to open from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm AEST weekdays for the same period. Further extensions of service may be added should activity demand.
  3. ADS has commenced an additional picking shift to ensure orders are despatched to maintain our usual high average daily turnaround throughout this busy period.

The ADS Customer Service and warehouse operations will be open on all days throughout the Christmas and New Year period other than public holidays.



A&U acquires new Shaun Tan

Allen & Unwin is thrilled to announce that they will publish Tales from the Inner City, a stunning new book by Shaun Tan, in October 2018.

A companion edition to Tan’s internationally acclaimed Tales from Outer Suburbia, Tales from the Inner City will include 25 thought-provoking illustrated short-stories, each featuring a different animal and unique relationships between humans and animals living together in urban environments.

Describing the book, A&U publisher Jodie Webster says, ‘Tales from the Inner City is Shaun Tan at his best. The superb illustrations and haunting stories are wonderfully captivating, and also challenge us to think about our world a little differently. This is a perfect Christmas gift and will delight Shaun Tan fans of all ages.’


Meet ‘The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village’ in October 2018

The Nash Agency has sold world rights to Joanna Nell’s debut novel The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village to Rebecca Saunders at Hachette Australia in a two-book deal.

To be published in October 2018, The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village is a sharp, funny and life-affirming novel about ‘women of a certain age’, inspired by the lives of GP Joanna Nell’s older patients.

Joanna’s inimitable voice coupled with the strong emotional foundation of the novel make The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village a truly memorable book for readers young and old.


Send your staff to the 2017 Independent Publishing Conference with discounted professional development packages

Group Professional Development packages are available to this year’s Independent Publishing Conference, which runs from this Thursday 16 November, to Saturday 18 November at the Wheeler Centre, Melbourne.

The discounted packages are:

  • Micro Professional Development Package $605 (inc GST): 5 x one-day conference passes to any day of the conference.
  • Mini Professional Development Package $968 (inc GST): 10 x one-day conference passes to any day of the conference.
  • Professional Development Package $1210 (inc GST): 15 x one-day conference passes to any day of the conference.

Individual tickets are also available to each day of the conference.

Book tickets online here.

See the programs for Day 1 Research Day, Day 2 Trade Day and Day 3 Fundamentals Day online here.

Book now.




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