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10 January 2018

Please complete our post-Christmas survey

Books+Publishing is currently conducting its annual post-Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey online. Booksellers If you... Read more
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Trump exposé ‘Fire and Fury’ generates ‘huge’ local demand x

Hachette Australia and Australian booksellers are anticipating ‘huge’ demand for the local release of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, after... Read more

State government recommends returning WA Prem’s to annual event in review of writing sector x

The Western Australian state government has made nine final recommendations to support the state’s writing sector, including returning the WA Premier’s Book Awards to an... Read more
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Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature shortlists announced

The shortlists have been announced for this year’s Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, presented biennially by the South Australian government. The shortlisted works in each... Read more


Pape tops 2017 bestsellers chart

Scott Pape’s The Barefoot Investor (Wiley) was the highest selling book in Australia in 2017, selling 438,000 copies, reports Fairfax. According to statistics provided by... Read more
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New Victorian commissions program for ‘ambitious, ground-breaking projects’

The Victorian state government is calling for applications for ‘ambitious, ground-breaking projects’, which could receive up to $1m in funding, as part of a new... Read more


ABIAs 2018 date, venue announced

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) will be held on Thursday, 3 May this year. This year’s awards will be held at the International Convention... Read more

Government reveals $5.4m cut to OzCo in MYEFO

The federal government revealed a $5.4m funding cut to the Australia Council in its 2017-18 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) on 18 December 2017.... Read more


SWF announces earlier dates for 2018, 2019

The 2018 Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) will be held from 30 April to 6 May—a month earlier than in previous years. The date change is... Read more


Ismail wins Deborah Cass Prize 2017

Perth writer Rafeif Ismail has won Writers Victoria’s 2017 Deborah Cass Prize for emerging writers from migrant backgrounds for her manuscript extract ‘Almitra Amongst Ghosts’.... Read more


Goldsworthy wins Horne Prize 2017

The Saturday Paper and cosmetics company Aesop announced writer Kerryn Goldsworthy as the winner of the $15,000 Horne Prize 2017 for her essay, ‘The Limit of... Read more


Text acquires new YA debut

Text has acquired world rights to debut author Kay Kerr’s YA novel, Please Don’t Hug Me. Kerr’s novel is a ‘contemporary coming-of-age tale’ about ‘a... Read more


PANZ to lead Bologna delegation

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) will have a New Zealand collective stand for the first time at Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2018.... Read more


Costa Book Awards 2017 category winners announced x

In the UK, the five category winners for the 2017 Costa Book Awards have been announced, with three of the winning titles published by HarperCollins... Read more


Story Prize 2018 finalists announced

In the US, the three finalists for the 2018 Story Prize have been announced. The finalists are: The King is Always above the People (Daniel... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Allen & Unwin has sold Turkish rights to The Mummy Bloggers (Holly Wainwright) to Hep Kitap. Nonfiction—Allen & Unwin has sold German and US... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Nonfiction and children’s fiction titles are performing well in the latest bestseller charts, for the week ending 30 December 2017. The top 10 bestsellers chart... Read more

Lloyd Jones’ ‘The Cage’ x

‘Best known for his novel Mister Pip, New Zealand writer Lloyd Jones’ latest offering is a compelling if unsettling read. The language is simple and... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We’ve reprinted at least four times since Thursday and we will probably reprint again before the end of today. It’s an hour-by-hour decision.’Hachette Australia joint managing director Justin Ractliffe on the demand for Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.



RiP David Hutchison x

Fremantle local historian and writer David Hutchison has died, aged 90. Hutchison was the author of guidebook Fremantle Walks and contributed a fictionalised account of... Read more

SLWA partners with Minderoo Foundation

The State Library of WA (SLWA) has partnered with Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation to develop a project that ‘retraces and reinterprets’ John Forrest’s... Read more

Library of Congress to scale back Twitter archive

In the US, the Library of Congress will scale back its approach to collecting every message posted on Twitter, reports the Australian Financial Review. The... Read more


Summer bestsellers: A look at the post-Christmas charts x

When the Christmas frenzy has died down, what sells during the rest of the summer? Brad Jefferies explores the trends behind the post-Christmas bestsellers. Read... Read more

The Charles Perkins Centre: Writer in Residence Fellowship 2018

The Charles Perkins Centre Writer in Residence Fellowship 2018 has been made possible thanks to the generosity of its inaugural Patron, Judy Harris.

The fellowship will support an established Australian writer to create new work within Australia’s leading interdisciplinary centre dedicated to easing the global burden of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions through innovative research and teaching.

The fellowship will be for one year (2018-2019), and will include:

  • a grant of A$100,000
  • an Honorary Appointment at the University of Sydney
  • a base in the Charles Perkins Centre Research and Education Hub
  • full library access
  • the opportunity to meet and work with a diverse range of researchers, educators and clinicians at the Charles Perkins Centre.

Applications are open until 11.30pm, 10 February 2018. Click here to apply.




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