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17 January 2018

Last chance: Please complete our post-Christmas survey x

Books+Publishing is currently conducting its annual post-Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. The survey deadline has been extended to Thursday, 18 January. This is your last... Read more
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Indie Book Awards 2018 shortlist announced

Leading Edge Books has announced the 2018 Indie Book Awards shortlist, for the best Australian books published in 2017. The shortlisted titles in each category... Read more


Hazel Rowley Fellowship 2018 shortlist announced

Writers Victoria has announced the eight writers shortlisted for the 2018 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, awarded annually to an Australian writer for a proposed biographical... Read more
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Twenty-six writers and organisations among latest OzCo grants recipients

Twenty-six writers and literary organisations are among the 196 recipients of the latest round of Australia Council funding grants, worth a total of $6.4m. Fifteen... Read more

Writers, lit journals among recipients of VicArts funding

A number of writers and literary organisations are among the 70 recipients of the latest round of VicArts project funding, worth a total of $1.5m.... Read more
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Xoum announces 2017 XO Romance Prize shortlist

Xoum Publishing has announced the shortlist for the 2017 XO Romance Prize for an unpublished manuscript. The shortlisted works and their authors are: L Francis... Read more


‘Working Class Boy’ adaptation receives Screen Australia funding

A feature documentary adaptation of Jimmy Barnes’ memoir Working Class Boy (HarperCollins) is one of 12 documentary projects to receive production funding from Screen Australia.... Read more


Sweatshop launches program for Western Sydney culturally diverse women writers

Western Sydney literary group Sweatshop has launched the Writers’ Collective for Diverse Women, a new program of workshops for Indigenous and culturally diverse women writers... Read more


Affirm to boycott Australia Day public holiday

Affirm Press has announced it will boycott Australia Day on 26 January in support of the movement to change the date of the holiday to... Read more


Sullivan, Kobayashi and Charls join Wheeler Centre x

The Wheeler Centre has announced several new appointments to its staff. Former prize manager of the Stella Prize Veronica Sullivan has joined the centre as... Read more

HarperCollins to publish Purcell’s ‘The Girl on the Page’

HarperCollins Australia has acquired The Girl on the Page, an ‘industry insider’ novel by Booktopia director of books John Purcell. Described as ‘a smart, sexy,... Read more

Twelfth Planet Press’ Kaleidoscope imprint to publish first novel

Independent genre publishers Twelfth Planet Press will publish Kate Gordon’s YA novel Thyla as the first novel under its Kaleidoscope imprint, which specialises in representing... Read more


Hardie Grant acquires Rowntree travel title

Hardie Grant has acquired a new illustrated guide on ocean and river cruises by Channel Nine’s Getaway presenter Catriona Rowntree. The Best of World Cruising... Read more

Maslen wins ‘KYD’ New Critic Award 2018

Writer and events producer Kylie Maslen has been named the winner of the 2018 Kill Your Darlings New Critic Award. Maslen receives $3000 and will... Read more


‘KYD’ announces new staff; appoints Cregan as book club coordinator

Literary magazine Kill Your Darlings (KYD) has announced several new staff members for 2018, including the appointment of Ellen Cregan as coordinator of KYD’s First... Read more


Vuong wins 2017 T S Eliot Prize

American poet Ocean Vuong has won the 2017 T S Eliot Prize for poetry, reports the Guardian. Vuong won the prize for his debut collection... Read more

German sales down 2% in 2017

German trade paper buchreport has reported sales were down for the German book industry in 2017, with value dropping two percent compared to 2016, reports... Read more

Print book volume down by 4% in Canada in 2017

Print book sales in Canada have declined in 2017, with print book volume down by four percent and value down by three percent compared to... Read more

Lonely Planet Kids expands in US market

The children’s imprint of travel publisher Lonely Planet—Lonely Planet Kids—has announced several new appointments as part of its ongoing expansion in the US market, reports... Read more

Czech Republic creates tax-deductible book allowance for employees

In the Czech Republic, the government has introduced a new tax law that allows companies to offer tax-deductible book vouchers to employees, reports Publishing Perspectives.... Read more

PRH buys Rodale Books

In the US, Penguin Random House (PRH) has purchased the trade book publishing assets of wellness publisher Rodale Books from Hearst Corp, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more

Quarto to consolidate adult trade imprints

In the UK, Quarto is merging its three adult trade imprints into one new imprint, White Lion Publishing, reports the Bookseller. The publishers’ imprints Aurum... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Allen & Unwin has sold Bulgarian rights to The Eye of the Sheep (Sofie Laguna) to Ednorog Publishers. Nonfiction—Allen & Unwin has sold German... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, Wiley) continues its run as the country’s overall bestseller into the new year, heading up a top 10 chart that’s... Read more

Jack Heath’s ‘The Hangman’ x

‘Readers’ enjoyment will hinge on how invested they become in Blake’s moral conflict, but Hangman is ghoulish fun, and fills the Dexter– and Hannibal-shaped holes... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The only Tongan-Australian story we have is Chris Lilley’s (Jonah from Tonga). If that’s all Australia is engaging with, a white guy in brown paint, then we have a lot of responsibility to take up.’—writer Winnie Dunn on Western Sydney literary group Sweatshop’s new Writers’ Collective for Diverse Women program.


RiP Paul Greenberg x

New Zealand sales and distribution agent, entrepreneur and long-serving book industry figure Paul Greenberg has died. Greenberg started out in publishing in the 1960s and worked... Read more

RiP Lilith Norman x

Australian children’s author Lilith Norman has died, aged 90. Norman was the author of several children’s books, including Climb a Lonely Hill (Cengage), which was... Read more

RiP Chris Player x

The founder of specialist academic distributor Astam Books, Chris Player, has died. Footprint Books, which acquired Astam in 2006, supplied the following statement: ‘Sadly Chris... Read more

ALIA prepares for Library Lovers’ Day on 14 February

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) will host its annual Library Lovers’ Day on 14 February. The event will be launched by the Parliamentary... Read more

Live performance repository AusStage in funding jeopardy

Australia’s most comprehensive index of live performances, AusStage, is in jeopardy due to uncertain funding, reports InDaily. AusStage has been funded by grants from the... Read more

Five librarians win IFLA/OCLC fellowship x

Library cooperative OCLC and International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has awarded the IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program for 2018, which supports... Read more


Speak their language: Reflecting on the ILF ‘Binjari Buks’ project

In December 2017, a group of Indigenous Literacy Foundation staff, volunteers and publishing industry supporters visited the Katherine region in the Northern Territory to launch... Read more


Wheels in motion: new recruits at the Wheeler Centre

Veronica Sullivan, Hiroki Kobayashi and Stella Charls recently joined the Wheeler Centre’s programming team, but many in the industry will already know these three from... Read more

Dunne joins the Stella Prize x

Fiona Dunne has joined the Stella Prize in the position of prize manager. She was previously creative producer at Express Media. Dunne replaces Veronica Sullivan,... Read more

Nelson joins Queensland Poetry Festival x

Lucy Neslon has been appointed the new artistic director of Queensland Poetry Festival, beginning the post at the end of January. Nelson is the outgoing... Read more


Staff changes at Simon & Schuster x

Simon & Schuster (S&S) has appointed Ashleigh Jordan to the newly created position of senior national account manager. Jordan was previously with Allen & Unwin... Read more

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