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24 January 2018


Full program announced for 2018 Perth Writers Week

The full program has been announced for the 2018 Perth Festival Writers Week, which runs from 19-25 February. Events at the festival include the pairing... Read more
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Copyright Agency announces recipients of $1.035m funding grants

Thirty-five arts organisations have received a total of $1.035m in the latest round of funding from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. Literary organisations and projects... Read more


Hachette acquires new novel by Hannah Richell

Hachette Australia has acquired Australian and New Zealand rights to Hannah Richell’s new novel, The Peacock Summer, in a joint deal with Orion UK. Hachette... Read more
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Walker Books to publish middle-grade fiction book by Zoe Norton Lodge and sister Georgia

TV presenter and comedian Zoe Norton Lodge has teamed up with her sister Georgia, a graphic designer and illustrator, for a new middle-grade fiction title, Elizabella... Read more


EWF, MWF, Express Media, Writers Vic to stay open on 26 January

The offices of the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF), Express Media, Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) and Writers Victoria will remain open on 26 January in support... Read more
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Serong shortlisted for 2018 Edgars

Australian author Jock Serong has been shortlisted for the 2018 Edgar Allan Poe Awards (the Edgars), which honour ‘the best in mystery fiction and nonfiction’... Read more


Cowley shortlisted for 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Awards

New Zealand children’s book author Joy Cowley has been shortlisted for the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Awards, administered by the International Board on Books for... Read more


Chen-Meyer awarded Tiptree Fellowship

Australian writer Ineke Chen-Meyer has been announced as one of two recipients of the 2017 Tiptree Fellowship. The fellowship, run by the US-based James Tiptree... Read more


Robinsons to open 10th Melbourne store

Independent bookselling chain Robinsons Bookshop is opening a new store in Plenty Valley Westfield in Melbourne’s north in March. Robinsons owner Susanne Horman told Books+Publishing... Read more

Google Play adds audiobooks titles x

Google has begun selling audiobooks to its Google Play Store in Australia and 45 other countries. The Australian store features ‘The Sound of Aussie Authors’... Read more


Writers awarded OzCo international residencies for 2018-19

A number of writers have been awarded international residencies for 2018-19 as part of the Australia Council’s program. Authors Emily Bitto and Fiona McFarlane will... Read more


Writers Vic announces second round of women writers of colour bursary recipients

Writer’s Victoria has announced the recipients of its second series of professional development opportunities for women writers of colour and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.... Read more


Hachette acquires Pomare’s debut novel ‘In My Skull’

Hachette Australia has acquired ANZ rights to Melbourne-based writer J P (Joshua) Pomare’s debut novel In My Skull in a six-publisher auction. Rights were acquired... Read more

Margaret River Short Story Competition 2018 winner announced

Andrew Roff has won the 2018 Margaret River Short Story Competition for his story ‘Pigface’. Cassie Hamer came in second place with her story, ‘Habitat’,... Read more

Women dominate UK literary fiction bestsellers

Nine out of the top 10 bestselling literary fiction authors in 2017 were women writers, reports the Bookseller. Margaret Atwood topped the list, benefiting from... Read more

Waterstones’ annual profits rise by 80%

UK bookselling chain Waterstones has reported an 80 percent jump in annual profits, reports the Guardian. Waterstones reported that pre-tax profits increased from £9.9m (A$17.1m)... Read more

Inaugural Translators’ Association First Translation Prize shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the inaugural Translators’ Association First Translation Prize, worth £2000, has been announced, reports the Bookseller. The shortlisted works are:... Read more

Author Earnings to capture real-time sales data; releases 2017 US sales report

US-based ebook analysts Author Earnings has expanded its tracking of online US print, audio and digital book sales to capture daily data. The data analysis... Read more

Freight Books authors told to buy back their stock or have it pulped x

In the UK, authors at Freight Books, the Scottish independent publisher that went into provisional liquidation in October 2017, have been told to buy back... Read more


Ferrante joins ‘Guardian Weekend’ as columnist

Bestselling author of the ‘Neapolitan’ series Elena Ferrante will write a regular newspaper column—her first ever—for Guardian Weekend magazine, reports the Guardian. Beginning on 20... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Allen & Unwin has sold US rights to The Museum of Modern Love (Heather Rose) to Algonquin; and German and Turkish rights to The... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

The paperback edition of Michael Wolff’s insider account of the Trump White House, Fire and Fury (Hachette), has debuted at second spot on this week’s... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘There is a distinct difference between suitably skilled and employable people choosing to forgo financial gain in the service of a greater artistic good, and the current system, which demands volunteer work from those least able to give it.’—Samantha Forge examines how unpaid internships perpetuate privilege in the arts industry.



RiP Meme McDonald

Author Meme McDonald has died, aged 63. McDonald was the author of nine books for adults and younger readers, including The Binna Binna Man (A&U),... Read more


RiP Ursula K Le Guin x

Fantasy and science fiction author Ursula K Le Guin has died, aged 88. Le Guin was the author of more than 20 novels, including The... Read more

Regional WA library launches free online movie-streaming service

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder in regional WA has launched a free online movie-streaming service, for members of the William Grundt Memorial Library. Library members can... Read more

Fifteen Somserset libraries under threat of closure

In the UK, 15 out of Somerset County’s 34 libraries are under threat of closure unless voluntary staff can be found to run the service,... Read more


Beyond print: Exploring transmedia narratives x

UQP nonfiction publisher Alexandra Payne explores the potential of transmedia narratives for publishers.Read the full article here.

Margaret Wild and Freya Blackwood’s ‘The Feather’ x

‘This exquisite and affecting allegory is another masterful Margaret Wild and Freya Blackwood collaboration that is greater than the sum of its parts’ … read... Read more

Fremantle seminar: children’s bookselling and publishing x

The Children’s Publishing Committee of the Australian Publishers Association, in conjunction with the Australian Booksellers Association will hold a one-day seminar on children’s publishing and... Read more

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