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7 February 2018


Little Gods

A rare, original and stunning coming-of-age story resonating with echoes of Jasper Jones, Cloudstreet and Seven Little Australians. The setting is the Mallee, wide flat... Read more
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Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2018 winners announced

Melbourne-based writer Sarah Krasnostein has won the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature for her first book, The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death,... Read more

Full program for Adelaide Writers’ Week 2018 announced

The full program for Adelaide Writers’ Week, which runs from 3-8 March, has been announced. This year’s festival is dedicated to children’s author Mem Fox,... Read more
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FWF expands to two festivals in 2018

The Feminist Writers Festival (FWF) has announced it will expand to two festivals in 2018, with the theme ‘rewriting the story’. FWF will run its... Read more


WAYRBA 2018 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2018 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards (WAYRBA) have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Picture books Torty... Read more
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VIPs announced for 2018 SWF

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the guests attending the 2018 Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) program, to be held alongside the Sydney Writers’... Read more


Hardie Grant to publish Hamilton’s controversial ‘Silent Invasion’

Hardie Grant Books has acquired world rights to Clive Hamilton’s book on Chinese influence in Australia, Silent Invasion, with plans to publish the title in... Read more


Janu wins XO Romance Prize 2017

Xoum Publishing has announced Penelope Janu as the winner of the 2017 XO Romance Prize for an unpublished manuscript for her novel ‘On the Same... Read more

Clarke to present books segment on new ABC show

Author Maxine Beneba Clarke will present a fortnightly books segment on a new ABC program hosted by journalist and commentator Stan Grant. The 45-minute program,... Read more


Copyright Agency publishes Cornegé report on the digital revolution and marketing

The Copyright Agency has published a report by Allen & Unwin head of publicity Louise Cornegé that examines how the digital revolution has changed the... Read more


Staff changes at Readings x

Melbourne independent bookshop Readings has announced several staff changes across its seven stores. Joe Rubbo will move from his current role managing Readings Doncaster to... Read more


New bookstore opens in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges x

A new bookstore, Daisy Boots Book Shop, has opened in the Dandenong Ranges in regional Victoria. Located in Sassafras, the shop opened for business on... Read more


Europa Editions to be distributed by NewSouth

Titles from New York-based publisher Europa Editions will be distributed in Australia by NewSouth Books from March 2018. The new sales and distribution relationship constitutes,... Read more


Australian authors featured on 2017 Locus Awards Recommended Reading List

Several Australian authors and illustrators have been named on the 2017 Locus Recommended Reading List, which serves as the voting ballot for the annual Locus... Read more

Kobo report highlights mysteries and thrillers as most read in 2017

Mysteries and thrillers dominated Kobo’s 2017 top 10 ebook bestsellers and most read ebook titles in Australia, according to Kobo’s 2017 Book Report. The Missing... Read more

'The Garret' podcast expands in 2018

The Garret podcast has announced plans to expand in 2018, which includes a move away from a season-based release schedule and new episodes dedicated to... Read more


Young made honorary fellow by NZSA

New Zealand writer Ashleigh Young has been made an honorary literary fellow as part of the New Zealand Society of Authors’ (NZSA) annual Waitangi Day... Read more


ABDA launches new survey for book designers

The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) has launched a new survey to measure the health of the local book-design industry and generate data around the... Read more

National Book Award recognises works in translation in new award category

In the US, the National Book Foundation announced that it will present a new award for translated literature as part of this year’s National Book... Read more

UK publishers urge Man Booker Prize organisers to reconsider rule change

Several UK publishers have signed a letter urging organisers of the Man Booker Prize to reconsider the rule change in 2013 that made US-authored titles... Read more

New data shows 14.5% growth in Chinese book market in 2017

China’s retail book market expanded in 2017 at a rate of 14.55%, year on year, according to data from Chinese industry-data research firm OpenBook, reports... Read more


Italy to be guest of honour at 2023 Frankfurt Book Fair

Italy has been announced as the guest of honour at the 2023 Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF), which will be held from 18-22 October 2023. FBF... Read more

Gui Minhai awarded 2018 IPA Prix Voltaire

The International Publishers Association (IPA) has awarded the 2018 Prix Voltaire award, which supports defenders of the freedom to publish, to missing Chinese-born Swedish publisher Gui... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction—Allen & Unwin has sold German rights to four titles in the ‘Phryne Fisher Murder Mysteries series’, Murder in Montparnasse, Queen of the Flowers,... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Jojo Moyes’ Still Me (Michael Joseph), the third ‘Lou Clarke’ novel following Me Before You and After You, is the highest new entry in this... Read more

Tim Winton’s ‘The Shepherd’s Hut’ x

‘Tim Winton is a modern-day master; he seems to be able to produce gem after gem that remain in the reader’s consciousness long after the... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘These are exciting times and I don’t need to remind readers that in the year of #MeToo, gender politics are more firmly on the table than ever. That wave that Stella rode in on has become a tsunami’—Stella Prize co-founder Sophie Cunningham reflects on six years of the Stella initiative, its impact on literary prize culture and its successes, challenges and future.


New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s first Junior newsletter contains 12 reviews of books publishing in February and March 2018. Two books scored the maximum five-star rating: a new picture-book... Read more

RIP David Christophel x

Second-hand bookseller and academic David Christophel has died, aged 70, reports the ABC. Christophel was the owner of Blackwood Books in Adelaide, which he opened in... Read more

ABC to dismantle sound libraries and send book collection to Samoa

The ABC will dismantle its sound and reference libraries throughout the country, and make 10 librarians redundant in order to free up floor space and... Read more


SLV announces new $15,000 fellowship for Indigenous cultural research

The State Library Victoria (SLV) will offer a new $15,000 specialist fellowship for Victorian Aboriginal researchers in 2018. The Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Research Fellowship is... Read more

Welsh librarian jailed for stealing books

In Wales, a librarian has been jailed for stealing books from the workplace and attempting to sell them online, reports the BBC. Elizabeth Macregor, from... Read more


Louise Cornegé on the changing ways publishers market and promote books x

Allen & Unwin’s head of publicity Louise Cornegé travelled to New York in April 2017 to ‘review the latest global trends, strategies and technologies in... Read more

Terri-ann White


Deeper connections: Terri-ann White on the Australia Council January delegation to India x

In January, Australian publishers Robert Watkins (Hachette Australia), Margrete Lamond (Dirt Lane Press), Anna Moulton (Magabala Books), Sam Cooney (Brow Books) and Terri-ann White (UWA... Read more

Flux finishes as editor-in-chief of ‘Writers Bloc’ x

Elizabeth Flux will conclude her role as as editor-in-chief of Writers Bloc this week, with the position no longer being continued under a new company... Read more

Shuttleworth joins Berbay Publishing x

Mike Shuttleworth has joined Berbay Publishing in the role of marketing and communications manager. Shuttleworth was previously the program manager and schools program director for the Melbourne... Read more

Applications open for VicArts Grants program x

Applications for the VicArts Grants program are now open to individuals and organisations. The grants provide one-off support for discrete projects and programs that will... Read more

2018 Pixie O’Harris Award: nominations closing soon x

Nominations for the 2018 Pixie O’Harris Award are closing soon. The award recognises publishers, editors, creators, booksellers, publicists and other industry representatives who have worked... Read more

ABIA nominations closing Monday, February 12 x

Nominations for the 2018 Australian Book Industry Awards are currently open and will be closing at 5pm AEDT Monday, 12 February. Don’t miss the opportunity to... Read more

Corrections to 'Griffith Review 59: Commonwealth Now'

A number of corrections have been made to the print edition of Griffith Review 59: Commonwealth Now.

  • p.7: the reference to ‘King Edward’ should read ‘King Harold’.
  • p.13 & 14: ‘1956’ should read ‘1954’.
  • p.158: acknowledgement should read ‘With thanks to Taipei Artist Village; Ministry of Culture of the ROC (Republic of China), Taiwan; Mary Maguire; Christopher Hale; and Loh Kah Seng’.

All digital and online versions are correct.


Nominations open for Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year 2018

Nominations are now open for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards for 2018.

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year awards aim to promote children’s books as literacy tools, as well as raising awareness of the role of speech pathologists play in helping children develop language and literacy skills. The awards are now in their fifteenth year.

Publishers can download nomination forms and check eligibility guidelines at the association’s website.

Nominations close on Friday, 30 March 2018.




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