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14 February 2018

 

Inaugural ‘Rising Star’ award added to ABIAs 2018

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) has introduced a new award to recognise emerging talent in the publishing industry. The inaugural Rising Star of the... Read more
 

 

Stella Prize 2018 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2018 Stella Prize has been announced. This year’s longlisted titles are: The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree (Shokoofeh Azar, Wild Dingo... Read more
 

 

Gleitzman announced as Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018-19

Children’s author Morris Gleitzman has been chosen as the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018-19. The author of nearly 40 books for young people, including Two... Read more
 
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PRH Literary Prize winner announced

Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia has announced that the winner of its inaugural literary prize is Kathryn Hind for her novel Hitch. ACT-based Hind wins... Read more
 

 

PRH and Books on the Rail launch ‘blind date with a book’ initiative

Penguin Random House Australia has partnered with Books on the Rail and the Street Library to launch a ‘blind date with a book’ campaign to... Read more
 

 

Seizure announces 2018 Viva la Novella shortlist

Volunteer-run publishing initiative Seizure has announced the shortlist for the 2018 Viva la Novella competition. This year’s shortlisted authors and their works are: Hasti Abbasi... Read more
 
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Inaugural children’s literature festival to be held in WA

A new festival celebrating children’s literature and arts will be held in Claremont, Western Australia from 9-13 May. The inaugural Scribblers Festival is conceived by... Read more
 

 

Xoum changes name to Brio Books; moves distribution to Hardie Grant

Xoum Publishing is changing its name to Brio Books, effective immediately. Brio Books—originally the name of the publisher’s literary imprint founded in 2016—will continue to... Read more
 

 

'Mascara', Sweatshop launch mentorship program for editors of colour

Mascara Literary Review and Western Sydney literary collective Sweatshop are launching two editing mentorships as part of a new two-year project to upskill emerging writers... Read more
 
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Hardie Grant moves distribution to HEDS

Hardie Grant Publishing is moving to Harper Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS) for it distribution in Australia and New Zealand. The new deal will commence on... Read more
 

 

ASA launches virtual ‘literary speed dating’ for regional members

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) will launch its first virtual ‘literary speed dating’ session for regional members as part of Red Dirt Writers’ Week.... Read more
 

 

‘Nevermoor’ makes shortlist for Waterstones children’s prize

Jessica Townsend’s middle-grade novel Nevermoor (Lothian) has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in the younger readers category. Australian-born US-based author Emily Suvada... Read more
 

 

Hardie Grant acquires Karen Martini cookbook

Hardie Grant Books has acquired world rights to Karen Martini’s next cookbook for publication in 2019. The Melbourne chef, restaurateur, food writer and food editor... Read more
 

 

Blythe to direct Homecooked Comics Festival

Publicity and marketing manager at Black Inc. Marian Blythe has been announced as festival director for the 2018 Homecooked Comics Festival. Blythe, who was formerly... Read more
 

 

New podcast on Australian kids’ books launches

A new fortnightly podcast about Australian children’s books has launched. One More Page focuses on Australian picture books through to middle-grade titles, and includes interviews,... Read more
 

 

Aussie, NZ writers make shortlists for UK Romantic Novel Awards

Australian author Janet Glover and New Zealand author Soraya M Lane have both been included in the 2018 Romantic Novel Awards (RONA) shortlists, administered by... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

‘I want to be an ambassador for the fears and hopes and dreams and dreads that young people have as they contemplate and navigate today’s... Read more
 

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction: Penguin Random House Australia has licensed French-language rights to All Day at the Movies (Fiona Kidman); and German-language rights to The Chocolate Tin... Read more
 

 

Bestsellers this week x

Three new releases have shaken up the top 10 bestseller charts this week, with J D Robb’s Dark in Death (Hachette) debuting in fourth spot,... Read more
 

 

ALA Youth Media Awards 2018: Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Stonewall

In the US, the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the winners of its Youth Media Awards, including the Newbery and Caldecott medals. Erin Entrada... Read more
 

Controversy over sexual harassment in US children’s publishing; accused writer responds

Jay Asher, author of the young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why, has responded to reports he was ‘expelled’ from the US Society of Children’s Book... Read more
 

Penguin US announces imprint for diverse kids books

In the US, Penguin Young Readers will launch a new imprint focusing on diverse books for children and young adults, reports Publishers Weekly. Called Kokila,... Read more
 

Adult sales up, kids sales down in US

In the US, estimates from the AAP’s StatShot program show that sales of adult trade books increased slightly (0.4%) in the first nine months of... Read more
 

Waterstones partners with UK podcast

In the UK, bookselling chain Waterstones has announced a year-long partnership with the podcast Mostly Lit to produce a series of in-store events and online... Read more
 

Scribd returns to unlimited access model

In the US, online reading service Scribd is returning to its original ‘unlimited’ access reading model, although some controls will remain in place to limit... Read more
 

New NLA Indigenous curator highlights library’s oral history collection

Newly appointed National Library of Australia (NLA) Indigenous curator Rebecca Bateman has highlighted the library’s ‘Bringing Them Home’ oral history collection, which holds more than... Read more
 

 

WA libraries launch film-streaming service Kanopy statewide

Western Australian public libraries have rolled out movie-streaming service Kanopy to all its members across the state, reports the West Australian. WA library members will... Read more
 

Trump’s budget proposal calls for elimination of library funding

In the US, the Trump administration has argued for the elimination of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities (NEA and NEH) and the... Read more
 

 

The reinvention of lit mags x

In recent years, Australian literary journals have expanded into public events, unpublished manuscript prizes and even traditional book publishing, and are increasingly being seen as... Read more
 

 

What next for school libraries? x

Jackie Tang explores the changing nature of school libraries in Australia. In September 2017, Australian children’s laureate Leigh Hobbs voiced his concern that Australian school... Read more
 

Lucy and Rebekah Mannering’s ‘Surviving Your Split’ x

‘Written in a friendly, conversational style and lightened with occasional bouts of humour, Surviving Your Split feels like a sage friend who is holding your... Read more
 

HEDS to distribute Hardie Grant x

Publisher: Hardie Grant Books Old distributor: United Book Distributors New distributor: Harper Entertainment Distribution Services Changeover date: 1 July Returns cut-off: UBD will stop issuing... Read more
 

State Library Victoria: 2018 Fellowships Program x

The State Library of Victoria fellowship program is open for applications and is seeking creative projects or ideas that could use the Library’s collection in... Read more

A&U to publish picture book by AFL player Alex Rance

Allen & Unwin is delighted to announce that they will be publishing AFL star Alex Rance’s first picture book Tiger’s Roar in June 2018. The... Read more

Lonely Planet annual stocktake

Lonely Planet will be conducting its annual stocktake on Friday 23 February. Orders placed by 12 noon on Thursday 22nd will be dispatched prior to... Read more

Pantera Press reprinting 'Graevale' by Lynette Noni

Pantera Press is currently reprinting Graevale by Australian YA author Lynette Noni. Graevale, the fourth book in the Medoran Chronicle series, sold 1333 copies through... Read more

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