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7 March 2018

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week

Please note that, due to the public holiday on Monday (Labour Day in Victoria, Adelaide Cup Day in South Australia, Canberra Day in ACT and... Read more
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20,000 attend PFWW; Beer tops bestsellers x

Twenty thousand people attended the 2018 Perth Festival Writer’s Week (PFWW), which ran from 19 to 25 February. Attendance was down on last year’s event,... Read more


NewSouth withdraws ‘Deadly Woman Blues’ from publication x

NewSouth Publishing has withdrawn Clinton Walker’s recently released book Deadly Woman Blues from publication, after factual inaccuracies were brought to light by women who were... Read more
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Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature 2018 winners announced; Winton donates prize money to Ningaloo Reef protection

The winners of the 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature were announced at a ceremony on 3 March as part of Adelaide Writers’ Week. The... Read more


Inky Awards 2018 longlist announced

The longlists for the 2018 Inky Awards have been announced. The awards are presented by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of... Read more
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Pascoe honoured for Lifetime Achievement in Literature

Bunurong writer Bruce Pascoe has won the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. The Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature ‘acknowledges the... Read more


Schmidt wins inaugural MUD Literary Prize for debut fiction

Sarah Schmidt’s See What I Have Done (Hachette) has won the inaugural MUD Literary Prize, awarded to a debut novelist. As part of the prize,... Read more


HarperCollins launches unpublished manuscript prize

HarperCollins has launched The Banjo Prize, an annual unpublished manuscript prize for Australian commercial fiction. The winner of the prize will receive a publishing contract... Read more


HGE sells US rights to Sydney bookseller’s middle-grade debut

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) has sold US rights to Sydney bookseller Jeremy Lachlan’s middle-grade adventure novel Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds to... Read more


‘The Jade Lily’ sold into North America x

Australian author Kirsty Manning’s forthcoming historical-fiction novel, The Jade Lily (A&U), has sold in the US at auction to William Morrow in a two-book deal.... Read more

Readings Carlton store robbed

Readings’ flagship bookstore in Carlton has been robbed, with the burglars stealing a safe containing more than $10,000, reports the Age. Readings managing director Mark... Read more


New spec fic festival announces headliners Kaufman, Kristoff and Canavan

The creators of the Morning Bell literary podcast have announced a new festival focusing on speculative fiction and ‘the craft of writing’. The Speculate Literary... Read more


Kostakis nominated for Lammy award

YA author Will Kostakis has been announced as a finalist in the 30th annual Lambda Literary Awards—known as the ‘Lammys’—for his book The Sidekicks (Penguin).... Read more


Glover longlisted for Walter Scott Prize 2018

Australian writer Dennis Glover has been longlisted for the 2018 Walter Scott Prize for The Last Man in Europe (Black Inc.). Glover’s novel about the... Read more


Shortlist announced for NGV’s Cornish Family Prize x

The NGV has announced the shortlist for the Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing. The shortlisted titles are: Sirius (John Dunn, Ben Peake &... Read more


Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2018 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction The New Animals (Pip Adam,... Read more


‘Overland’ Neilma Sidney Prize winners announced

The winner and runners-up for Overland’s second Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize for travel-themed short fiction have been announced. Laura Elvery’s story ‘Unspooling’—about a woman... Read more

Munoz announced as inaugural digital writer in residence

Gabriella Munoz has been announced as Writers Victoria’s inaugural digital writer in residence. As part of her residency, Munoz will receive professional development including six... Read more


Pullman calls out publishers' 'damaging' corporate approach

Philip Pullman has called out ‘the ecology of the book world’, in which profit margins for publishers are rising, while the money authors are paid... Read more

B&N to open five ‘prototype' stores

Barnes & Noble has announced it will open five ‘prototype stores’ after disappointing third-quarter sales, reports Publishers Weekly. The ‘prototype stores’ will be 14,000 square... Read more


Strout wins 2018 Story Prize

Elizabeth Strout has won the 2018 Story Prize for Anything is Possible (Viking). Chosen from a shortlist of three that also included The King is... Read more


Atkins wins 2018 Romantic Novel of the Year

In the UK, author Dani Atkins has won the 2018 Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year award for her novel This Love (S&S). Facilitated by the... Read more


New fiction prize launched for Indian writers

British-Indian novelist Rana Dasgupta has announced the foundation of the JCB Prize for Literature—an award that aims to foster greater translation between Indian languages, and... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction Clare Forster at Curtis Brown Australia has sold North American rights to The Jade Lily and The Cheapside Jewels (both Kirsty Manning) to... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

James Patterson’s 17th Suspect (Century) and Jordan B Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life (Allen Lane) have climbed their way into fifth and seventh spots respectively in this... Read more

Robert Hillman’s ‘The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted’ x

‘This sensitive, enthralling story should appeal to a wide spectrum of readers and is destined to become a favourite’ … read Joanne Shiells’ full review... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘At best I think we can say that this was a wonderful opportunity missed. I am sure that there are capable people and authors out there who could do the job in the way it should have been in the first place, and who will take up the call to champion the lives of these women.’—Deborah Cheetham AO, on NewSouth Publishing’s decision to withdraw Deadly Woman Blues from publication.


New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now x

Books+Publishing’s most recent Junior newsletter contains nine reviews of books publishing in April 2018. Three books scored the maximum five-star rating: a science-based adventure story for... Read more

RiP Neil McDonald

Author and film historian Neil McDonald has died, aged 77. McDonald published several books, including 200 Shots (A&U), a pictorial account of Australians fighting on the... Read more


Final diary of Miles Franklin to be donated to SLNSW

The final diary of author Miles Franklin will be donated to the State Library of NSW, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The small, red pocket... Read more


TurnItIn to identify third-party authorship with machine learning

University anti-plagiarism software company TurnItIn will bring out a new product that uses machine learning to tackle the prevalence of students engaging a third party... Read more


NLA celebrates 50th anniversary with exhibition

The National Library of Australia (NLA) is holding an exhibition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the library building’s construction and to further explore the... Read more

Project Nepal to build new library to stop human trafficking x

Project Nepal, run by Canberra law student Christina Lee, is seeking funding to build a library in the Nepalese village of Batase in an attempt... Read more


ALIA announces 2018 grant for Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced it will award a grant to a current ALIA member to attend the Asia-Pacific Library and... Read more


Behind the marketing campaign: Kirstin Corcoran on ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ x

Heather Morris’ debut novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Echo) is a fictionalised account of Austrian-Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor Ludwig ‘Lale’ Sokolov’s experience of being a tattooist... Read more

Shop fitout for sale

Collins Booksellers Bacchus Marsh has a full shop fitout available for $20,000. High quality, and still in very good condition. Please contact via email for photos and further details. Available now! You won’t believe the value.



Text offers readers a money-back guarantee, and booksellers unlimited reading copies

Text is offering a love-it-or-your-money-back guarantee on Robert Hillman’s moving literary/commercial crossover The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted. Drawing comparisons with The Book Thief and Jasper Jones for its accessibility and emotional pull, the novel tells the story of Tom, a lonely Australian farmer, and Hannah, a passionate Hungarian bookseller, in rural Australia in 1968. To claim the money-back offer, customers need to send Text their proof of purchase and the form in the back of the book. Text is also offering booksellers unlimited reading copies so the whole team can handsell this gem of a book. To request reading copies, email sales@textpublishing.com.au.


Generation Women Sydney storytelling event

Generation Women Sydney’s second female storytelling event is on Wednesday March 7 at the Giant Dwarf Theatre, Redfern.

Join writer Fiona Wright, social commentator, Jane Caro, literary manager, Polly Rowe, entertainer, Lillian de los Reyes and actor, Chika Ikogwe as they hit it off with a bang in a night full of laughter, brevity and wit.

Tickets are available to purchase here.




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