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15 March 2018


Stella Prize 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2018 Stella Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree (Shokoofeh Azar, Wild Dingo Press)... Read more
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ABIA 2018 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2018 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced. The titles in each category are: General fiction book of the year... Read more


Leading Edge Books announces conference program

Leading Edge Books has released the program for its 2018 conference, to be held from 25-27 March at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart, Tasmania.... Read more
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‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ to be adapted for TV

Richard Flanagan’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Penguin) is to be adapted for television. TV rights to Flanagan’s 2013... Read more


Picador to publish new Zusak novel

Pan Macmillan Australia has announced it will publish a new novel by Australian author Markus Zusak in October—his first in 13 years. The new book,... Read more
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Schmidt longlisted for Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018

Australian author Sarah Schmidt has been longlisted for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her debut novel, See What I Have Done (Hachette). Schmidt’s... Read more


Text sells UK and US rights to Korean thriller

Text Publishing has sold North American and UK English-language rights to forthcoming Korean thriller The Plotters by Un-su Kim. Text acquired world English rights to... Read more

Dyer to step down from SWF, joins AWW as director x

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has announced that CEO Jo Dyer will step down from the role in June 2018, following the upcoming festival which... Read more


Pantera acquires the Author People

Pantera Press has acquired boutique publishing company the Author People from co-founder Lou Johnson. The purchase will see Pantera take on US rights to A... Read more

Australian publishers shortlisted for LBF International Excellence Awards

Australian publishers Quirky Kid and Typefi have been shortlisted for the London Book Fair (LBF) International Excellence Awards. Quirky Kid is nominated for both the... Read more


Auckland Writers Festival 2018 program released

The program for the 2018 Auckland Writers Festival has been announced. This year’s festival, which runs from 15 to 20 May, will be headlined by... Read more


Hazel Rowley Fellowship Award 2018 winners announced

Writers Victoria has announced that author Jacqueline Kent has been awarded the $15,000 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship for her proposed biography of political campaigner and... Read more


PRH acquires journalist’s investigation into death of boxer Davey Browne x

Penguin Random House has acquired ANZ rights to a nonfiction title by journalist Stephanie Convery that investigates the 2015 death of boxer Davey Browne. Browne... Read more

Noosa bookshop Written Dimension closes x

Queensland independent bookshop Written Dimension has closed, after 30 years of trading. The Noosa bookstore closed its doors on 21 February, with owner Keith Moore... Read more

Hardcopy announces digital-only access opportunity and First Nations scholarship

The ACT Writers Centre’s professional development program Hardcopy has announced two new access opportunities for this year’s event. A new sub-program called HC Digital will... Read more


Eight authors win 2018 Windham-Campbell prizes

Eight authors from around the world have received 2018 Windham-Campbell prizes. The recipients in each category are: Fiction Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Uganda/UK) John Keene (US)... Read more


Man Booker International Prize 2018 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize has been announced. The longlisted titles are: The 7th Function of Language (Laurent Binet, trans by... Read more

BIC criticises 'confusing' use of metadata fields for book promotion

In the UK, supply chain organisation Book Industry Communication (BIC) has urged publishers to stop using ‘hugely confusing’ blurb material in title and subtitle metadata... Read more

Hachette sales up in 2017 x

Hachette Book Group parent company Lagardère Publishing has released its full-year financial report, with the publisher’s earnings before interest and taxes rising one percent to... Read more

Shakespeare & Co. to open three new stores this year

Manhattan-based independent bookstore Shakespeare & Co. will be opening three new stores in the United States this year, reports Publishers Weekly. The first store will... Read more


Translated kids’ fiction prize releases shortlist

In the UK, children’s reading charity BookTrust has released the shortlist for its children’s books in translation project, In Other Words. The promotion, which was... Read more


Hay Festival announces #VOTE100BOOKS campaign

In the UK, the Hay Festival has announced a campaign to select 100 books by women from the last 100 years to be celebrated at... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction Text has sold North American and US rights to The Plotters (Un-su Kim, see news). Nonfiction Black Inc. has sold world audio rights... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

A new 64-page ‘Treehouse’ book published to raise funds for children’s literacy charities has debuted in the top 10 chart this week. Retailing for two... Read more

Gail Jones’ ‘The Death of Noah Glass’ x

‘The Death of Noah Glass combines an enjoyable escapade involving art theft, mafia conspiracy, romance and a suspicious death with a literary exploration of grief,... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘He brought an outsider’s view to Australia, while at the same time capturing the larrikin spirit and often destructive masculinity of Australian men.’ —Crime writer Michael Robotham remembers award-winning author Peter Temple, who has died, aged 71.



RiP Peter Temple x

Acclaimed crime author Peter Temple has died, aged 71. Temple was the first Australian writer to win the Gold Dagger, a major award from the... Read more


RiP Stephen Hawking x

English author, theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has died, aged 76. Hawking was the author of more than 15 books, including the bestselling A... Read more


ANU library staff rescue books from flood damage x

Australian National University (ANU) librarian Roxanne Missingham has led a team of library staff to save books damaged by a flash flood at the university’s... Read more

ACT school boosts NAPLAN results through fostering a ‘love of reading’

An Australian Capital Territory school has seen a significant improvement in the reading levels of its students according to the latest NAPLAN results, thanks to... Read more


British Library reports 6.2% gender pay gap

The British Library has revealed that women earn 6.2% less than men per hour at the organisation, reports the Bookseller. In January, the British Library... Read more


Claire Miller on ‘Between the Covers, Behind the Counter’ x

On 27 February, a group of publishers, booksellers and other children’s literature enthusiasts gathered in Fremantle at children’s bookstore Paper Bird Books & Arts for... Read more

Varuna to offer five creative writing fellowships for regional NSW writers

Varuna, the National Writers’ House has opened applications for a two-week residency for writers living in regional New South Wales and the greater Sydney area.... Read more

CBCA announces dates, theme for 13th National Conference

The Children’s Book Council of Australia’s (CBCA) 13th National Conference will be held in Canberra from 31 May to 2 June 2019. The theme ‘And... Read more

Shop fittings for sale

I have a full shop fit for sale. Can have for $1000, just needs to be removed at your expense. We need it to be removed by the 15th April at the latest. Our business is Collins Booksellers, Fountain Gate. Please call if you have any further enquiries. Annie on 04 020 878 46.


Two Text Publishing titles on the Man Booker International longlist

Text Publishing is delighted to have two novels among the twelve books longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize: Taiwanese writer Wu Ming-Yi’s majestic historical novel The Stolen Bicycle (9781925498554) and Polish author Olga Tokarczuk’s imaginative meditations on travel, Flights (9781925603149).

Reading copies are available to booksellers: sales@textpublishing.com.au.


NewSouth congratulates Jacqueline Kent on the 2018 Hazel Rowley Fellowship win

NewSouth would like to congratulate Jacqueline Kent for winning the 2018 Hazel Rowley Fellowship Award for her proposed biography of Vida Goldstein. In late 2018 we are excited to be publishing a new edition of Jacqui’s previous, prize-winning biography of editor Beatrice Davis, A Certain Style: Beatrice Davis, a literary life.


NewSouth congratulates publishers on the Stella Prize shortlist

Congratulations from NewSouth Books to the following publishers on their inclusion in the 2018 Stella Prize Longlist. For The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree (Wild Dingo Press), Tracker (Giramondo) and The Fish Girl (Seizure). To order please contact TL Distribution (P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au).




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