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21 March 2018


NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2018 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2018 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Christina Stead Prize for Fiction ($40,000)... Read more
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SWF 2018 program announced

The program has been announced for this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF), which runs from 30 April to 6 May. Sixty international guests and 400... Read more

134,000 attend AWW 2018; Krasnostein tops bestsellers

Adelaide Writers’ Week (AWW) has reported 134,000 people attended the 2018 festival, which ran from 3 to 8 March. Attendance was up slightly compared to... Read more
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ALS Gold Medal 2018 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2018 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal has been announced. The longlisted titles are: The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc (Ali Alizadeh, Giramondo)... Read more


Black Inc. to end ‘Best Australian Essays, Stories and Poems’; announces new collection

Black Inc. has announced it will no longer publish its series of Best Australian Essays, Stories and Poems, but will publish a new annual short... Read more
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Australian book industry orgs release joint statement on ‘safe workplaces’ x

The Australian Publishers Association (APA), the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA), the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) have... Read more


HGE sells US rights to Henseleit debut

Hardie Grant Egmont has sold US rights to debut author Jack Henseleit’s middle grade fiction books The Witching Hours: The Vampire Knife and its sequel, The... Read more


Brow Books sells UK rights to ‘Apple and Knife’

Brow Books has sold UK and Commonwealth rights to Sydney-based Indonesian author Intan Paramaditha’s short-fiction collection Apple and Knife to Harvill Secker, an imprint of Penguin... Read more


Scholastic acquires Rogers’ ‘Girltopia’

Scholastic Australia has acquired a middle-grade fiction trilogy, ‘Girltopia’, written by former Hardie Grant Egmont publishing director Hilary Rogers. Book one in the trilogy, Girltopia,... Read more


PRH acquires 13-year-old slam poet Solli Raphael’s debut

Penguin Random House Australia’s Young Readers division has acquired 13-year-old slam poet Solli Raphael’s first book, a collection of slam poetry paired with inspirational writing... Read more


New bookstore Collaroy Books to open in northern Sydney x

A new bookstore, Collaroy Books, is set to open in the northern Sydney suburb of Collaroy at the start of May. The new store will... Read more


Perimeter Editions wins Cornish Family Book Prize

Melbourne publisher Perimeter Editions has won the Cornish Family Book Prize for Art and Design Publishing for To Note: Notation Across Disciplines (edited by Hannah... Read more


Wong wins Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2018

Hong Kong-based poet Nicholas Wong has won the Australian Book Review (ABR) Peter Porter Poetry Prize for his poem ‘101 Taipei’. Wong’s poem was chosen... Read more


Shortlist announced for inaugural Perimeter Small Book Prize

The shortlist for the inaugural Perimeter Small Book Prize has been announced. The shortlisted entrants are: Michael Garbutt Luke Van Aurich Saskia Pandji Sakti Jacob... Read more


‘The Garret’ podcast announces live series at SLV

The Garret podcast has announced it will deliver a series of live podcasts at the State Library of Victoria (SLV), as part of an expanded... Read more


London Book Fair moves to March in 2019-2020

London Book Fair (LBF) will move its event to March in 2019 and 2020. The 2019 fair will run from 12 to 14 March, less... Read more


Eddo-Lodge wins 2018 Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour

In the UK, Reni Eddo-Lodge has won the 2018 Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour for her novel Why... Read more


Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses winner announced

In the UK, Eley Williams’ short-story collection Attrib. and Other Stories (Influx Press) has won the Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses, reports the... Read more

Wellcome Book Prize 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Wellcome Book Prize, presented for books about health, medicine and illness, has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Stay with... Read more


Shortlists announced for 2018 Carnegie, Greenaway medals

In the UK, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) has announced the shortlists for the 2018 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals. The... Read more


Longlist announced for 2018 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

The longlist for the 2018 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature has been announced. Considered ‘the leading literary award for Caribbean writers’, the prize recognises... Read more

Pearson UK reports 21% mean gender pay gap

In the UK, Pearson has reported an overall median gender pay gap of 15% in 2017, and a mean gap of 21%, reports the Bookseller. Pearson’s median... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction Brow Books has sold UK and Commonwealth rights to Apple & Knife (Intan Paramaditha) to Harvill Secker. (See news.) Text has sold rights... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Last week’s highest new entry, Terry’s Dumb Dot Story (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan) has climbed to second spot in this week’s top 10... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘There are two unresolved questions in podcasting: discoverability and monetisation … how do you find and grow your audience? And how do you finance the creation of great content?’—Executive producer Astrid Edwards speaks about The Garret podcast in the first instalment of our ‘podcast spotlight’ series.



ALIA announces sponsorship and theme for Library and Information Week

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced that Australian online retailer Booktopia will sponsor this year’s Library and Information Week. ALIA has also... Read more


NZ library places second in international marketing award

New Zealand’s Invercargill City Library has placed second in the 2018 BibLibre International Marketing Award, run by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions... Read more

IFLA, IPA and STM release joint statement on supporting ‘quality information’

The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), the International Publishers Association (IPA) and the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) have issued... Read more


‘What the world needs now’: Meet BWF guest artistic director Carl Lindgren x

Carl Lindgren is a former media publisher, magazine editor and curator who has been involved with Brisbane’s creative communities for more than 20 years. In... Read more


Podcast spotlight: Astrid Edwards on The Garret

Established in 2016, The Garret is an Australian podcast ‘celebrating the best writers writing today’ across a variety of genres. Each episode features interviews with... Read more

Erin Gough’s ‘Amelia Westlake’ x

‘Gough has created a clever, engaging feminist romp for readers aged 12 and up that is utterly unputdownable’ … read Readings Kids manager Angela Crocombe’s... Read more

Editors NSW: Unreadability: what makes text unreadable x

The presentation and its title are inspired by Philip Bryan’s excellent presentation on unreadability at the September 2017 IPEd conference. Presenter Juliet Richters will outline... Read more

2018 Voss Literary Prize open for nominations

The Australian University Heads of English and the estate of Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss are pleased to call for nominations to the fifth annual Voss Literary Prize.

The prize, for the best novel published in Australia in 2017, carries a significant cash prize and will be presented at the AUHE AGM in November 2018.

A nomination form and details of entry can be found at vossliteraryprize.com. Entries must be received by COB, 30 April 2018.


New small publisher

Elephant Tree Publishing is a small and independent publisher based in Canberra, Australia.

We are seeking well-written fiction and nonfiction with best-seller potential and international appeal. We want to hear from talented Australian and New Zealand authors who have a passion for writing, and encourage Indigenous authors to submit their work.

We welcome the submission of manuscripts and book proposals in the following categories: contemporary fiction, young adult fiction, children’s fiction (with or without illustrations), nonfiction.

Manuscripts can be submitted in complete form or as a partial manuscript including a full proposal or book outline.

Please be sure to also include the following items in your submission: Author biography, how you can promote your book (do you have a website, Facebook, blog, business etc), short synopsis of your book (500 words max), sample chapter or whole manuscript (as word document attachment or PDF if contains a lot of illustrations or photos)

Submissions can be sent to: editorial@elephanttreepublishing.com.au

Or posted to: PO Box 333, Curtin ACT, 2605



Brio Books (formerly Xoum Publishing) distribution move update

As previously announced from 1 May 2018, Hardie Grant (HEDS) will take over sales and distribution for Brio Books in Australia and New Zealand.

Brio’s previous distributor NewSouth Books will authorise and accept returns received into the TL Distribution warehouse up until COB Friday 29 June 2018.

Authorisation requests should be sent to: orders@tldistribution.com.au

From 30 June 2018 onwards, any further returns will be authorised by Hardie Grant and should be sent to Harper Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS).

Please contact Rod Morrison on 0402 168 400 for further information.


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.


Currency Press distribution change

Currency Press would like to announce that from 16 June 2018, its titles and those of its agencies, Nick Hern Books and Oberon Books will be distributed by Regency Media Distribution. NewSouth Books/TLD will accept returns until 15 September 2018, no returns will be accepted after this date.

All returns need to be approved in advance and will only be accepted if they are in line with our standard returns policy: the value cannot exceed 10% of the past 12 months sales and all returned stock must have been purchased in the previous 12 months. Further information re ordering through Regency Media Distribution will be announced shortly. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank NewSouth Books for their work on our behalf over the past 16 years.

For more information contact Deborah Franco on franco@currency.com.au


Business for sale: Not Just Books (Burnie, Tasmania)

Iconic Tasmanian bookshop. Stockist of art supplies, board games/puzzles, T2 tea and licensed ABC Centre.

Very strong annual revenue with solid gross margin. Owners looking to retire. Simply a must-inspection for anyone seeking a lifestyle change.

Contact Nick Bond of Knight Frank on 0414 395 007.


Book donations wanted for residents affected by Tathra bushfire

Following the recent bushfire in Tathra, on the south coast of NSW, Bega bookshop Candelo Books would like to support the community by providing books to those who have lost theirs in the fire.

Candelo Books is offering its own advanced proofs to residents affected by the fire, and would like to invite local publishers to contribute book donations.

Publishers who wish to donate books should contact Marianna or Myoung at Candelo Books on candelobooks@gmail.com or (02) 6492 3386.


Queenscliffe Literary Festival keynote speakers announced

The Queenscliffe Literary Festival, running 5–27 May 2018, is celebrating its fourth year. The festival features acclaimed and emerging Australian authors in conversation, at writing workshops and special events, across all weekends in May 2018, in the towns of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale.

Keynote speakers include:
  • John Bell shares ‘My Life in Shakespeare’ (Saturday, 5 May)
  • Robert Dessaix speaks on his travels in ‘A Writer’s Walk Around the World’ (Sunday, 6 May).

View more information here.




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