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5 April 2018


Aurealis Awards 2017 winners announced

The winners of the 2017 Aurealis Awards for the best Australian science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing published in 2017 have been announced. The winning titles... Read more


Australians nominated for 2018 Hugo Awards

Several Australian writers and artists are among the finalists for this year’s Hugo Awards for science-fiction. Australian author Foz Meadows has been named a finalist... Read more


Australian #TimesUp initiative NOW to combat workplace sexual harassment

Journalist Tracey Spicer and a group of prominent media figures have partnered to launch the NOW initiative to tackle sexual harassment in Australia in the... Read more
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Kostakis wins IBBY Ena Noël award

Will Kostakis’ YA novel The Sidekicks (Penguin) has won the 2018 Ena Noël Award, a biennial prize administered by the Australian branch of the International... Read more


Royalle wins 2018 Red Room Poetry fellowship

Poet and performer Candy Royalle has won the 2018 Red Room Poetry fellowship. Royalle was chosen from a shortlist of 11 poets. The prize is... Read more

Ditmar Awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Ditmar Awards for Australian science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing were announced at the 43rd Swancon Convention in Perth on 1 April.... Read more
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Affirm partners with Tablo on crime writing project

Small publisher Affirm Press has partnered with Australian online publishing platform Tablo to review a selection of crime writing published on the Tablo platform. Affirm... Read more


Melbourne bookshop launches event series to showcase ‘fresh new voices’ x

Melbourne bookshop Brunswick Bound is launching a monthly event series featuring authors published by small presses and self-published authors. Called First Chapters, the monthly event... Read more


Instagram launches in-platform shopping function for retailers

Australian retailers on the social media platform Instagram now have the ability to link products in their posts through to online stores for purchase. The... Read more
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NZ publisher OneTree House wins Bologna Prize for children’s publishing

New Zealand publisher OneTree House has won the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year in the Oceania category. OneTree House was chosen... Read more


Fremantle Press announces inaugural Minderoo Editorship winner

Fremantle Press has announced that its inaugural Minderoo Editorship has been won by Armelle Davies. The three-year program is designed to ‘foster new Western Australian... Read more


Croggon to publish new middle-grade fiction with Walker

Alison Croggon, author of the ‘Pellinor’ series for young adults, will publish her first middle-grade fantasy adventure title, The Threads of Magic, with Walker Books. Walker Books... Read more


Fremantle Press to publish 'Meet Me at the Intersection' anthology x

Fremantle Press will publish an inaugural anthology of ‘Own Voice’ stories from emerging and established writers who identify as one or more of First Nations,... Read more


Shortlist for the 2017 Nakata Brophy Prize announced

Overland journal has announced the shortlist for the fifth Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers. The shortlisted writers and their works... Read more


Harry Potter series tops Dymocks 101 reader poll 2018

The Harry Potter series (J K Rowling, Bloomsbury) has topped the annual Dymocks Top 101 books of all time list, dethroning All the Light We... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘To me, a town, village or city is empty without the power of a bookshop … That is why we have to fight for bookshops.... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

The children’s illustrated board book Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt from the ‘Peppa Pig’ series is one of three children’s titles in this week’s top 10 bestseller... Read more

New ‘Books+Publishing’ reviews out now x

Books+Publishing’s latest Reviews newsletter contains 16 reviews of books publishing in May and June. Historian Peter Cochrane’s novel The Making of Martin Sparrow (Viking, May)... Read more

RiP Noela Young

Australian illustrator Noela Young has died, aged 88. Young began illustrating books in the 1950s, for writers including Hesba Brinsmead, Christobel Mattingley, Ruth Park, Patricia... Read more


RiP Anita Shreve

American author Anita Shreve has died, aged 71. Shreve was the author of more than 18 books, including The Pilot’s Wife, which sold more than... Read more

UK bookstores form Independent Bookshops Alliance

A group of around 130 independent booksellers in the UK have formed the Independent Bookshops Alliance to give independent bookstores a louder voice in the... Read more


Quarto’s profits decline by 58% despite children’s sales growth

Global illustrated book publisher the Quarto Group has reported its operating profits declined by 58% to US$7.2 million (A$9.4 million) last year, while its sales... Read more


Silber wins 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

In the US, Joan Silber has won the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her novel Improvement (Counterpoint), reports the Washington Post. Silber’s novel was selected... Read more


Bernard wins 2018 Ted Hughes Award

In the UK, London-born poet Jay Bernard has won the 2018 Ted Hughes Award for their multimedia performance Surge: Side A, reports the Bookseller. Surge: Side A... Read more


Revenue flat at PRH in 2017

Penguin Random House (PRH) parent company Bertelsmann has reported revenue at the publisher in 2017 was stable, down a marginal 0.1% to €3.36 billion (A$4.39... Read more


ALIA releases report on library support for Sustainable Development Goals

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has launched a report investigating how Australian libraries contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The... Read more

British Library houses oral history of Women in Publishing

In the UK, the British Library will host a new oral history project comprising interviews with 30 high-profile former members of Women in Publishing (WiP),... Read more

Digital Library of the Middle East platform to be built

In the US, the Digital Library Federation (DLF) program will construct the Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME) platform to record the cultural heritage... Read more

Hawaii government to rent out library land

In the US, the Hawaii state government has put forth a bill to lease library land and facilities to private companies as a way of... Read more


When girls don’t read: Reaching reluctant girl readers x

Lorien Kaye asks how the book industry can connect reluctant girl readers with books. Mention kids who don’t like reading and most people immediately think... Read more


Podcast spotlight: Kill Your Darlings podcast

Established in 2013 and redeveloped into an hour-long format in 2014, the Kill Your Darlings podcast features ‘interviews, readings and discussions about books, culture and... Read more

Robbie Arnott’s ‘Flames’ x

‘Flames is an engrossing read told from multiple perspectives. Each new chapter is narrated by a different character and Arnott skilfully switches between different voices... 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... Read more

New small publisher

Elephant Tree Publishing is a small and independent publisher based in Canberra, Australia. We are seeking well-written fiction and non-fiction with best-seller potential and international... Read more

Hay House launches new imprint: Hay House Business

Hay House is excited to announce the launch of a new imprint, Hay House Business. For the past 31 years, we have helped our authors... Read more

Change of distribution for Rodale Titles x

Please note that Pan Macmillan Australia will cease sales and distribution for all Rodale titles on May 1, 2018 with Penguin Random House to assume... Read more

HarperCollins Children’s Books congratulates Emily Rodda

Our congratulations to Emily Rodda on her shortlisting in the Younger Readers category of the 2018 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, for The Shop... Read more

Availability of Allen & Unwin CBCA shortlisted titles

Congratulations to the Allen & Unwin authors and illustrators whose books have been shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year... Read more

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