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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
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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
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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


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


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

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


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

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. Every last one is precious to us, our quality of our life, our literature, our public spaces and communities.’—John Bird, founder of the Big Issue, speaking at the launch of the UK Independent Bookshops Alliance, which aims to give indie bookstores a louder voice in the British industry.

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


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 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 non-fiction 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), non-fiction.

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


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 empower people to make cutting-edge changes in their personal lives. Now we have decided to help innovative business leaders share their secrets for success and positive change too.

‘For many years I have been secretly dreaming about launching a business imprint here at Hay House due to my love of business and knowing what powerful changes successful businesses can bring about in the world,’ says Hay House CEO, Reid Tracy.

While this is Hay House’s first dedicated business imprint, the company has published a number of authors who are highly successful in business, including Brendon Burchard, Ben Stein, James Altucher, and Carrie Green.

As it has done in other key content areas, Hay House will develop business content to release as online courses, radio shows, podcasts, live events, apps, and more.

About Hay House

Hay House is the international leader in self-help and motivational publishing, featuring books, audios, and online courses by more than 300 authors. Please visit us at www.hayhouse.com.au


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 these responsibilities at that time.

Please ensure that all Rodale titles eligible for return which were sold by Pan Macmillan and invoiced by Alliance Distribution Services are returned to Alliance Distribution Services by July 31, 2018.

Returns queries for any titles invoiced prior to May 1 should be addressed to ADS Customer Service (adsc@alliancedist.com.au or 02 4390 1300) and any queries for titles invoiced after May 1, 2018 should be addressed to United Book Distributors (orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au or 1800 33 88 36).


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 at Hoopers Bend (9781460753668, $16.99, A&R).

Stock is currently frozen while we ensure we have sufficient stock to supply all customers. Orders will be filled in April.

For orders: 1300-551-721; orders@harpercollins.com.au


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 and Crichton Awards.

Our shortlisted titles are currently closed for invoicing while we ensure that we have adequate stock levels to supply ALL customers. All of our shortlisted titles are being reprinted. We expect to begin supplying stock as follows:

How To Bee, Bren MacDibble (9781760294335, $16.99 PB)
The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hooble, Lisa Shanahan (9781760293017, $14.99 PB)

**All orders to be supplied from 14 April**

Henrietta and the Perfect Night, Martine Murray (9781760290245, $16.99 HB)
Swan Lake, Anne Spudvilas (9781743318454, $29.99 HB)
I Just Ate My Friend, Heidi McKinnon (9781760294342 $24.99 HB)
The Sloth Who Came to Stay, Margaret Wild, illustrated by Vivienne To (9781760290221, $24.99 HB)

**All orders to be supplied from 1 May**

Do Not Lick This Book, Idan Ben-Barak, illustrated by Julian Frost (9781760293055, $19.99 HB)

**All orders to be supplied from 1 June**

Orders and enquiries to UBD: 1800 33 88 36 or orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au


Walker Books Australia congratulates our CBCA contenders

Walker Books Australia congratulates our dedicated authors and illustrators for being recognized at the CBCA shortlist announcement last Tuesday. Carole Wilkinson and Liz Anelli were shortlisted for Best Picture Book for Ten Pound Pom, while nods for the Eve Pownall award for Information books went to Claire Saxby and Julie Vivas for Koala, and Amazing Australians in their Flying Machines by Prue and Kerry Mason, illustrated by Tom Jellett.

Linsay Knight, Head of Publishing at Walker Books Australia, says, “Storytelling is key to everything we do at both Walker Books and Black Dog Books, that’s why we are so delighted these amazing titles have been recognized. Congratulations to all involved!”




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