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2 May 2018


NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of the 2018 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards were presented at a ceremony at the State Library of NSW on 30 April. Kim Scott’s... Read more
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ALS Gold Medal 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2018 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: A Long Way from Home (Peter Carey,... Read more


Australians report 'calm' and 'optimistic' LBF, feminism and big data key trends x

Australian publishers who attended the London Book Fair (LBF) reported a ‘relatively calm’ fair, with interest across a broad range of titles and plenty of... Read more
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Wilson awarded 2018 Lloyd O’Neil award; Covernton awarded Pixie O'Harris

Independent bookseller and Indigenous literacy advocate Suzy Wilson and Working Title Press publisher Jane Covernton will be inducted into the ABIA Hall of Fame at... Read more

NZ government to introduce ‘Amazon tax’ x

The New Zealand government has announced that foreign retailers will be required to pay GST on goods under the value of NZ$400 (A$370) sold online... Read more
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Kenwood wins 2018 Text Prize

Melbourne-based writer Nina Kenwood has won the 2018 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing for her YA manuscript ‘It Sounded Better in My Head’.... Read more


Australians shortlisted for Locus Awards

Several Australians have been named as finalists for the Locus Awards for science-fiction and fantasy writing. Garth Nix is a finalist in the young adult... Read more

Norma K Hemming Award 2018 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2018 Norma K Hemming Award have been announced. The award is presented by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation for a work... Read more


Shortlist announced for inaugural Michael Gifkins Prize

The shortlist for the inaugural Michael Gifkins Prize for an unpublished novel has been announced. The shortlisted works, and their authors, are: ‘When Curlews Call’... Read more


Hachette acquires world rights to Richell Prize shortlisted debut x

Hachette Australia has acquired world rights to 2017 Richell Prize finalist Triptych by debut novelist Julie Keys. Triptych traces two timelines from the perspectives of... Read more


Tusk Books gains representation by The Rights Hive x

Animal rights publisher Tusk Books has gained international rights representation through rights agency The Rights Hive. Director of The Rights Hive Natasha Solomun said that... Read more


Edwards named patron of Society of Women Writers Victoria

Author Hazel Edwards has been named as the next patron of the Society of Women Writers Victoria (SWWVic). Edwards was announced as patron at the... Read more


Affirm reprints ‘The Silver Sea’; projects $40,000 in profits for Royal Children’s Hospital x

Affirm Press has ordered a reprint of ‘profit-for-purpose’ picture book The Silver Sea (Alison Lester, Jane Godwin & the children at the Royal Children’s Hospital... Read more


Melbourne City of Lit announces ‘Parliament’ event for 10th anniversary

The Melbourne City of Literature, as part of its 10th anniversary, has announced it will partner with the Wheeler Centre to present a two-day event... Read more

Waterstones sold to hedge fund Elliott Advisors

British bookstore chain Waterstones has been sold to hedge fund Elliott Advisors for an undisclosed amount, reports the Bookseller. Following exclusive talks that began in... Read more


O’Connell wins 2018 Wellcome Book Prize

Irish author Mark O’Connell has won the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize for his debut To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers and the... Read more


US author Courtney Zoffness wins £30,000 ‘Sunday Times’ Short Story Award

In the UK, American writer Courtney Zoffness has won the £30,000 (A$54,540) Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for ‘Peanuts Aren’t Nuts’. Zoffness, only the... Read more


Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2018 winners announced

In the US, the Mystery Writers of America has announced the winners of the 2018 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, which honour ‘the best in mystery... Read more

Amazon US launches children’s subscription book box

In the US, Amazon has launched a children’s book box program for members of its subscription service Amazon Prime, reports Publishers Weekly. The online retailer’s... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction Allen & Unwin has sold Dutch rights to The Sisters’ Song (Louise Allan); and Macedonian rights to The Mummy Bloggers (Holly Wainwright). Nonfiction ... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Last week’s highest new entry—and the fifth book in James Patterson’s latest thriller series—NYPD Red 5 (Century) climbs to fifth spot in this week’s bestsellers chart,... Read more

Hannah Richell's 'The Peacock Summer' x

‘Richell’s treatment of art and nature brings the story to life in both the past and present day—the detailed way Richell presents scenery and describes... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Get out there and talk to writers. Not only are they the future of our industry, but they’re also the most interesting, intelligent and downright talented people out there—and they know how to throw a party.’—Penguin Random House commissioning editor Lex Hirst shares insights from her career in our interview series with the five inaugural ABIA Rising Star nominees.


Canberra library could be relocated in plan to develop arts precinct

Canberra’s Civic Library could be relocated amid plans for a redevelopment of the local arts and cultural precinct Civic Square, reports the Canberra Times. The... Read more

Tamworth libraries secure $200,000 in funding

Tamworth’s regional libraries will receive a technology upgrade, after the library service secured $200,000 in NSW state government funding, reports the Northern Daily Leader. The... Read more

UK library associations join forces to make school libraries required by law

In the UK, library associations are joining together for a campaign to make school libraries a statutory requirement and ensure they are inspected by the... Read more


Literary Wall Street: Jane Curry on the 2018 London Book Fair

Ventura Press founder and director Jane Curry attended this year’s London Book Fair, and came away with several lessons for first-time and returning Australian attendees.... Read more


Podcast spotlight: The Booktopia Podcast

Established in 2015, The Booktopia Podcast publishes weekly episodes involving author interviews, book reviews, recommendations and bookish banter, with a focus on Australian-authored books. Hosted... Read more

37ºSouth’s Books at MIFF (BaM): Call for submissions

Australian and NZ publishers and literary agents who hold film rights to local books with cinematic potential to be the next big book-to-screen adaptation are... Read more

CBCA NSW Branch Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program

The CBCA NSW Branch Inc 2018 Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program is currently receiving manuscripts! This program aims to foster the talent of aspiring writers of... Read more

Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018: Entries open late May

Register your interest now in the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018 and Awards at www.melbourneprize.org to receive the 2018 Entry Guidelines.

$100,000 plus prize pool including new award.

Individual application or publisher nomination.

All genres eligible.

Victorian residents only.

For published authors.


NewSouth Books congratulates Roanna Gonsalves on the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

We’re delighted to congratulate Roanna Gonsalves and UWA Publishing on winning the Multicultural NSW Award for The Permanent Resident (9781742589022) at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

The Permanent Resident unearths the aspirations, ambivalence and guilt laced through the lives of 21st century immigrants. To order please contact TL Distribution (P: +61(2) 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au).


Simon & Schuster to distribute Hunter Publishers

Simon & Schuster Australia is pleased to announce a new sales and distribution partnership with Australian independent publisher, Hunter Publishers in Australia and New Zealand from 1 June 2018.

Simon & Schuster will start full distribution for Hunter Publishers backlist from 1 June 2018 and frontlist from 1 July 2018.

Hunter Publishers titles previously distributed by UBD will not be accepted by HarperCollins for return. Authorised returns relating to orders placed with UBD should be sent to UBD by 30 May 2018. All orders to Harper Entertainment Distribution Services at orders@harpercollins.com.au.




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