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9 May 2018

OzCo funding steady in 2018-19 budget; ABC funding slashed x

The Australia Council will not be subjected to any major budget measures in the 2018-19 federal budget beyond confirmation of the $5.4 million reallocation to... Read more
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Federal government extends $20,000 tax write-off for small business

The federal government will extend its $20,000 ‘instant’ tax deduction threshold for small businesses for another year, reports SmartCompany. The scheme allows small businesses with... Read more


Writers, literary orgs among latest OzCo grant recipients

Thirty-four writers and literary organisations have been awarded a total of $780,337 in the Australia Council’s first grant round for 2018. Nineteen writers and groups received... Read more
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HarperCollins and Thames & Hudson win at 2018 ABIAs, ‘Nevermoor’ named Book of the Year

The winners of the 2018 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced in Sydney on 3 May. HarperCollins won Publisher of the Year, while Thames... Read more


The Wheeler Centre launches $150,000 mentorship and funding scheme for diverse writers

The Wheeler Centre has announced it will launch a new $150,000 initiative for developing writers called The Next Chapter. Established by the Wheeler Centre in... Read more
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Maguire awarded $100,000 Charles Perkins Centre fellowship

Author Emily Maguire has been awarded the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre Writer in Residence fellowship. Maguire will receive $100,000 and will spend a... Read more


Mehan and Hollier receive $15,000 publisher fellowships

The Copyright Agency has announced the two recipients of its $15,000 publisher fellowships: Spineless Wonders publisher Bronwyn Mehan and Monash University Publishing director Nathan Hollier.... Read more

Diaz withdraws from Australian tour after sexual harassment allegations

Author Junot Diaz has withdrawn from his scheduled appearances at the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) and the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, after being accused of... Read more

Amazon’s Sydney warehouse to open mid-late 2018

Amazon will open a Sydney-based warehouse in the second half of 2018, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The US retailer announced on Thursday that it... Read more


‘The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree’ sells in US and UK x

Wild Dingo Press has sold North American and UK rights to Shokoofeh Azar’s Stella Prize-shortlisted The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree. US and UK rights... Read more


‘Amelia Westlake’ sells into US

Erin Gough’s new queer feminist YA novel, Amelia Westlake (Hardie Grant Egmont), has sold into the US to Little, Brown imprint Poppy. Gough’s second novel,... Read more


OzCo to send Australian delegation to Shanghai

The Australia Council has announced it will support up to five Australian publishing delegates to attend the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) in... Read more


Australian Romance Readers Awards 2017 winners announced

The winners of the 2017 Australian Romance Readers Awards, presented by the Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA), have been announced, with Anne Gracie named Favourite... Read more

Mary Gilmore Award 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2018 Mary Gilmore Award, presented by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) for best first book of poetry... Read more


Dark Mofo announces full program for ‘literature, film and ideas’ event

Tasmania’s midwinter festival Dark Mofo has announced the program for the Dark and Dangerous Thoughts (DDT) two-day symposium, a showcase of ‘literature, film and ideas’... Read more


Brio announces new unpublished manuscript prize for mystery writing

Brio Books has announced a new unpublished manuscript prize, the Carter Brown Mystery Writing Award. Established in conjunction with the Carter Brown Foundation and US-based... Read more


UWAP expands Dorothy Hewett award

University of Western Australia Publishing (UWA Publishing) has announced it will expand the eligibility of the next Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript to... Read more

Four writers named 2018 ‘SMH’ Best Young Australian Novelists

Jennifer Down, Marija Peričić, Shaun Prescott and Pip Smith have been named the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Best Young Australian Novelists for 2018. This is... Read more


Sweatshop announces three print anthologies for mid-2019 x

Western Sydney literacy collective Sweatshop will expand its publishing program, with three new print titles being developed for release in mid-2019. The three books in... Read more


Australian comics artist Whyte nominated for Eisner Award

Perth-based comics artist Campbell Whyte has been nominated for the 2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for his book Home Time: Under the River (Top... Read more


Readings renovates flagship Carlton shop

Melbourne independent bookseller Readings will refurbish its flagship Carlton shop, after 20 years in its current location. The Lygon Street shop will be closed for... Read more

2018 Nobel Prize in Literature cancelled due to sexual assault scandal

The Swedish Academy will not award the Nobel Prize in Literature this year, and will instead choose two laureates in 2019, reports the Guardian. The... Read more


Parry wins Folio Prize for 'Ghosts of the Tsunami'

In the UK, Richard Lloyd Parry has won the  £20,000 (A$34,610) Rathbones Folio Prize, relaunched last year, for Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s... Read more


National Book Awards open to non-US citizens

In the US, the National Book Foundation (NBF)—which administers the National Book Awards—has introduced a new process whereby authors who are not US citizens are... Read more


PEN Afrikaans Translation Fund extends funding consideration to twice a year

In South Africa, the PEN Afrikaans Translation Fund will expand consideration for translation grants to twice in a calendar year, reports Publishing Perspectives. Established in June... Read more

Repeal book event at Dublin International Literature Festival cancelled by local council

An event at Dublin’s International Literature Festival that planned to discuss an anthology of writing about the movement for reproductive rights in Ireland was cancelled... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction Text has sold Chinese rights to The Broken Shore (Peter Temple) to China South Booky; and world audio rights to The Cage (Lloyd... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Debuting in the number two spot in the overall top 10 bestsellers chart—and also this week’s highest new entry—is The Fallen by David Baldacci (Macmillan), book... Read more

A J Betts’ ‘Hive’ x

‘Hive sees Zac and Mia author A J Betts move away from the realistic YA she’s known for. Betts has created a unique closed world... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘One of the things we have to be careful about is that we don’t become this closed shop that feels intimidating or hard to break into. We need to constantly find ways to make sure the literary world is as porous as it can be.’—Director Michael Williams explains the thinking behind the Wheeler Centre’s new $150,000 mentorship and funding scheme for diverse writers, The Next Chapter.



Budget delivers NLA funds for Captain Cook commemoration; cuts to staffing levels

The National Library of Australia (NLA) will share in a $48.7 million investment released in the 2018-19 federal budget to deliver events and programs to... Read more

IFLA survey now open on rare materials cataloguing with RDA

A new survey developed by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) will collect data on the implementation of Resource Description and Access... Read more


US National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners announced

In the US, five libraries have been announced as recipients of the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, alongside five museum services. Presented... Read more


Outside the lines: Meet Scribblers festival director Katherine Dorrington x

After 12 years at Perth Writers Festival (PWF), Katherine Dorrington has stepped straight back into programming as the director of Scribblers Festival, a new festival... Read more


Balm for our souls: Suzy Wilson on a life with books x

Independent bookseller and Indigenous literacy advocate Suzy Wilson was awarded the Lloyd O’Neil Award for outstanding service to the Australian book industry at this year’s... Read more


Podcast spotlight: One More Page

Launched in February, One More Page is a fortnightly podcast for lovers of children’s books, hosted by Kate Simpson, Liz Ledden and Nat Amoore. With... Read more

Affirm Press Mentorship Award applications now open

Now in its fourth year, Affirm Press Mentorship Award offers up to three writers, who are developing exceptional new work, an the opportunity to work... Read more

Oz and NZ libraries partner for 18th National Simultaneous Storytime event

Wednesday 23 May marks the 18th National Simultaneous Storytime event, an annual advocacy campaign hosted by the Australian Library and Information Association.

Each year, one picture book is selected for a simultaneous read-aloud event across Australia. This year’s book will be Hickory Dickory Dash (Scholastic) written by Tony Wood and illustrated by Laura Wood.

This year for the first time, children in New Zealand will join in and two nations will read together simultaneously. Tony Wood will return to Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne to read from his book.

Scholastic and ALIA are aiming to have one million children participating across Australia and New Zealand.

To find out more, contact Scholastic or click here.




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