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23 May 2018


Miles Franklin Literary Award 2018 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. The 11 longlisted titles are: A Long Way from Home (Peter Carey, Hamish... Read more
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‘Netflix for books’ launches in Australia

A new ebook and audiobook membership service has launched in Australia, after launching in the UK last November. Using a membership-based model, Bookchoice allows users... Read more

ABA booksellers of the year 2018 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2018 Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) booksellers of the year awards have been announced. The finalists for Bookseller of the Year are:... Read more
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Rose resigns from PRH

Penguin Random House senior literary editor Meredith Rose has resigned from the company, following the departure of PRH Literary publishing director Ben Ball earlier this... Read more


Viskic, Clark longlisted for UK Dagger awards

Emma Viskic has been longlisted in two categories in the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) 2018 Dagger awards for her novel Resurrection Bay (Echo). Viskic’s... Read more
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Forbes inducted into ABDA hall of fame

Book designer Alison Forbes has been announced as the 2018 inductee into the Australian Book Design Hall of Fame. Forbes was the first full-time independent... Read more


Transit Lounge sells rights to Rawson's ‘From the Wreck’ to Picador UK

Melbourne-based independent publisher Transit Lounge has sold world English-language rights (ex-ANZ) to Jane Rawson’s 2017 novel From the Wreck. Picador UK associate publisher Ravi Mirchandani acquired... Read more


‘Just Another Week in Suburbia’ optioned for TV

Melbourne-based writer Les Zig’s literary novel Just Another Week in Suburbia (Pantera) has been optioned for film by Australian production company Truce Films. Zig signed... Read more


MWF 2018 schools' program released x

The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has released its 2018 schools’ program, which will run from 27-30 August. Held at Melbourne’s Federation Square, the 2018 MWF... Read more


Cowley awarded Order of New Zealand

Children’s author Joy Cowley has been awarded the Order of New Zealand, which recognises outstanding service to the state and people of the country. Described... Read more


Porter wins inaugural Michael Gifkins Prize

Auckland-based writer Ruby Porter has won the inaugural Michael Gifkins Prize for an unpublished novel for her novel Attraction. Chosen from a shortlist of three,... Read more

Magarey Medal 2018 shortlist announced

The Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) and the Australian Historical Association (AHA) have announced the shortlist for the 2018 Magarey Medal for... Read more


‘Ruby’ romance award 2018 finalists announced

The finalists for the Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) Romantic Book of the Year Award, known as ‘the Ruby’, have been announced. The finalists in... Read more


MWF reveals Weinstein journalist Ronan Farrow as first guest

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has announced that investigative journalist Ronan Farrow—whose reporting on allegations against Harvey Weinstein was central to the momentum of the #MeToo... Read more

Authors create #SelfPubIsHere campaign to amplify self-publisher voices

A number of self-published Australian authors, including Dionne Lister, A B Patterson and Lisa Fleetwood have pledged their support for a campaign to have self-publishing... Read more


Inaugural digital participants announced for 2018 Hardcopy program x

The ACT Writers Centre has announced the inaugural participants of the new digital stream of its professional development program, Hardcopy, which will focus on fiction... Read more


Affirm’s Varuna Mentorship Award made more accessible for low-income earners

Affirm Press has announced changes to its mentorship program with Varuna the National Writers House, in order to make the award more accessible for low-income... Read more


Tokarczuk wins 2018 Man Booker International Prize

Polish author Olga Tokarczuk has won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for Flights (trans by Jennifer Croft, Text). Tokarczuk and Croft will each receive £25,000 (A$44,330),... Read more

Canadian publishing industry 'suffering real-time damage' due to Copyright Act

In Canada, representatives of the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) and the Writers’ Union of Canada have urged the Canadian government to ‘fix [the] marketplace’... Read more


Textbook authors sue Cengage over subscription service

In the US, two authors have filed a federal lawsuit against educational publisher Cengage, alleging that the company’s new subscription service will improperly cost them sales and... Read more

Waterstones backtracks on unbranded store plans for Edinburgh

British bookshop chain Waterstones has backtracked on plans to open one of its unbranded stores in a district of Edinburgh that is already home to an... Read more


Nebula Awards 2017 winners announced

In the US, the winners of the 2017 Nebula Awards, presented in 2018, have been announced. The Stone Sky (N K Jemisin, Orbit) was awarded... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction Fremantle Press has sold German rights to Marlborough Man (Alan Carter) to Suhrkamp via Natasha Solomun at the Rights Hive, Clive Newman at... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

This week’s overall bestsellers chart is dominated by a mix of Australian and international adult fiction. Debuting in the number 10 spot is James Patterson’s Private... Read more

Andrew Hansen & Jessica Roberts' 'Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies: The Weird Beard' x

‘Like many comedian-turned-writers before him, Hansen has a good understanding of pacing that will draw in middle-primary readers, especially with the aid of Roberts’ amusing... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The way we are all publishing more to shore up our revenue [is an issue] … it is making it harder to realise good sales results for each book and it means we have to stretch our other resources to take each book out to readers’—In ArtsHub‘s article about the state of literary fiction, UWA Publishing director Terri-ann White argues that an increasing number of new releases is partly causing a drop in the sales of literary titles.



RiP Tom Wolfe

American author Tom Wolfe has died, aged 88. Wolfe was the author of 17 works of fiction and nonfiction, including his bestselling debut The Bonfire... Read more


North Fitzroy Library wins gold at 2018 Melbourne Design Awards

The City of Yarra’s Bargoonga Nganjin North Fitzroy Library and Community Hub has won a gold prize at the 2018 Melbourne Design Awards. Announced on... Read more

Victorian councils reject reports of libraries censoring books to combat gender bias

Victorian councils have rejected media reports that libraries will remove children’s books from their collections based on research into the development of gender roles in... Read more


Swedish universities cancel contract with Elsevier

Swedish universities have decided not to renew a contract with Dutch journal publisher Elsevier, reports Times Higher Education. The Bibsam Consortium, which represents 85 higher... Read more


Oh! The Horror! The rise of horror in children’s fiction x

Danielle Binks explores youth literature’s reanimated interest in the horror genre. Stephen King once said, ‘We make up horrors to help us cope with the... Read more


Podcast spotlight: Audacious

First established in 2015, Audacious is the audio-journal of arts organisation Melbourne Spoken Word (MSW). Each ‘issue’ of the paid-for audio-journal is produced as a quarterly... Read more

Melbourne Prize for Literature entries open next week

To receive the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018 & Awards Entry Guidelines direct to your inbox, register your interest now at www.melbourneprize.org.

$100,000 plus prize pool including new award. Individual application or publisher nomination. All genres eligible. For Victorian residents and published authors only.


F A Davis change of distribution announcement

Eurospan has been appointed the exclusive distributor of F.A. Davis print books throughout Australasia and titles are now available to order. Any current returns requests should be made to the invoicing supplier. Please contact Emma White emma.white@eurospangroup.com for more information.


Publicist available for new campaigns

Laura Boon is now accepting publicity projects for the second half of 2018. Recent campaigns include Raising Boys in the 21st Century by Steve Biddulph (Finch). She works across all genres. Contact her on 0431 205 177 / laura@itsallwrite.com.au.


Simon & Schuster Australia partner with Rockpool Publishing in ANZ

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

Simon & Schuster will start full distribution for Rockpool Publishing frontlist and backlist from 1 September 2018.

Rockpool Publishing titles previously distributed by Herron will not be accepted by HarperCollins for return. Authorised returns relating to orders placed with Herron should be sent to Herron by 30 November 2018. All future orders to Harper Entertainment Distribution Services at orders@harpercollins.com.au


NewSouth Books congratulates publishers on the Miles Franklin longlist

Big congratulations from NewSouth Books to the following publishers and authors on their inclusion in the 2018 Miles Franklin longlist, to Gerald Murnane for Border Districts (Giramondo), Felicity Castagna for No More Boats (Giramondo) and Jane Rawson for From the Wreck (Transit Lounge). To order please contact TL Distribution (P: 02 8778 9999, E: orders@tldistribution.com.au).




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