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30 May 2018


BWF releases 2018 schools program

The Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) has released its 2018 Word Play program, designed for students from prep to year 12. The Word Play program will... Read more
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Australian Book Design Awards 2018 winners announced

The Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) announced the winners of the 2018 Australian Book Design Awards at an event in Melbourne on 25 May. The... Read more


Territory Read Book of the Year 2018 shortlist announced

The Northern Territory Writers’ Centre has announced the shortlist for the Territory Read Book of the Year awards. The shortlisted titles are: There’s a Crocodile... Read more
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Readings YA Prize 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2018 Readings Young Adult Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Small Spaces (Sarah Epstein, Walker Books) Amelia Westlake (Erin... Read more


Melbourne Prize announces new $7500 award for early-career published authors

The Melbourne Prize Trust has announced a new award for early-career authors, worth $7500. The Readings Residency Award is open to early-career published authors who... Read more
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Schultz takes on publisher role at ‘Griffith Review’; Hay becomes editor

Griffith Review has announced that editor Julianne Schultz will take on the role of publisher at the quarterly publication, alongside a position as Professor of... Read more


Alice appointed director of Writers SA

Writers SA has announced editor and festival programmer Jessica Alice as the organisation’s new director. Alice, who commences the position on 2 July, takes over... Read more


A&U acquires Bowditch memoir x

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired ANZ rights to a memoir by musician, actor and broadcaster Clare Bowditch, and will publish the title in October... Read more


Transit Lounge acquires Pajalic family memoir on mental illness

Transit Lounge has acquired Amra Pajalic’s memoir, Things Nobody Knows But Me. Transit Lounge publisher Barry Scott told Books+Publishing the ‘beautifully written’ memoir was ‘a tender, funny... Read more


Self-published debut novel sold to UK small press Splice

Brisbane author Nicholas John Turner’s debut self-published novel Hang Him When He Is Not There has sold into the UK and Ireland to Birmingham-based small... Read more


UQP acquires Sakr poetry collection x

University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired Western Sydney poet Omar Sakr’s forthcoming poetry collection, The Lost Arabs. World rights were acquired by UQP publishing... Read more

Three local writers shortlisted for Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2018

Two Australians and one New Zealand writer are among the 24 shortlisted finalists for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Poet Chris Mansell was shortlisted... Read more


Woollahra Digital Literary Awards 2018 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2018 Woollahra Digital Literary Awards, for writing first published online or electronically, have been announced. Nonfiction Seeing Through Perspective: A Blind... Read more


Peter Carey Short Story Award 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2018 Peter Carey Short Story Award has been announced. The six shortlisted stories are: ‘Clearing’ (Alice Bishop) ‘Fighting Season’ (Alison Martin)... Read more


Finalists for Walkley-Pascall, arts journalism awards announced

The Walkley Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2018 Walkley-Pascall Award for arts criticism and for the Arts Journalism Award. The finalists for the... Read more


Fine shortlisted for Orwell Prize 2018

University of Melbourne academic and author Cordelia Fine has been shortlisted for the 2018 Orwell Prize for Books, for her book Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths... Read more


Ngaio Marsh Award 2018 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2018 Ngaio Marsh award for New Zealand crime fiction has been announced. The longlisted works are: Marlborough Man (Alan Carter, Fremantle Press)... Read more


‘300 Minutes of Danger’ adapted for VR project

A virtual reality (VR) project based on Jack Heath’s book of short stories 300 Minutes of Danger (Scholastic) is one of four online projects to... Read more


ASA launches podcast on ‘entrepreneurial’ creatives

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has launched a new podcast series focusing on ‘the numerous ways wordsmiths can adapt their talents beyond the confines... Read more


New children’s press Yellow Brick Books releases first title

A new small publisher focused on children’s books has recently released its first title, amid plans to release two more books in 2018. In May... Read more


New small publisher Elephant Tree Publishing launches first title

A new Canberra-based small publisher of fiction, nonfiction and young adult fiction has recently released its first title. Mother-and-daughter team Jennifer Brown-Leslie and Kathryn Spurling... Read more


Golden Man Booker shortlist announced

The Booker Prize Foundation has announced the shortlist of its Golden Man Booker Prize, a special one-off award to mark the 50th anniversary of the... Read more


UK Booksellers Association to tackle diversity with £50k worth of grants

In the UK, the Booksellers Association (BA) has announced several measures to improve diversity in bookselling, including providing £50,000 (A$66,910) worth of grants to bookshops,... Read more


Bloomsbury reports best financial performance since founding in 1980s

Bloomsbury Publishing has reported a 13% surge in total revenues to £161.5 million (A$284.9m) in 2017, its best performance since it was founded in 1986, reports... Read more


Audible partners with Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine

In the US, Audible has announced a partnership with Hello Sunshine, the cross-platform media brand founded by Reese Witherspoon that is dedicated to producing female-driven... Read more

UK banker offers novelists £24k salary as part of publishing start-up

A new publishing start-up has launched in the UK, claiming to offer aspiring novelists a salary from £2000 (A$3540) per month to write, as an... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction Martin Shaw at Alex Adsett Publishing Services has sold UK and Irish rights to Hang Him When He Is Not There (Nicholas John... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

This week’s overall bestsellers charts includes several Australian and international crime fiction titles: book 14 in the ‘Private’ series, Private Princess (James Patterson, Century) is in... Read more

Sally Morgan and Ambelin Kwaymullina's 'Benny Bungarra’s Big Bush Clean-up' x

‘Mother-and-daughter duo Sally Morgan and Ambelin Kwaymullina have teamed up again to create another positive and vibrant picture book, this time in service of their... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The need to embrace “digital” has distracted publishers from what writers and readers really want. Readers don’t care about interactive books and experimental webpages, or even about ebooks. They just care about reading a great story from the writer they love.’—Tablo CEO Ash Davies shares his insights into the latest trends emerging in the book industry.



RiP Philip Roth

US author Philip Roth has died, aged 85. Roth was the celebrated author of more than 30 books, from his National Book Award-winning debut, Goodbye, Columbus,... Read more

Murphy awarded F A Sharr Award

Curtin University librarian Claire Murphy is the recipient of this year’s F A Sharr Award for exhibiting ‘the most potential to make a significant contribution... Read more


Lewis named ALIA fellow

The Australia Library and Information Association (ALIA) has presented an ALIA fellowship to Suzanne Lewis for her work in the field of health librarianship, as... Read more

Numbers of US public school librarians down 20% since 2000

US public schools have lost 19% of full-time equivalent school librarians in the period between 1999-2000 and 2015-16, reports Forbes. The figure comes from researcher... Read more

Up for promotion: Digital marketing strategies x

Danielle Binks investigates how publishers and authors are using digital marketing and promotional strategies to reach new readers. Word-of-mouth, it has been said, sells books.... Read more


Podcast spotlight: The Rereaders

Established in 2011, The Rereaders is a fortnightly literary and cultural podcast that has been described as Melbourne’s answer to the Slate Culture Gabfest. Each... Read more


Prime location: thriving in sobering times at Avenue Elsternwick

When Melbourne’s Avenue Bookstore owner Chris Redfern opened a second store in Elsternwick in 2012, the year after the REDgroup collapse, some were sceptical. Bookseller... Read more

Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018 entries now open

Visit www.melbourneprize.org to enter the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018 & Awards.

New online entry form. Publishers can nominate authors.

  • $100,000 prize pool plus a new award for early career published writers
  • Entry by individual author or nomination
  • All writing genres eligible
  • For published authors only
  • Open to Victorian residents only

Pascal Press Stocktake Week 2018

Please note that our annual Stocktake is scheduled to commence Wednesday 13th June to Wednesday 20th June 2018.

As such, the last dispatch of orders will be Tuesday 12th June. Normal distribution will resume Thursday 21st June.

Please take this into consideration when placing orders within this period, and allow additional time to receive your goods.
Thank you for your patience during this period.




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