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6 June 2018

‘WBN’ published Thursday next week

Please note that, due to the Queen’s Birthday holiday on Monday in all states except Queensland and Western Australia, the next Weekly Book Newsletter will be published... Read more

Amazon to block Oz shoppers from Amazon US

Australian consumers will be unable to purchase items from Amazon’s international websites as the multinational moves to comply with new GST laws affecting online retailers,... Read more

NT Writers’ Festival Wordstorm 2018 wraps up x

The 2018 Northern Territory Writers’ Festival was held over four days from 24-27 May in Darwin. With the theme ‘exploring outside the margins’, this year’s... Read more
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Nunn and Gleitzman named ambassadors for Australian Reading Hour 2018

Australian Reading Hour has announced authors Judy Nunn and Morris Gleitzman as the national ambassadors for the initiative in 2018, which will be held this... Read more

‘Warm and respectful’ response to FWF 2018 Victorian program x

The Feminist Writers Festival’s (FWF) 2018 Victorian Program, which was held in Melbourne and Geelong from 25-27 May, received ‘really positive’ feedback and a ‘strong... Read more

Traill wins Ashurst Business Literature Prize 2017

Michael Traill has won the 2017 Ashurst Business Literature Prize for his book Jumping Ship: From the World of Corporate Australia to the Heart of Social... Read more
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Kibble and Dobbie Awards 2018 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2018 Kibble and Dobbie Awards have been announced. The four shortlisted titles for the $30,000 Kibble Literary Award for an established... Read more

NZ Book Awards for Children and YA 2018 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced. The awards aim to celebreate the contribution New... Read more

Grills, Wright and Rawson win 2018 Woollahra Digital Literary Awards

Eloise Grills, Stephen Wright and Jane Rawson have won the 2018 Woollahra Digital Literary Awards for writing that was first published online or electronically. Grills... Read more
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Davitt Awards 2018 longlists announced

Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the longlists for the 2018 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. A total of 101... Read more

Tuffield departs Black Inc. x

Aviva Tuffield has departed from her position as publisher at Black Inc. According to reports made to Book+Publishing, Tuffield’s position of publisher was made redundant earlier... Read more

Minimum wage to rise 3.5% following Fair Work review

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 3.5% increase to minimum wages effective from 1 July 2018, increasing the minimum rate from $18.29 per hour... Read more

First authors announced for 2018 Byron Writers Festival

The first authors have been announced for the 2018 Byron Writers Festival, which runs from 3-5 August. International guests include British author and broadcaster Lemn Sissay,... Read more

PRH acquires Warne memoir

Penguin Random House will publish Australian cricketer Shane Warne’s memoir, No Spin (with Mark Nicholas), in Australia and the UK in October 2018. In a... Read more

Scribe acquires new books by Elson, Carroll

Scribe has acquired rights to a number of new titles, including a biography of post-punk musician Rowland S Howard by Melbourne-based bookseller and writer Gerard... Read more

HGE, ASRC to release three bilingual editions of ‘My Two Blankets’

Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) have partnered to publish three bilingual editions of the picture book My Two... Read more

‘IndigenousX’ and the ‘Monthly’ launch Indigenous arts critic mentorship

The Monthly and IndigenousX have launched a new mentorship for an emerging Indigenous arts critic. The joint initiative will offer the successful candidate a six-month... Read more

Thunig wins 2018 Margaret Dooley Emerging Indigenous Writers Fellowship x

Kamilaroi woman and University of Newcastle researcher Amy Thunig is the recipient of the 2018 Margaret Dooley Emerging Indigenous Writers Fellowship, presented by Eureka Street and... Read more

The Little Bookroom opens ‘big sister’ bookshop in Northcote

Melbourne children’s bookstore The Little Bookroom is opening a new independent ‘big sister’ bookshop, called Neighbourhood Books, in the inner northern suburb of Northcote. Located... Read more

Collins Ballarat relocates to ‘destination store’ in heritage building

The Ballarat branch of Collins Booksellers has relocated to a heritage-listed building on Lydiard Street in the Ballarat city centre. Formerly located about a block... Read more

Viggers novel sold to France, following ‘remarkable’ sales

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has sold world French rights to Karen Viggers’ forthcoming novel, The World Beneath the Trees, to publisher Les Escales, following the... Read more

Spinifex title honoured for Italian literary award

Palestinian feminist writer Khulud Khamis’ Australian-published novel, Haifa Fragments (Spinifex) has placed second in the Premio Letterario Citta di Siena Italian literary award. Khamis’ novel,... Read more

WestWords director named on CreateNSW roundtable

WestWords executive director Michael Campbell has been named among a group of 10 arts practitioners to lead a new roundtable created to ensure that Western... Read more

Writers Bloc launches ongoing online short courses x

Online writing community Writers Bloc has launched its first ongoing series of online short courses. Throughout 2018, Writers Bloc will run one short course per... Read more

NSW Writers' Centre rebrands as Writing NSW

The NSW Writers’ Centre has rebranded as Writing NSW, and launched a new website. Writing NSW CEO Jane McCredie  said the new name, which came... Read more

NT Writers’ Centre elects new board

The Northern Territory Writers’ Centre has elected a new board, consisting of 10 members. Previous vice president Adelle Sefton-Rowston has been elected as president, while... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The economics from just last year until today have shifted so dramatically it makes your head spin. I had seven-figure offers for books that haven’t... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction Allen & Unwin (A&U) has sold world French rights to The World Beneath the Trees (Karen Viggers) to Les Escales. (See news.) Text... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Stephen King’s new mystery-horror hybrid The Outsider (Hachette) has shot up the charts, debuting in second spot in this week’s top 10 in its first... Read more

Lambda Literary Awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Lambda Literary Awards, known as the ‘Lammys’, have been announced. The awards celebrate excellence in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender... Read more

Audie Awards 2018 winners announced

In the US, the winners of the 2018 Audie Awards, presented by the Audio Publishers Association, have been announced. The Audiobook of the Year award... Read more

‘The Muslims’ wins 2018 Little Rebels Children’s Book Award

The Muslims by Zanib Mian (Sweet Apple Books) has won the 2018 Little Rebels Children’s Book Award in the UK for radical children’s fiction, reports... Read more

‘After the Fire’ wins 2018 ‘Bookseller’ YA Book Prize

In the UK, Will Hill’s After the Fire (Usborne) has won the Bookseller’s 2018 YA Book Prize, worth £2000 (A$3510), reports the Bookseller. Loosely based... Read more

Forward Prizes for Poetry shortlists announced

In the UK, the shortlists for the Forward Prizes for Poetry have been announced. The shortlist for the £10,000 (A$17,570) Forward Prize for Best Collection... Read more

Noosa Heritage Library wins Heritage Award

Noosa Shire Council’s Heritage Library has won a Silver Award at the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Heritage Awards for publishing local history book Noosa... Read more

UK librarians condemn deal between SCL and Home Office

In the UK, 80 library professionals have signed an open letter to condemn a contract deal between the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and Home... Read more

Acquiring new languages: Exploring the world of bilingual children's books x

Jackie Tang asks publishers, booksellers and librarians if there is an increased demand in foreign-language children’s books. When Allen & Unwin published Joanne O’Callaghan and... Read more

Podcast spotlight: Pratchat

Pratchat is a monthly ‘book club’ podcast hosted by Elizabeth Flux and Ben McKenzie that aims to discuss every Terry Pratchett novel ever written. Each episode,... Read more

Sisonke Msimang’s ‘Always Another Country’ x

‘Starting afresh is a constant theme throughout the book—Msimang’s account of her movement and migration frequently explores the question of whether home is a concept... Read more

Change for Lion Hudson

Publisher: Lion Hudson Old distributor: NewSouth Books New distributor: N/A Changeover date: 1 July 2018 Returns cut-off: 1 August 2018

CBCA NSW: Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program entries open

Entries for the CBCA NSW Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program are currently open. Launched in 1996, the program aims to foster the talent of aspiring writers... Read more

Lonely Planet to close warehouse; distribution moving to UBD

Lonely Planet has announced it will close its Melbourne warehouse, based in Bentleigh, at the end of August this year, making seven permanent employees redundant.... Read more

ABA conference registrations must close Thursday 7 June

Reasons why you should attend the ABA conference: You may meet with people with similar experiences You mind may be open to new opportunities Your... Read more

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