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14 June 2018

Grenville, book industry figures recognised in 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours x

A number of Australian authors and industry figures were recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Author Kate Grenville was made Officer in the General... Read more

UQP celebrates 70th anniversary with anthology and events x

The University of Queensland Press (UQP) is celebrating its 70th birthday this year. Established in 1948, UQP was originally founded as a traditional university press,... Read more

Byron Writers Festival 2018 program announced

The full program for the 2018 Byron Writers Festival, which runs from 3-5 August, has been announced, featuring 140 writers, thinkers and commentators. International guests... Read more
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Foundry658 to offer $20,000 seed funding to creative entrepreneurs

A new business development program, Foundry658, has been launched in Victoria to help creative entrepreneurs and organisations develop start-ups. Ten Victorian individuals or teams will... Read more

Sharp appointed CEO of SWF

Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has appointed Chrissy Sharp as its new CEO. Sharp, who was previously the inaugural director of the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne... Read more

Payne resigns from UQP x

University of Queensland Press (UQP) nonfiction publisher Alexandra Payne has resigned from the position after 11 years with the company. In a statement, UQP announced... Read more
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Barrett joins Pantera Press

Bloomsbury Australia sales director Lucy Barrett will join Pantera Press in the newly created role of chief operating officer. ‘Lucy has a proven track record... Read more

2017 Stella Count reveals drop in percentage of women reviewed

The 2017 Stella Count has found that four out of 12 publications surveyed reviewed more books by women than men—the same ratio as 2016’s count—but... Read more

Text, Writing NSW launch Boundless Indigenous Mentorship Program

Text Publishing and Writing NSW have launched a new nationwide mentoring program for an unpublished Indigenous writer. The Boundless Indigenous Mentorship Program will pair an... Read more
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UK exchange program Intersect launches

The British Council and Diversity Arts Australia have launched a new exchange program, Intersect, for British and Australian arts professionals from culturally diverse and Aboriginal... Read more

Berbay sells Canty picture books to US x

Berbay Publishing has sold rights to Melbourne author and illustrator John Canty’s Heads and Tails: Insects in three territories, including North America. Rights to the... Read more

‘The Bad Guys’ feature film in development with DreamWorks

DreamWorks Animation has begun development on a feature animated film based on Aaron Blabey’s illustrated chapter book series The Bad Guys (Scholastic). Foundation Media Partners... Read more

‘The Scared Book’ wins SCBWI Crystal Kite Award

Children’s picture book The Scared Book (Debra Tidball, illus by Kim Siew, Lothian) has won in the Australian and New Zealand division of this year’s... Read more

Mudgee Readers’ Festival announces 2018 program

The Mudgee Readers’ Festival has released its 2018 program. The annual event will run from 10-12 August in regional NSW and, for the first time,... Read more

Booksellers NZ 2018 conference program released

The program for the 2018 Booksellers NZ Conference, which runs from 25-26 August, has been announced. Booksellers NZ CEO Lincoln Gould says this year’s conference... Read more

Coleman, Meadows win Norma K Hemming Awards 2018

The winners of the 2018 Norma K Hemming Awards were announced on Friday, 8 June. Western Australian writer Claire G Coleman won in the long... Read more

PANZ Book Design Awards 2018 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2018 Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Best... Read more

Shortlist for ‘Lip’ magazine’s 2018 Rachel Funari Prize announced

The shortlist for Lip magazine’s annual Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction has been announced. The shortlisted authors and their works are: ‘A Landing’ (Phoebe Chen) ‘Fishing for... Read more

Longlist for 2018 ‘KYD’ Unpublished Manuscript Award announced

The longlist for the 2018 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award has been announced. The longlisted works, and their authors, are: ‘Blindside’ (Beth Amos) ‘The... Read more

Harvey and Whittaker announced as poets in residence for QPF 2018

The Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) has announced two poets in residence for the 2018 festival: African-American poet Yona Harvey and Gomeroi poet Alison Whittaker. Harvey... Read more

Brio launches Fantastica Prize for sci-fi manuscripts

Brio Books has launched the Fantastica Prize, an unpublished manuscript prize for local science-fiction. Open to Australian and New Zealand writers, the prize is seeking... Read more

New England Writers’ Centre launches new pitch program x

New England Writers’ Centre (NEWC) has launched a new pitch program, Pitch Independent, to connect regional writers and illustrators with small and independent presses and... Read more

Booktopia shortlisted for online retail awards

Online bookseller Booktopia has been shortlisted in several categories in the 2018 Online Retail Industry Awards (ORIAs). Booktopia is a finalist for Best Mobile Commerce... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘While the crime writing community is diverse in many ways, it lacks authors from BAME backgrounds. With crime fiction’s increasing popularity, it seems more important... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

A new part-thriller, part-romance novel from Nora Roberts (Shelter in Place, Hachette) has climbed into second spot in this week’s top 10, while another romance... Read more

New ‘Books+Publishing’ reviews out now x

Books+Publishing’s latest Reviews newsletter contains 16 reviews of books publishing in July and August. Chris Hammer’s novel, Scrublands (A&U, August) received five stars from reviewer Scott Whitmont.... Read more

RiP Anthony Bourdain

US chef, writer and publisher Anthony Bourdain has died, aged 61. Bourdain was the author of several books, including his influential memoir Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the... Read more

McCormack wins 2018 International Dublin Literary Award

Irish writer Mike McCormack’s Solar Bones (Canongate) has won the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award. McCormack’s novel, which consists of a single novel-length sentence about... Read more

Adichie wins PEN Pinter Prize 2018

In the UK, Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been awarded the 2018 PEN Pinter Prize, reports the Bookseller. Founded in 2009 in honour of the playwright... Read more

Shamsie wins 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction

British-Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie has won the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel Home Fire (Bloomsbury). Home Fire, which reworks Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone... Read more

German book sales down in 2017

In Germany, book trade association Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels has released data showing value sales of books and journals in Germany dropped marginally by 1.6%... Read more

PLR to extend to ebooks and audio in UK

In the UK, Public Lending Rights (PLR) will be extended to include ebooks and audiobooks borrowed from libraries, reports the Bookseller. Effective from 1 July,... Read more

Library sector recognised in 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours x

Several library professionals were recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Alex Byrne was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of... Read more

QLD government continues funding for SLQ First 5 Forever literacy program

The Queensland state government has announced it will continue its annual commitment of $5 million to continue the First 5 Forever early literacy program delivered... Read more

SCL and CILIP partner on ‘ethical guidelines’ following Home Office deal

The UK’s Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) has agreed to partner with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) to develop an ethical... Read more

The perfect Foyles: ABA conference keynote speaker Paul Currie on the UK book industry x

Paul Currie, CEO of Foyles Bookshop in the UK, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Australian Booksellers Association conference. He spoke to Jackie... Read more

Podcast spotlight: ABC Radio National's The Hub on Books

ABC Radio National’s (RN) The Hub on Books is a weekly radio program and podcast featuring author interviews as well as news and analysis about... Read more

Emily Gale’s ‘I Am Out with Lanterns’ x

‘I Am Out with Lanterns is nuanced, complex and thoroughly readable. Told from multiple perspectives, it follows a kaleidoscope of characters as it explores community,... Read more

2018 Residential Masterclasses at Varuna

Varuna, the writers house, has opened applications for various Residential Masterclasses. Each week is limited to only five participants and includes a creative and stimulating... Read more

ASA course: 'Diving in' with Kathryn Heyman

The Australian Society of Authors is offering a development course on creative writing. Using practical exercises, participants will write scenes, imagery, and characters. With humour,... Read more

ASA course: Writing crime fiction — An introduction with Garry Disher

The Australian Society of Authors is offering an introductory workshop on writing crime fiction, presented by Garry Disher. This one-day workshop will examine crime fiction’s... Read more

Pascal Press price update

In line with increased production costs and complete implementation of FSC compliancy across all our ranges, Pascal Press will be increasing the RRP on some... Read more

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