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27 June 2018



A perfect companion to Evicted and Nickel and Dimed, Heartland reveals one woman’s experience of working class poverty with a startlingly observed, eye-opening, and topical personal story. Sarah Smarsh... Read more
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300 attend 2018 ABA Conference; booksellers ‘surviving and thriving’ x

Close to 300 booksellers, exhibitors and guest speakers attended this year’s Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) conference and trade show, which was held in Canberra from... Read more

2018 ABA conference: value, volume up YTD; branding, staff management discussed x

Nielsen Book associate director Julie Winters presented an overview of the Australian book market at the 2018 Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) conference. Winters reported that... Read more
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Sherwin‐Stark appointed CEO of Hachette ANZ

Hachette Australia and New Zealand (Hachette ANZ) has announced that Louise Sherwin-Stark, current joint managing director, has been appointed CEO of the publisher’s ANZ arm.... Read more


International authors announced for MWF 2018

The first international authors have been announced for the 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF), which runs from 24 August to 2 September. International guests include... Read more
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Law to edit ‘Growing Up Queer in Australia’ anthology

Black Inc. has announced it will publish a new anthology in 2019, Growing Up Queer in Australia, which will be edited by Benjamin Law. The... Read more

Copyright Agency sues NSW government after unsuccessful mediation

After an unsuccessful mediation last week, the Copyright Agency is pursuing a law suit it filed against the New South Wales state government last year... Read more


Donovan appointed scout for FremantleMedia

Australian editor and consultant Philippa Donovan has been appointed literary scout for production and entertainment company FremantleMedia Australia. Donovan will be covering book-to-film as well as TV adaptations... Read more


Dymocks Book Club launches on ‘Kids’ WB’ x

Chain bookseller Dymocks has partnered with Australian children’s television show Kids’ WB, from Channel Nine, to launch a monthly children’s book segment. Each month’s segment... Read more


Goldin’s escape room thriller attracts six-figure North American deal

Australian author Megan Goldin’s second novel, The Escape Room (Michael Joseph), has sold into North America in a six-figure, two-book deal negotiated by David Gernert... Read more

An Isolated Incident


Maguire's ‘An Isolated Incident’ sold to UK

UK publisher Lightning Books has acquired Emily Maguire’s 2016 crime novel An Isolated Incident (Picador), reports the Bookseller. Lightning Books editor-at-large Scott Pack acquired world... Read more


NewSouth sells world English rights for ‘Wild Sea’

NewSouth Publishing has sold world English rights (ex ANZ) to Joy McCann’s Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean to the University of Chicago... Read more


Hardie Grant acquires Pascoe’s travel guide

Hardie Grant Travel has acquired world rights to a travel guide book by Bunurong writer Bruce Pascoe. The as-yet-untitled book will look at places in... Read more


Ventura acquires world rights to d’Alpuget’s ‘Birth of the Plantagenets’ x

Ventura Press has acquired world rights to Blanche D’Alpuget’s ‘Birth of the Plantagenets’ series. The first two books in the series, The Young Lion and... Read more


‘Into the Heart of Tasmania’ wins inaugural Dick and Joan Green Family Award

Historian Rebe Taylor’s Into the Heart of Tasmania: A Search for Human Antiquity (MUP) has won the inaugural Dick and Joan Green Family Award for Tasmanian... Read more


Allan wins 2018 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction

Lip magazine’s 2018 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction has been presented to Liz Allan for her story ‘Our Voices, Fierce’. Margot McGovern, on behalf of the... Read more


Shortlist for ‘KYD’ 2018 Unpublished Manuscript Award announced

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


Better Reading launches ‘crowd-sourced’ review platform x

Better Reading has launched a new ‘crowd-sourced’ book review platform named Preview. Under the new program, publishers will be able to sponsor a title to... Read more


New owner for Torquay Books; Featherston retires x

Lynne Main has purchased Torquay Books in the Bayside area of Victoria from previous owner and manager Rosemary Featherston, who has decided to retire after... Read more


Online bookstore stocking only debut Australian titles to launch this year

A new online bookstore that will stock only debut Australian writers is preparing to launch later this year. Non-profit group Underground Writers is establishing the... Read more


ASA Model Trade Publishing Agreement now available to SPN members

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and the Small Press Network (SPN) have partnered to make a version of the ASA’s Model Trade Publishing Agreement... Read more


SPN announces 2018 conference research day keynote

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced Monash University associate professor Rebecca Giblin as the keynote speaker for the 2018 Independent Publishing Conference academic research... Read more


McDuling appointed senior content producer at Booktopia

Booktopia has appointed Sarah McDuling to the position of senior content producer. McDuling is currently editor of Booktopia’s crime-focused and YA-focused monthly newsletters, as well... Read more


Writers Vic announces 2018 Glenfern Fellowships

Writers Victoria has announced the recipients of this year’s Glenfern Fellowships. The fellowships were awarded to Anna Sublet for her book on grief and relationships,... Read more


Rapper 'Loki' wins 2018 Orwell Prize

In the UK, Darren McGarvey, also known as the rapper ‘Loki’, has won the £3000 (A$5547) Orwell Prize for Books for Poverty Safari: Understanding the... Read more


Taneja wins 2018 Desmond Elliott Prize

Preti Taneja has won the 2018 Desmond Elliott Prize for first-time novelists for We Are That Young (Galley Beggar Press). A reworking of William Shakespeare’s King Lear,... Read more

ALA renames Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal

In the US, a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has voted to remove the name of Laura Ingalls Wilder from a children’s book... Read more

B&N posts $125m loss in fiscal 2018

US retail chain Barnes & Noble (B&N) reported a total sales decline of six percent in the fiscal year ending 28 April 2018, with revenue... Read more

US online sales tax ruling applauded by booksellers

In the US, the Supreme Court has ruled that online retailers with no physical presence in a state are required to collect tax on sales... Read more

US audiobook sales up 22.7% in 2017

In the US, a new report by the Audio Publishers Association (APA) has found that audiobook sales experienced another consecutive year of double-digit growth, estimating... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction Giramondo Publishing has sold German-language rights to Border Districts (Gerald Murnane) in a two-book deal to Suhrkamp; Arabic-language rights in Egypt to A Million... Read more


Australian bestsellers in May: Winton and Pape haven’t budged x

Tim Winton’s latest, The Shepherd’s Hut, was the bestselling Australian fiction book in May, making this the third month in a row Winton has topped... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Media personality Tanya Hennessy’s humorous autobiography Am I Doing This Right? (A&U) debuts in sixth spot in this week’s overall bestsellers chart, and is also this... Read more

Barry Jonsberg's 'A Song Only I Can Hear' x

‘With the release of A Song Only I Can Hear, it may finally be time to stop describing every emotionally intelligent middle fiction book as ‘the... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The fact that Amazon is moving into physical stores is a reflection of their recognition that, actually, physical is complementary to digital’—Paul Currie reflects on the sustainable future of bookstores and what he sees as a renaissance of print books at the 2018 Australian Booksellers Association conference.



RiP Candy Royalle x

Lebanese-Palestinian Australian poet and activist Candy Royalle has died, aged 37. Royalle was a spoken word artist and performer, and the author of two poetry collections,... Read more


NSW govt cuts public library funding by 18% in 2018-19 state budget

The NSW state budget has cut funding to public libraries by 18%, according to peak body Local Government NSW (LGNSW). The 2018-19 NSW state budget... Read more


Mason appointed chair of NLA

The federal government has appointed Brett Mason as the new chair of the council of the National Library of Australia (NLA). Mason—a diplomat and academic,... Read more

HK public libraries remove LGBTQIA+ kids books

The Hong Kong government has been accused of moving several LGBTQIA-themed children’s books out of public view in the city’s public libraries, following complaints by... Read more


Talking less and listening more: Martin Hughes on creating safer workplaces x

Affirm Press publisher Martin Hughes (with senior editor Ruby Ashby-Orr) explores what it means to shape a better culture and create safer workplaces. At the... Read more


Podcast spotlight: Spun Stories

Established in 2015, Spun: True Stories Told in the Territory evolved from a quarterly live storytelling event in Darwin that showcases ‘extraordinary stories by ordinary... Read more

Varuna Residential Fellowships for Writers 2019 applications open

Varuna, the National Writers’ House, invites writers from across Australia to apply for a Varuna Residential Fellowship. A Varuna Residential Fellowship offers writers working across... Read more

Tickets on sale for Educational Publishing Awards

Tickets for the 25th annual Educational Publishing Awards are now on sale at the special early bird price of $120. Early bird prices are available... Read more

CBCA 2019 award submissions now open

Publishers and creators with books eligible for the 2019 CBCA Book of the Year Awards can now submit entries online: awards.cbca.org.au. Books can be delivered to:... Read more

Melbourne Prize for Literature entries close 9 July

Entries close Monday 9 July, 5pm

Don’t miss out. Visit www.melbourneprize.org to enter the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018 & Awards.

Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018: $60,000
Best Writing Award 2018: $30,000
NEW Readings Residency Award 2018: $5,000 cash + $2,500 travel voucher + residency
Civic Choice Award 2018: $4,000

  • All writing genres eligible
  • For published authors
  • $100,000 prize pool plus a new award
  • Individual entry or by publisher nomination
  • Open to Victorian residents only

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