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11 July 2018


The Apology

A gripping psychological drama about family, betrayal and the limits of forgiveness from a riveting new voice in Australian fiction. Set in Western Sydney, The... Read more
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Over 250 attend EWF National Writers’ Conference; writing prizes, pitching and podcasts discussed x

More than 250 writers, publishers, performers and guests attended the 2018 Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) National Writers’ Conference, which ran from 23-24 June in Melbourne... Read more


BWF 2018 program announced

The program has been announced for the 2018 Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF), which runs from 6-9 September. More than 200 writers will appear at the... Read more
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Shortlist announced for National Biography Award 2018

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has announced the shortlist for the 2018 National Biography Award, worth $25,000. The shortlisted works are: Songs... Read more


Davitt Awards 2018 shortlists announced

Sisters in Crime has announced the shortlists for the 2018 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. The shortlisted works in each... Read more
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Creative Victoria announces VicArts recipients

Several literary projects and writers have been included among the recipients in the latest round of Creative Victoria’s VicArts Grants. The program will provide over... Read more


Tsiolkas announced as final judge for The Next Chapter

The Wheeler Centre has announced author Christos Tsiolkas as the final judge for its $150,000 initiative for developing writers, The Next Chapter. Tsiolkas joins previously... Read more


Walker Books to publish YA anthology by LGBTQIA+ authors

Walker Books Australia has acquired world rights to an anthology of YA short stories by LGBTQIA+ Australian authors. Due to be published in June 2019,... Read more


PRH sells North American rights to 13-year-old slam poet's debut x

Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia has sold North American rights to Limelight by 13-year-old slam poet Solli Raphael to Andrews McMeel Universal (AMU). AMU executive... Read more


‘Freedom Swimmer’ optioned for film x

Wai Chim’s YA novel Freedom Swimmer (A&U) has been optioned for film by writer and director Ben Ockrent at Micro Productions UK. Agent Brian Cook,... Read more


‘Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts’ and ‘Reported Missing’ win 2018 Gold Ledger Awards

The winners of the 2018 Ledger Awards for excellence in Australian comics and graphic novels were announced in Sydney on 6 July. Two works received... Read more


McAlinden wins 2018 ‘KYD’ unpublished manuscript award

Literary journal Kill Your Darlings (KYD) has announced Nicole McAlinden as the winner of its 2018 unpublished manuscript award for her manuscript ‘Little Did I... Read more


Ned Kelly Awards 2018 longlists announced

The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the longlists for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for Australian crime writing. The longlisted titles in each... Read more

Ngaio Marsh Award 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlists for the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Award for New Zealand crime fiction have been announced. The shortlisted works in each category are: Best crime... Read more


BILBY Awards 2018 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2018 Books I Love Best Yearly (BILBY) Awards—the children’s choice book awards for Queensland—have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each... Read more


Australian Historical Association 2018 awards announced

The Australian Historical Association (AHA) has announced the winners of the 2018 W K Hancock Prize and the Kay Daniels Award. The $2000 W K... Read more


La Trobe University invests $200,000 in ‘The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka’ adaptation

La Trobe University has invested $200,000 in a TV series adaptation of Clare Wright’s book The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, reports the Age. Money from... Read more


Indie Publishing Forums launched x

A number of Australian book industry organisations have joined together to launch the Indie Publishing Forums, a series of events aimed at small publishers, self-publishers, aspiring writers,... Read more


‘Nevermoor’ tops Dymocks Kids’ Top 51 list

Dymocks Booklovers members have cast a combined 5500 votes for their favourite children’s book of all time, with Queensland writer Jessica Townsend’s Nevermoor: The Trials... Read more


‘Good Reading’ launches podcast

Good Reading magazine has launched a new books podcast aimed at helping readers ‘discover [their] next favourite read’. The Good Reading podcast comprises weekly episodes... Read more


‘The English Patient’ voted best Man Booker winner

Michael Ondaatje’s 1992 novel The English Patient (Bloomsbury) has won the Golden Man Booker Prize, which awards the best work of fiction from the last... Read more


UK films based on books create 44% more revenue

A new research report commissioned by the UK Publisher’s Association (PA) has found that UK-produced films based on books generate 44% more revenue in the... Read more

US print sales rose 2% in first half of 2018

US print sales in the first half of 2018 have increased 2% in volume compared to the first six months of 2017, reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more

OUP turnover drops 0.9% following ‘unexpected market conditions’

Oxford University Press (OUP) has recorded a 0.9% decrease in turnover to £840.1 million (A$1.5bn) for the year ending 31 March 2018, reports the Bookseller. The... Read more


French book sales fell 1.6% in 2017

French publishing sales fell in 2017 by 1.6% in value to €2.79 billion (A$4.4bn), according to figures from the French Publishers Association (Syndicat National de... Read more

Rights round-up

Sales Fiction Allen & Unwin has sold Greek translation rights to Cocaine Blues and Flying Too High (both Kerry Greenwood); and the film option to... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

This week’s highest new entry, Michael Robotham’s thriller The Other Wife (Hachette), debuts in third spot in this week’s overall top 10 bestsellers. Another thriller,... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We must continue to break industry boundaries, pushing for greater Indigenous representation in leadership roles, as well as fostering a culture of Indigenous-led and controlled initiatives throughout literary culture in Australia’Timmah Ball reflects on how a growing number of publishers, journals and literary organisations are creating opportunities for Aboriginal authors, and calls for further action.


New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now x

Books+Publishing’s most recent Junior newsletter contains six reviews of books publishing in September 2018. Catching Teller Crow (A&U), a ‘hybrid YA novel that blends thriller, crime... Read more

Sexual abuse victim seeks compensation from NLA

The National Library of Australia (NLA) is being pursued for compensation by a Balinese man who was the victim of sexual abuse revealed in a... Read more

John Oxley Library awards winners announced

The State Library of Queensland has announced the winners of the 2018 John Oxley Library Fellowship, John Oxley Library Award, and John Oxley Library Community... Read more

Banksy to help keep Bristol libraries open

In the UK, anonymous street artist Banksy has offered support to keep all of Bristol’s libraries open, reports the Bristol Post. Bristol City Council had... Read more

35% of US business libraries report cuts to staff in past two years

In the US, a survey of corporate and business libraries by Business Wire has found that 35% of the libraries sampled have lost one to... Read more


Back to the drawing board: Publishing local board books x

Danielle Binks explores the rising demand for homegrown board books. In her Ten Commandments for reading aloud with children, author Mem Fox’s number-one rule is:... Read more


Podcast spotlight: The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry

Established in 2012, The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry is a Sydney-based podcast founded and hosted by Lee Tran Lam. In each episode she talks... Read more

Ameblin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina’s ‘Catching Teller Crow’ x

‘A highly anticipated novel, Catching Teller Crow can be compared to Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones and E Lockhart’s We Were Liars. The authors subtly... Read more

Griffiths joins Allen & Unwin

Karen-Maree Griffiths, formerly Head of Local Sales & Marketing at HarperCollins Publishers, has joined Allen & Unwin as Senior Marketing Manager (Adult Books).

ASA: Writing with Kate Forsyth

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) is running a series of online writing classes with Kate Forsyth. These include: Establishing Your Writing Practice (27 September,... Read more

Storyology festival 2018

The Walkley Foundation’s Storyology journalism festival will be held in Brisbane and Sydney in July. The festival has a program of public talks and exhibitions... Read more

ABA: Love Your Bookshop Day set for 11 August

This year’s Love Your Bookshop Day (LYBD) will be held on Saturday, 11 August. To help booksellers celebrate, the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has some... Read more

Melbourne Prize Trust thanks you—record entries across all categories!

The Melbourne Prize Trust would like to thank the many publishers and authors who have entered the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018 & Awards as well as the literary sector for its support.

Finalists will be announced on September 12 at www.melbourneprize.org


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The tiger is roaring loudly

A&U are thrilled with the response to Tiger’s Roar by Alex Rance and Shane McG

Urgent reprints are due into UBD on Tuesday 24 July. Place your ordrs now to avoid disappointment.

Tiger’s Roar (9781760523916) A&U Children’s




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