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18 July 2018

Melbourne Writers Festival 2018 program launched

The program for the 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF), which runs from 24 August to 2 September, has been announced. This year’s festival will open... Read more

Canberra Writers Festival 2018 program launched

Canberra Writers Festival has announced the full line-up of guest speakers for its festival program, running from 23-26 August. International guests appearing at the festival... Read more

WORD Christchurch 2018 program announced

The program for the 2018 WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival, which runs from 29 August to 2 September, has been announced. Among the international... Read more
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Triggs, Scott announced in first line-up for Ubud 2018

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) has made its first announcement of guests joining the 2018 festival, which will run from 24-28 October in... Read more

Copyright Agency announces recipients of $50k Ignite funding grants x

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund has announced 16 recipients of its 2018 Ignite grants. The $50,000 pool of funding is aimed at supporting training and... Read more

Namoi retires from A&U x

Angela Namoi will retire from her position as rights and international sales director (children’s) at Allen & Unwin (A&U) on 3 August. During her career,... Read more
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Pantera appoints Hirst publisher

Lex Hirst has joined Pantera Press in the newly created role of publisher. Hirst, who was most recently commissioning editor at Penguin Random House Australia,... Read more

Audible appoints Naparstek as director of original content

Audible Australia has appointed Ben Naparstek as director of original content. In the new role, Naparstek will oversee the development of original audio shows, series... Read more

Castagna’s ‘No More Boats’ sold into North America

Giramondo has sold North American rights to Felicity Castagna’s No More Boats to Europa Editions editor-in-chief Michael Reynolds in a pre-empt, via Rach Crawford at literary... Read more
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Scale Free Network sells ‘The Invisible War’ to US x

Melbourne-based art-science collaborative and micro-publisher Scale Free Network (SFN) has sold North American rights to the graphic novel The Invisible War (Ailsa Wild, Briony Barr,... Read more

Hachette acquires ‘Lambs of God’ ahead of TV miniseries adaptation x

Hachette Australia has acquired ANZ rights to 1997 novel Lambs of God (Marele Day), ahead of the release of a four-part TV miniseries adaptation of... Read more

HarperCollins signs Treasure for two-book deal

HarperCollins has acquired world rights to White Horses by commercial fiction author Rachael Treasure in a two-book deal, via Margaret Connolly at Margaret Connolly and... Read more

NewSouth to publish official history of Australian operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor x

The Australian War Memorial (AWM) has awarded a tender to NewSouth Publishing to publish The Official History of Australian Operations in Iraq & Afghanistan and... Read more

PRH acquires sequel to ‘The Woolgrower’s Companion’

Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has acquired Oceania rights to a sequel to Joy Rhoades’ The Woolgrower’s Companion (Bantam), in a deal brokered by Stephanie Koven... Read more

Educational Publishing Awards 2018 shortlists announced

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced the shortlists for the 2018 Educational Publishing Awards Australia. The shortlists in each category are: Primary Student Resource:... Read more

Speech Pathology Australia book awards 2018 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2018 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Birth to... Read more

Scribble sells North American rights to ‘Under the Love Umbrella’

Scribe’s children’s imprint, Scribble, has sold North American rights to Under the Love Umbrella (Davina Bell, illus by Allison Colpoys) to Simply Read Books. Rights... Read more

Affirm Press acquires Fiona Hardy's debut middle-grade novel ‘Rosebud’

Affirm Press has acquired ANZ rights to debut middle-grade novel Rosebud by Readings bookseller Fiona Hardy. Rights were negotiated by agent Danielle Binks of Jacinta di Mase... Read more

Victorian independent bookstore Book Bonding up for sale x

The owners of Gisborne-based independent bookshop Book Bonding have put the shop up for sale amid plans to return to Melbourne next year. Husband-and-wife duo... Read more

QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program adds YA and nonfiction

The Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) and Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program has broadened its submissions criteria this year, and will for the first time accept... Read more

ABA to trial one-day training session in Brisbane x

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) is hosting a one-day booksellers’ training session in Brisbane on 21 August. The all-day program, which runs from 9am to... Read more

PRH seeks contributions from young writers in children’s anthology

Penguin Random House is seeking submissions from young writers for a new humorous short story collection, Total Quack Up! (October 2018), edited by children’s authors Sally... Read more

Staff changes at the Small Press Network

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the appointment of Tim Coronel as general manager. Coronel, who was previously communications manager for SPN, takes over... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Traditional literary gatekeepers now live a kind of half-life; representatives of a zombie culture: the walking dead. The power to consecrate cultural texts, now, rests... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Allen & Unwin has sold Thai rights to The Museum of Modern Love (Heather Rose). Giramondo has sold North American rights to No... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Last week’s highest new entry, Michael Robotham’s thriller The Other Wife (Hachette), climbs to the second spot in this week’s overall top 10 bestsellers, knocking The... Read more

Australian bestsellers in June: Morris reclaims top spot; Pape remains overall bestseller

Heather Morris’ debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, returns to the top spot for overall fiction bestsellers in June, ending the reign of Tim Winton’s The... Read more

Smith to leave Bonnier Zaffre UK

In the UK, Mark Smith is stepping down from the position of CEO of Bonnier Zaffre after selling his equity stake in the firm, reports... Read more

UK study reveals only 4% of children's books feature a BAME character

In the UK, a new report has found that only 4% of children’s books published in the UK in 2017 featured black, Asian and minority... Read more

Family memoir wins 2018 PEN/Ackerley Prize

Richard Beard’s family memoir The Day That Went Missing (Vintage) has been awarded the 2018 PEN/Ackerley Prize for a work of memoir or autobiography. Beard received... Read more

PRH announces two-year partnership with National Literacy Trust

In the UK, Penguin Random House (PRH) has announced a two-year partnership with the National Literacy Trust (NLT), an independent charity that works with disadvantaged children to develop... Read more

European Amazon workers plan strike for Prime Day

In Spain, unions have asked 1000 Amazon workers to go on strike during Amazon Prime Day, reports the Independent. Amazon Prime Day, which begins at noon... Read more

SLV 2018 fellowships announced

State Library Victoria (SLV) has announced the recipients of its 2018 fellowships, including the inaugural Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Research Fellowship. The recipients of the... Read more

Hundreds of rare flood-damaged books salvaged by freeze-drying

Victorian conservators are working to save around 400 rare books through freeze-drying treatments, after thousands were destroyed during floods affecting the University of Tasmania’s law... Read more

Liverpool library wins UK Library of the Year award

In the UK, Liverpool Central Library has won the Library of the Year award, reports the Bookseller. The Liverpool library was chosen from a shortlist... Read more

For the love of poetry: Looking beyond Instapoetry x

Angela Elizabeth finds out how local publishers are committing to poetry beyond the ‘Instapoetry’ trend.  ‘Poetry is the medium of the moment,’ proclaimed UK National... Read more

Podcast spotlight: Quickie

With its first episode debuting in 2017, Quickie has been described by founder and host Nevena Spirovska as a ‘feminist podcast that shoots straight from the... Read more

David Mackintosh's ‘Waiting for Chicken Smith’ x

‘The suspense builds as readers are taken on a journey around the beachside town, with the narrator remembering his previous summer holiday adventures with his... Read more

Entries for 2019 Australian Library Design Awards now open

Entries for the second Australian Library Design Awards (ALDAs) are now open. There are four categories: public libraries, academic libraries, school libraries and special libraries. There will... Read more

Bookshop for sale

Busy, independent city based bookshop is for sale in sunny Townsville. Has solid trading figures, an established reputation and a loyal customer base. There is... Read more

Allen & Unwin bids a fond farewell to Angela Namoi

Allen & Unwin bids a very fond farewell to Angela Namoi who is retiring from the company on Friday 3 August. Angela has been with... Read more

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