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25 July 2018

Kibble and Dobbie Awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards were announced at a ceremony at the State Library of New South Wales on 25... Read more

Tuffield joins UQP x

UQP has announced the appointment of Aviva Tuffield to the publishing team. Tuffield joins UQP this week but will remain based in Melbourne. She will acquire fiction and nonfiction for... Read more

A&U to publish Thai cave rescue book in October

Allen & Unwin has acquired world rights to The Great Cave Rescue: The Extraordinary Story of the Thai Boy Soccer Team Trapped in a Cave... Read more
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'Scrublands' optioned for TV

Chris Hammer’s crime-fiction debut Scrublands (Allen & Unwin) has been optioned for television by producers Ian Collie of Easy Tiger and Martha Coleman of RevLover,... Read more

‘Amelia Westlake’ wins 2018 Readings YA book prize

Erin Gough has won the 2018 Readings Young Adult Book Prize for her novel Amelia Westlake (Hardie Grant Egmont). Gough’s novel was chosen from a... Read more

Isaac, Kelly win 2018 RITA Awards

The Romance Writers of America (RWA) has announced the winners of the 2018 RITA Awards, which recognise excellence in romance novels and novellas. Among the... Read more
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Colin Roderick Award 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Colin Roderick Award, administered by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies at James Cook University, has been announced. The shortlisted... Read more

Dymocks Subiaco wins top award at Dymocks conference

Dymocks Subiaco in Perth has won the Chairman’s Award for Retail Excellence at the 2018 Dymocks national conference, which was held on the Gold Coast... Read more

Caro, Coslovich, Falconer win in Walkley Mid-Year Awards

The winners of the Walkley Mid-Year Awards have been announced. Jane Caro won the Walkley Foundation’s Women’s Leadership in Media Award for the nonfiction book... Read more
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Harbour partners with University of the Sunshine Coast to publish students’ work x

Small publisher Harbour Publishing House has announced a partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) to publish one book each year from students... Read more

NYWF announces artists for 2018 festival

The National Young Writers Festival (NYWF) has announced the artists appearing on its 2018 program, which runs from 27-30 September in Newcastle. Guests announced on... Read more

‘Terry’s Dumb Dot Story’ raises over $140k for charity

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, in partnership with Pan Macmillan Australia, have donated $141,613 to charity from the sale of their short story Terry’s Dumb Dot... Read more

Book-industry figures sign open letter in support of ABC

Australian Book Review (ABR) has published an open letter against privatisation, political interference and funding cuts to the ABC, which has been signed by 100... Read more

NLA Publishing acquires ‘shadow play’ picture book

NLA Publishing has acquired world rights to picture book Hiding Moon, written by Emma Allen and illustrated by Sher Rill Ng. Publisher Susan Hall acquired... Read more

Fantasy imprint Talem Press seeks submissions

Online writers’ platform and small publisher Writer’s Edit is seeking manuscript submissions for fantasy fiction imprint Talem Press. The imprint focuses on fantasy fiction, featuring... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Given the changing shape of fiction, it was only a matter of time before a graphic novel was included on the Man Booker longlist.’—The judges... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Allen & Unwin has sold the television option for Scrublands (Chris Hammer) to producers Ian Collie of Easy Tiger and Martha Coleman of... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

For the first time since since January 2018, Scott Pape’s The Barefoot Investor (John Wiley) has dropped to the number two spot in the overall... Read more

Man Booker Prize 2018 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize has been announced. The 13 books longlisted for the £50,000 (A$88,800) prize are: Snap (Belinda Bauer, Bantam)... Read more

Charnock wins 2018 Arthur C Clarke Award

Anne Charnock’s Dreams Before the Start of Time (Amazon Publishing) has won the 2018 Arthur C Clarke Award for science-fiction, reports the Guardian. Set in... Read more

‘The Intrusions’ wins 2018 Theakston Crime Novel of the Year

Stav Sherez’s The Intrusions (Faber) has won the 2018 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, reports the Guardian. The winning novel follows... Read more

Beijing government to invest millions to increase number of bookstores

In China, the Beijing municipal government announced it will invest RMB 50 million (A$10m) per year to support 150 brick-and-mortar bookstores in the city, reports the... Read more

Kampot Readers & Writers Festival cancelled for 2018

In Cambodia, the 2018 Kampot Readers & Writers Festival (KRWF) has been cancelled, but festival organisers say it will return in 2019 as a biennial... Read more

UK book sales up 5% in 2017

British publishing sales rose 5% to £5.7 billion (A$10bn) in 2017, according to the Publishers Association’s (PA) annual yearbook, reports the Bookseller. Export sales drove... Read more

US sales declined slightly in 2017; 5.4% rise in adult nonfiction sales

US publishers’ total industry sales fell slightly in 2017 to US$26.23 billion (A$35.5bn), down from US$26.27 billion (A$35.6bn) in 2016, according to results released by... Read more

Tasmania’s LINCs to be called ‘libraries’ again

The Tasmanian government will begin rebranding the state’s 52 Learning and Information Centres (LINCs) starting mid-year, reports the Advocate. Tasmania’s libraries have been called LINCs... Read more

Finch, Loo awarded J S Battye Creative Fellowship

State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) has awarded the James Sykes Battye Creative Fellowship, valued at $10,000, to writer Steven Finch and illustrator Gabby Loo... Read more

‘Forbes’ pulls opinion piece arguing Amazon should replace libraries after public backlash

US business magazine Forbes has removed an opinion piece headlined ‘Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money’ after backlash from American libraries and... Read more

The winning ticket: The literary prize sales effect x

Nielsen Book associate director Julie Winters talks to Jackie Tang about the sales effect of Australia’s biggest literary prizes.  How much does a literary award... Read more

Podcast spotlight: Unladylike

Established in 2016, Unladylike is hosted by the Centre for Youth Literature’s Adele Walsh and author Kelly Gardiner. In each episode they talk with women... Read more

Whelan appointed assistant editor at Affirm

Meg Whelan has been appointed in the newly created role of assistant editor (kids) at Affirm Press. Whelan joined the kids team in a contract... Read more

ASA: Self-publishing workshop

Australian Society of Authors is running a two-day, in-depth workshop that will cast light on the myths and realities of self-publishing in 2018 and increase... Read more

Australian Copyright Council: ‘Understanding Copyright’ seminars

Australian Copyright Council is running the ‘Understanding Copyright’ seminars to educate various industries and sectors on copyright. It aims to cover all the important aspects of copyright and deliver the most... Read more

Key dates for Lonely Planet’s distribution move to United Book Distributors

As previously announced Lonely Planet’s distribution centre, located in Bentleigh, Victoria, will close on Thursday, 30 August 2018 and all supply of Lonely Planet product... Read more

Bookshop for sale

Established in 1969, Brays Books Balmain is a successful independent bookshop. Why is Brays Books for sale? Simple—after 49 years at the helm and at... Read more

Text releases film tie-in edition of ‘Ladies in Black’ early in response to huge interest

Bruce Beresford’s film adaptation of Madeleine St John’s classic novel The Women in Black will hit cinemas on 20 September. Set in a Sydney department... Read more

Hardie Grant distribution now with Harper Entertainment Distribution Services

Distribution services Hardie Grant (incorporating client publishers) have successfully transferred to Harper Entertainment Distribution Services (HEDS). Hardie Grant would like to thank both United Book... Read more

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