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22 August 2018

‘Books+Publishing’ book industry employment survey

Books+Publishing is conducting research on wages in the Australian book industry for a feature article, which will be published in Issue 4 of Books+Publishing magazine. We last conducted this... Read more

Dennis Jones & Associates enters liquidation x

Melbourne-based book distributor Dennis Jones & Associates has ceased trading and has entered voluntary liquidation. On 17 August, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)... Read more

Industry responds to liquidation of Dennis Jones & Associates x

Industry groups including the Australian Society of Authors (ASA), the Small Press Network (SPN) and the Australian Publishers Association (APA) have expressed views on how... Read more
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CBCA Awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each of... Read more

Morton gives evidence in NSW Supreme Court; legal dispute with former agent continues

Bestselling Australian author Kate Morton has given evidence before the NSW Supreme Court as part of an ongoing legal dispute with former agent Selwa Anthony,... Read more

ABC to close online store, ABC Centres

The ABC has proposed closing its online store and discontinuing any ABC Centres still hosted by third-party booksellers, reports Mumbrella. The move will see the... Read more
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Adelaide to host Jaipur Literature Festival

Adelaide’s OzAsia Festival has announced it has partnered with the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) to host JLF Adelaide, which will run a number of events... Read more

Screen rights to ‘The Nowhere Child’ acquired

Australian production company Carver Films and US-based production company Anonymous Content have acquired screen rights to Christian White’s debut thriller The Nowhere Child (Affirm). Carver... Read more

Readings announces 2018 New Australian Fiction Award shortlist

Readings has announced the shortlist for its 2018 New Australian Fiction Award. The shortlisted titles are: Flames (Robbie Arnott, Text) Pulse Points (Jennifer Down, Text)... Read more
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RWA awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) Romantic Book of the Year awards, known as the ‘RUBYs’, were announced on 18 August... Read more

Lucas wins 2018 ‘ABR’ Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

US-based Australian author Madelaine Lucas has won the Australian Book Review’s (ABR) 2018 Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for her story ‘Ruins’. Lucas was announced as the... Read more

'The Bible in Australia' wins 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year

The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History by historian Meredith Lake (NewSouth) has been named 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year. Chosen from a shortlist... Read more

‘Overland’ Victoria University Short Story Prize 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2018 Overland Victoria University (VU) Short Story Prize for new writers has been announced. The shortlisted stories are: ‘Mr Bananafish’ (Caoimhe McKeogh) ‘Geraldton... Read more

Vogel winner ‘The Yellow House’ optioned for film

Emily O’Grady’s debut crime novel The Yellow House (Allen & Unwin) has been optioned for film by independent producers Lucy Hayes and John Tummino. Hayes,... Read more

PRH acquires ‘Fixed It’ book by Gilmore

Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has acquired rights to a nonfiction book by Melbourne-based writer, commentator and journalist Jane Gilmore. Titled Fixed It: One Woman’s... Read more

Scribe acquires US nonfiction titles by Stack, Villarosa x

Scribe has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to two nonfiction books by American authors Megan Stack and Linda Villarosa, reports BookBrunch. Stack’s book, Women’s Work:... Read more

Harlequin launches website to promote romance titles

Harlequin has launched the website romance.com.au to promote romance titles to readers. The website features 23,000 titles from Harlequin imprints including Avon, Escape, Mira, and Mills &... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘It’s only once the book has done well elsewhere that some of the chains will take more copies … It is as though the customer... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Allen & Unwin has sold German rights to The Yellow House (Emily O’Grady), and the film option to producers Lucy Hayes and John... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

For the fifth week running, the weekly bestsellers chart is topped by The 104-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan) at number one... Read more

Australian bestsellers in July: crime authors top fiction; Stroud number two in nonfiction x

Two crime-thriller novels topped the Australian fiction bestsellers chart in July, with the number one spot going to crime-writing veteran Michael Robotham’s The Other Wife, and second... Read more

Hugo Awards 2018 winners announced

For the third year running, N K Jemisin has won the best novel category at the Hugo Awards for science-fiction and fantasy titles. Jemisin picked... Read more

Brown, Williams win 2018 James Tait Black Prizes

The winners of the James Tait Black Prizes for fiction and biography—the UK’s oldest literary awards—have been announced. Craig Brown’s Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of... Read more

Chronicle launches Chinese-language children’s books imprint

US publisher Chronicle Books has launched an imprint for Chinese-language editions of its children’s titles, reports Publishers Weekly. Chronicle Books is partnering with international investment... Read more

SAGE acquires Talis

In the UK, journal publishing company SAGE Publishing has acquired education-technology company Talis, along with its course list management system Talis Aspire, for an undisclosed... Read more

UK working class writers' festival planned for 2020

In the UK, authors, publishers and trade professionals will launch a working class writers’ festival, reports the Bookseller. Author Natasha Carthew initially tweeted to her followers in July:... Read more

East Arnhem Land community library re-organises according to Yolngu culture

In Galiwin’ku, a remote community in the Northern Territory, the community library has replaced the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system with a system of organisation based... Read more

UK family halts library closures in high court challenge

In the UK, a family has halted plans to close 21 libraries, after winning a high court challenge against Northamptonshire county council, reports the Guardian.... Read more

Louisiana mayor wants library's Drag Queen Story Hour event cancelled

In the US state of Louisiana, mayor-president of Lafayette Joel Robideaux has said he wants a Drag Queen Story Hour event planned at the Lafayette... Read more

The secret diary of Shaun Bythell x

Shaun Bythell owns Scotland’s largest second-hand bookstore The Bookshop, Wigtown and is the author of Diary of a Bookseller (Profile). He will deliver a keynote... Read more

Podcast spotlight: The Fitzroy Diaries

Launched in mid-2018, The Fitzroy Diaries (TFD) is ‘a hybrid between the radio play format, the audiobook format, and the podcast format’ that originally aired as... Read more

Samantha Wheeler's ‘Everything I've Never Said’ x

‘Telling the story through Ava’s experience gives the reader a firsthand account of living with disability, breaking down preconceived ideas to create understanding. The characters... Read more

Change for Melbourne Books

Publisher: Melbourne Books ISBN prefix: 9781925556 Old distributor: Dennis Jones & Associates New distributor: Black Inc Changeover date: 22 August 2018

Change for Little Pink Dog Books

Publisher: Little Pink Dog Books Old distributor: Dennis Jones and Associates New distributor: Exisle Publishing Changeover date: 1 September 2018 Contact URL: www.exislepublishing.com

HEDS to distribute National Geographic Kids x

Publisher: National Geographic Kids Old distributor: United Book Distribution New distributor: Harper Entertainment Distribution Services Returns cut-off date: UBD distribution ceased in 2017 Changeover date: 3 September... Read more

HEDS to distribute Black Library

Publisher: Black Library Old distributor: self-distributed New distributor: Harper Entertainment Distribution Services Changeover date: 1 October (See classified.)

Editors NSW: September presentation on Australian Council for the Arts grants

Wenona Byrne, the Director for Literature at the Australia Council for the Arts, will offer her insights into the grants program, as well highlighting areas... Read more

Order ‘Daddy Who?’ for Father’s Day

Daddy Who?: The inside story of the rise and demise of Australia’s greatest rock band, by Craig Horne, Melbourne Books: www.melbournebooks.com.au This is the brilliant,... Read more

For sale: Boomerang Books online business

Well-known online bookstore with $1m+ revenue for sale. Modern, fully-integrated, automated website platform with over 5 million titles. Established consumer and school clientele. Low risk... Read more

Black Inc. to distribute Melbourne Books titles

Black Inc. is delighted to be the new distributor for Melbourne Books following the closure of Dennis Jones & Associates. Melbourne Books new release and... Read more

Lonely Planet returns reminder

A reminder for stores holding Lonely Planet returns with a Lonely Planet Return Authorisation to ensure they’re returned to Bentleigh Warehouse by Thursday August 30.... Read more

HarperCollins Publishers to distribute National Geographic Kids in Australia and New Zealand

National Geographic Kids (NGK) and HarperCollins Publishers (HCP) announce that from 3 September 2018, sales and marketing of NGK titles in Australia and New Zealand will... Read more

Simon & Schuster Australia renew sales and distribution partnership with Black Library

Simon & Schuster Australia is pleased to renew its sales and distribution partnership with Black Library. A leading science fiction and fantasy publisher, Black Library... Read more

Four Steve Biddulph titles sold to Simon & Schuster (1 September)

Simon & Schuster Australia is proud to announce its acquisition from Finch Publishing of all rights in four of Steve Biddulph’s bestselling, category leading titles... Read more

Exisle/EK Books to distribute Little Pink Dog Books globally

Exisle Publishing, who have a well-established global presence in the children’s publishing market, with their award-winning picture book imprint, EK Books, will distribute Little Pink... Read more

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