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5 September 2018


The Valley

A murder in the remote bush in 1916 sparks a chain of events that will haunt a family for generations. Hidden in the refuge of... Read more
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Winners of the 2018 NSW Premier’s History Awards announced

The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) has announced the winners of the 2018 NSW Premier’s History Awards. The winning works in each category are: Australian... Read more


Queensland Literary Awards 2018 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards (QLAs) have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work... Read more
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Ngaio Marsh Award 2018 winners announced

Alan Carter’s Marlborough Man (Fremantle Press) has won the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. The novel, about an ex-undercover agent from England trying... Read more


Jackson, Jones win Viva la Novella

Seizure has announced New Zealand authors Anna Jackson and Avi-Duckor Jones as the winners of this year’s Viva la Novella competition. They are the first New... Read more
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Waverley Library Award 2018 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2018 Waverley Library Award for Literature, known as ‘the Nib’, has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Relatively Famous (Roger Averill,... Read more

Richell Prize 2018 longlist announced

Hachette Australia and the Emerging Writers’ Festival have announced the longlist for the 2018 Richell Prize for emerging writers. The longlisted works are: ‘She Is... Read more


NYWF 2018 program launched

The full program for the National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF), which runs from 27-30 September in Newcastle, has been announced. Presented by This is Not... Read more

PRH acquires Leah Purcell’s ‘The Drover’s Wife’

Penguin Random House (PRH) has acquired world rights to Leah Purcell’s The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson, a novel based on Purcell’s play... Read more


Ford’s ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ optioned for TV

Clementine Ford’s forthcoming Boys Will Be Boys: An Exploration of Power, Patriarchy and the Toxic Bonds of Mateship (Allen & Unwin, October) has been optioned for television by... Read more


‘Birth of the Plantagenets’ series optioned for screen

Five historical novels in Blanche d’Alpuget’s ‘Birth of the Plantagenets’ series (Ventura) have been optioned for television/film by Ironbark Media. Rights were sold via Jeanne... Read more

City of Fremantle extends support and increases prize money for T A G Hungerford Award

The City of Fremantle has renewed its sponsorship of the T A G Hungerford Award, a biennial prize recognising the first full-length, unpublished work of fiction... Read more

Melbourne writers, literary organisations receive council arts grants

Several writers and literary organisations have received a share of more than $830,000 in funding from the City of Melbourne as part of its annual... Read more

Odgers wins Alice Literary Award

The Society of Women Writers has awarded the 2018 Alice Literary Award to author Sally Odgers. The Alice Literary Award is presented in the form of a... Read more


Slee wins inaugural Banjo Prize

HarperCollins Australia has announced journalist Tim Slee as the winner of the inaugural Banjo Prize for an unpublished work of Australian commercial fiction for his manuscript... Read more


‘Last King of the Cross’ wins inaugural Danger Prize

John Ibrahim’s memoir Last King of the Cross (Pan) has won the inaugural Danger Prize, awarded for the best book, film or TV drama about... Read more


Hope Prize winners announced

The winners of the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s 2018 Hope Prize for short stories have been announced. Finnegan Kruckemeyer won the $10,000 first prize for... Read more


‘Overland’ Victoria University Short Story Prize 2018 winners announced

Katerina Gibson has won the 2018 Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for new and emerging writers for her story ‘How to disappear into yourself... Read more


Grills wins ‘Lifted Brow’ Prize for Experimental Nonfiction

Literary journal the Lifted Brow has selected Eloise Grills as the winner of its 2018 Prize for Experimental Nonfiction for her piece ‘big beautiful female theory’. Grills... Read more


Writers Vic to launch digital writers-in-residence program for carers in 2019

Writers Victoria will launch a new digital writers-in-residence program for carers in 2019, after it received an arts grant from the City of Melbourne in... Read more


New bookshop Rabble Books & Games opens in Perth

A new bookshop has opened in the Perth suburb of Maylands. Rabble Books & Games opened on 1 June and is situated on the Eighth... Read more


Alternative Nobel literature prize shortlist announced

In Sweden, the New Academy has announced a shortlist of four authors for a new prize in literature, reports the Guardian. The shortlisted authors are French-Caribbean novelist... Read more

Rights deals up at 2018 Beijing International Book Fair

The Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) has reported a 7.9% increase in rights deals at this year’s fair compared with deals made at the 2017... Read more

US arts agency awards US$325,000 in translation grants

US federal arts-funding agency National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced the 25 recipients of its Literature Translation Fellowships worth US$325,000 (A$451,000) in total.... Read more


Ebook marketer ordered to pay Amazon US$75,000

Amazon has won US$75,000 (A$104,000) in an arbitration case against ebook marketer Thomas Glenn of the Dominican Republic, reports GeekWire. The case was one of five... Read more

Audible UK revenue grows by 45%

Audible UK has reported a 45% growth in revenue in 2017 to £97 million (A$174.4m), up from £67.1 million (A$120.7m) in the previous year, reports the... Read more

South African publishers to be investigated over price fixing

The South African Competition Commission will investigate the Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA) and its 91 members over allegations of fixing the prices and... Read more


‘100 Dogs’ named Sainsbury’s children’s book of the year

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has announced the winners of the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards, reports the Bookseller. The children’s book of the year prize was awarded to... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Jeanne Ryckmans at the Cameron Creswell Agency has sold the television/film option to five novels in the ‘Birth of the Plantagenets’ series (Blanche... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

For the first time since its release in July, The 104-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan) has dropped down to second spot in the weekly... Read more

Shaun Tan's ‘Tales From the Inner City’

‘These are metaphorical stories that will seep into your dreams and make you wake up longing to escape from the inner city, to be among... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We are either ignoring, or describing, exploring or grappling on the contested ground of stolen lands, with unsettled matters. This is the fuel of creativity in the engine room. This is the conversation we are having over and over in Australian letters.—Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature Alexis Wright discusses the power and purpose of literature in her Boisbouvier Oration at the Melbourne Writers Festival.



Books+Publishing magazine Issue 3 2018

Books+Publishing magazine’s third issue for 2018 is out now! It features 30 reviews of adult and children’s books publishing from September to November. Reviews: Of the 17 adult books... Read more


RiP Peter Corris

Sydney crime author Peter Corris has died, aged 76. Corris was the author of almost 90 books, including more than 40 in the Cliff Hardy... Read more

NZ to host 2020 World Library and Information Congress

The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) has announced that Auckland will host the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in August 2020. Around 3000... Read more

Devonport library reopens as part of $48m paranaple centre

Tasmania’s new Devonport Library has reopened as part of the $48 million multi-purpose building known as the paranaple centre, reports the Advocate. Jane Forward at... Read more

PRH US changes library ebook lending terms

In North America, Penguin Random House (PRH) has announced a change in its library ebook lending model, beginning 1 October 2018, reports Publishers Weekly. The... Read more


Season’s readings: 2018 Christmas highlights x

Sarah Farquharson and Nathania Gilson round up this year’s Christmas highlights. Fiction as you like it This Christmas features new offerings from several bestselling Australian... Read more


The Christmas wrap-up: 2018 children’s highlights x

Jackie Tang picks some highlights from publishers’ Christmas lists. Headliners Several high-profile authors have new titles out this Christmas, including national treasure Alison Lester who... Read more

Reader leaves Ventura x

Ventura Press creative director Eleanor Reader is leaving the company to pursue a career overseas. In-house marketing and creative will be taken over by Sophie... Read more

Entries open for 2018 Deborah Cass Prize for Writing

Submissions for the 2018 Deborah Cass Prize are now open, and will close on 2 October. The annual prize is open to emerging writers from... Read more

Entries open for 2018 Penguin Literary Prize

Submissions are now open for the 2018 Penguin Literary Prize, which aims to find and develop new Australian authors of literary fiction and nonfiction. The... Read more

Editors NSW: Word Styles workshop

Editors NSW is running a workshop on Word Styles, a feature for defining the levels and elements of a manuscript, presented by trainer Denise Tsagaris. The... Read more

Entries open for SLV's Foundry658 program

Applications are open for business development program Foundry658, which is run by the State Library of Victoria (SLV) and partners. The program aims to help... Read more

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NewSouth congratulates NSW Premier’s History Award winners

NewSouth is thrilled that Caroline Twomey’s The Battle Within: POWs in postwar Australia has received the Australian History Prize and Paul Irish’s Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney took home the NSW Community and Regional History Prize at the 2018 NSW Premier’s History Awards. Congratulations to all the winners and shortlisted authors.

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NewSouth Books congratulates 2018 QLD Literary Awards shortlisted publishers and authors

Big congratulations from NewSouth Books to these publishers and authors on their inclusion in the 2018 QLD Literary Awards Shortlist.

From NewSouth Publishing, Beautiful Balts: From displaced persons to new Australians by Jayne Persian and The Battle Within: POWs in postwar Australia by Christina Twomey; from Wild Dingo Press, The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar; and from Giramondo, Tracker by Alexis Wright, Chatelaine by Bonny Cassidy, I Love Poetry by Michael Farrell and The Honeymoon Stage by Oscar Schwartz.

To order please contact TL Distribution.
Phone: +61 (2) 8778 9999. Email: orders@tldistribution.com.au.


NewSouth to distribute Sydney University Press titles

Sydney University Press is pleased to announce that from 1 September, our titles will be distributed in Australia and New Zealand by NewSouth Books.

Please direct orders to TL Distribution.
Phone: +61 (2) 8778 9999. Email: orders@tldistribution.com.au.


Muswell Press joins Bloomsbury with ‘A Beer in the Loire’

Muswell Press is a proudly independent publisher with 50 years’ experience at the helm. Bloomsbury are thrilled to be launching their list in ANZ with the funny and endearing expat memoir about making beer in wine country, A Beer in the Loire (Jan 2019). For more information about Muswell titles, contact your Allen & Unwin sales representative.

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Phone: 1800 338 836. Email: orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au.




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