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12 September 2018
 

All the Ways to Be Smart 

Smart is not just ticks and crosses, smart is building boats from boxes. Painting patterns, wheeling wagons, being mermaids, riding dragons … From the award-winning... Read more
 

 

MWF reports ‘strongest first day’ in ticket sales; Boochani tops bestseller chart x

This year’s Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF), which ran from 24 August to 2 September, attracted audiences that were ‘excited by the fresh offer’ of a more... Read more
 

Dennis Jones & Associates: staff owed $170,000, secured creditor owed $250,000 x

The liquidators of Dennis Jones & Associates (DJA) held a creditors’ meeting in Melbourne on Monday, 10 September. Liquidators Scott Howell and Steven Kugel from The... Read more
 
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Australian publishers report interest in parenting, children’s titles in Beijing x

Independent Australian publishers attending the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF), running from 22-26 August, have reported interest in the categories of children’s, parenting, and education.... Read more
 

 

Writers, literary orgs among latest OzCo funding recipients

Twenty-nine writers and literary organisations are among the recipients of the latest Australia Council grants round, which awarded $6.3 million to more than 200 projects.... Read more
 

 

Copyright Agency awards Create grants to five writers

Five writers and one visual artist have received Create grants, worth a total of $105,000, from the Copyright Agency. The grants went to the following writers:... Read more
 
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Lush announced as SWF head of children’s & YA programs x

The Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) has appointed Amelia Lush as its new head of children’s and YA programs. Lush has been a children’s and YA... Read more
 

 

Over 30,000 take part in ILD; Fill a Bookshelf campaign raises over $51,000

Over 30,000 students, libraries and other organisations have taken part in the Great Book Swap campaign for Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD), held this year on... Read more
 

 

McLean’s debut mystery novel sold in four territories

Australian author Felicity McLean’s forthcoming debut novel The Van Apfel Girls are Gone (HarperCollins, April 2019) has been sold in four territories, including to Algonquin... Read more
 
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Clan Destine Press acquires Ngaio Marsh winner x

Clan Destine Press has acquired world (ex NZ) rights to Australian-born New Zealand-based author Jennifer Lane’s debut novel All Our Secrets (Rosa Mira Books NZ). All... Read more
 

Australian Centre Literary Awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of the University of Melbourne’s Australian Centre Literary Awards have been announced. Wesley Michel Wright Prize ($4000) On the Outskirts (John Kinsella, UQP)... Read more
 

 

Melbourne Prize for Literature finalists announced

Finalists have been announced for this year’s Melbourne Prize for Literature, as well as the Best Writing Award and the Readings Residency Award. The finalists for... Read more
 

 

Hunter wins $10,000 for 2018 ACU poetry prize

Australian Catholic University (ACU) has announced Castlemaine-based poet Annie Hunter as the winner of the 2018 ACU Prize for Poetry, worth $10,000, for her poem... Read more
 

 

CHASS Australia Book Prize 2018 longlist announced

The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) has announced the longlist for the 2018 Australia Book Prize. The prize, worth $3500, is... Read more
 

 

Harper wins Barry Award for Best First Novel

Jane Harper has won the Barry Award for Best First Novel for her 2017 novel The Dry (Pan). The annual literary crime awards, named for... Read more
 

 

Orr, Groth named as finalists in Canadian children's book awards

Two Australian authors are among the finalists of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s (CCBC) children’s book awards. Dragonfly Song (A&U) by Canadian-born Australian author Wendy Orr... Read more
 

 

NZ author Salmond shortlisted for UK Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize

New Zealand author Anne Salmond’s Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds (Auckland University Press) has been shortlisted for the British Academy’s 2018 Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize.... Read more
 

 

Subbed In 2018 Chapbook Prize finalists announced

The finalists for the 2018 Subbed In Chapbook Prize have been announced. The 14 manuscripts selected as finalists are: ‘Plunge the Mirkwood’ (Sumudu Samarawickrama) ‘Unicorns... Read more
 

 

Jackson-Bourke named inaugural Emerging Pasifika Writer in Residence

Auckland-based playwright Leki Jackson-Bourke has been announced as the inaugural Emerging Pasifika Writer in Residence. Run by the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) at... Read more
 

 

RMIT students to host 2018 Odyssey Literary Festival on genre

Students from RMIT University’s Professional Writing and Editing program will host the Odyssey Literary Festival in Melbourne on 13 September. This year’s festival, which is... Read more
 

 

New short story prize launched for adults writing for children

Australian children’s literature electronic magazine Buzz Words has launched a new short story prize for adults writing for children. The Buzz Words Short Story Prize... Read more
 

Quote of the week x

‘Teens—maybe more than ever—need to be included in our cultural programming in thoughtful, and challenging ways … they are integral to continuing the culture of... Read more
 

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Curtis Brown Australia has sold ANZ rights to The Van Apfel Girls are Gone (Felicity McLean) to HarperCollins; North American rights to Algonquin;... Read more
 

 

Bestsellers this week x

The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, Wiley) is still number one on the weekly bestseller chart, while The 104-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan) has dropped... Read more
 

 

Waterstones buys Foyles

British bookshop chain Waterstones has acquired independent bookselling chain Foyles, reports the Bookseller. Foyles has been a family-run business for 115 years, and currently operates... Read more
 

 

IPA condemns issue of international arrest warrant for exiled Turkish publisher

In Turkey, a court has issued an Interpol red notice for exiled Turkish publisher and human rights activist Ragip Zarakolu, reports Turkish newspaper Ahval. Zarakolu is the... Read more
 

 

Queer literature festival to launch in India

In India, a new literary festival for LGBTIQIA+ readers and writers will be hosted by the city of Lucknow in November, reports the Times of... Read more
 

Vietnamese publisher recalls book with disputed Chinese map

In Vietnam, Hanoi-based publisher the Gioi (World) Publishing House and its partner Dinh Ti Books Company have recalled an educational book, after readers spotted the... Read more
 

 

National Translation Award 2018 shortlists announced

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) has announced the shortlists for the National Translation Awards for poetry and prose. The shortlisted titles in each category... Read more
 

Maitland councillors lodge rescission motion over public library funding

In NSW’s Lower Hunter Valley region, three Liberal councillors from Maitland City Council have lodged a motion to reverse council support for public library funding, following the state... Read more
 

$132k granted to regional NSW mobile library for upgrades

The Clarence Valley Council has upgraded its mobile library service after being granted $132,000 by the NSW state government for a new van, reports the... Read more
 

Scotland launches national strategy for school libraries

A new national strategy has been launched for school libraries in Scotland, after consultation with over 30 schools, reports BBC News. The recently published strategy... Read more
 

Consenting adults: Kate Cuthbert on the romance novel and representations of sexuality after #MeToo

Escape Publishing managing editor Kate Cuthbert gave the keynote address at this year’s Romance Writers of Australia conference. This is an edited extract of her... Read more
 

 

From Bega to the big city: Myoung Jae Yi discusses Book Expo 2018 x

Candelo Books owner Myoung Jae Yi embarked on a trip to the 2018 Book Expo in New York City as part of a prize sponsored... Read more
 

 

Podcast spotlight: Conversations with Writers

Launched in 2017, Conversations With Writers (CWW) goes ‘beyond the press tour Q&As to discuss how their experiences and beliefs shape who they are and... Read more
 

Stephen Giles’ ‘The Boy at the Keyhole’ x

‘Commercial crime fiction fans would do well to pick up this gem of a slow-burning thriller but should be advised to go in with as... Read more
 

Change for Secret Girl’s Business

Publisher: Secret Girl’s Business Old distributor: Dennis Jones & Associates New distributor: Booktopia Publisher Services (BPS) Changeover date: 11 September 2018 Returns not accepted Contact... Read more
 

Change for Sid Harta Publications

Publisher: Sid Harta Publications Old distributor: Dennis Jones & Associates New distributor: Booktopia Publisher Services (BPS) Changeover date: 11 September 2018 Returns not accepted Contact... Read more
 

Change for Dirt Lane Press

Publisher: Dirt Lane Press ISBN prefix: 97806480238 Old distributor: Dennis Jones & Associates New distributor: Peribo Changeover date: 12 September 2018 Returns not accepted Contact... Read more
 

Changes at Simon & Schuster Australia

Caitlin Withey has joined Simon & Schuster Australia in the newly created position of International & Client Product Director. Anna Stelter has been promoted to... Read more
 

Jane Finemore appointed Queenscliffe Literary Festival programmer

It is with great excitment that the committee of the Queenscliffe Literary Festival, heading into it’s 5th year in 2019, has appointed Jane Finemore to... Read more

Five Mile suspends MOV until 31 December 2018

To thank all our retail partners for their ongoing support, Five Mile is suspending its minimum order value (MOV) requirements until 31 December 2018. All... Read more

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