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26 September 2018



A powerful YA novel about three young women caught in the battles of their own times.  After the success of Hexenhaus in 2016, Nikki McWatters... Read more
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Australian Reading Hour: 1240 orgs, 2324 readers participate

More than 1240 organisations and 2324 readers registered to participate in Australian Reading Hour (ARH) on 20 September, a huge increase in participation from last... Read more

Leading Edge restructures, Marinov departs

Leading Edge Group has restructured its business and Leading Edge Books national group manager Galina Marinov has been made redundant. Leading Edge has dissolved its... Read more
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Vivas to join Hardie Grant Egmont as publisher x

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) has appointed Ana Vivas to the newly created role of publisher. In her new role at HGE she will ‘champion the... Read more


Horne Prize backflips on rule change, Marr and Funder quit as judges

The Saturday Paper and Aesop have removed a controversial rule change to the Horne Prize, acknowledging that the changes ‘were restrictive and should not have... Read more
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Funder quits as judge for Horne Prize

Author Anna Funder has quit the judging panel for the Horne Prize, after a rule change about which judges were not consulted, reports the Australian.... Read more


Educational Publishing Awards 2018 winners announced

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has announced the winners of the 2018 Educational Publishing Awards Australia (EPAA). Promoting Literacy Development was named Primary Publisher of... Read more


Text dominates shortlist for 2018 CHASS Australia Book Prize

The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) has announced the shortlist for the 2018 Australia Book Prize, with Text Publishing responsible for... Read more

T A G Hungerford Award 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2018 City of Fremantle T A G Hungerford Award has been announced. The shortlisted manuscripts are: ‘Father of the Lost Boys’... Read more


Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing has been announced. The shortlisted pieces are: ‘Amid fear and guns, polio finds... Read more


SPN announces Isdahl, Dattner as conference keynotes

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the keynote speakers for the 2018 Independent Publishing Conference, which runs from 22-24 November 2018 in Melbourne. Danika... Read more


PRH offers $100k funding for kids’ booksellers amid Puffin brand revival

Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia has announced it will offer a total of $100,000 in funding to booksellers that run children’s reading programs. Australian bookstores... Read more


‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ to be adapted as TV miniseries

Synchronicity Films will adapt Heather Morris’ The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Echo) as a television drama miniseries. The project is currently in development, with Australian writer-producer... Read more


Third O'Neill title sold to UK’s Lightning Books

UK publisher Lightning Books has acquired UK and Commonwealth (excluding ANZ) rights to Ryan O’Neill’s 2012 debut short story collection The Weight of a Human... Read more


Giramondo acquires McGregor’s ‘photoessay memoir’ on ‘Indelible Ink’

Giramondo has acquired world rights to a ‘photoessay memoir’ called A Novel Idea by Sydney author and performance artist Fiona McGregor, via Jane Novak of... Read more


Readings SLV moves to larger site amid library redevelopment

The Readings bookshop at State Library Victoria (SLV) has moved to a larger shop space, due to the $88.1 million redevelopment of SLV. The new... Read more


Wyld, Howard, Younus announced as inaugural participants of Writers SA residency project x

Author Karen Wyld, journalist Jane Howard and poet Manal Younus have been announced as the inaugural participants of Writers SA’s new Writers and Readers in Residence... Read more


Booktopia wins people’s choice award at Telstra Business Awards

Online bookseller Booktopia has won the people’s choice award at the national finals of the Telstra Business Awards. Announced at an awards dinner on 20... Read more

Recipients of CLNZ/NZSA Research Grants announced

Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) and the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) have announced the four recipients of the 2018 CLNZ/NZSA Research Grants, each... Read more


Man Booker Prize 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize has been announced. The six shortlisted titles are: Milkman (Anna Burns, Faber) Washington Black (Esi Edugyan, Serpent’s Tail) Everything... Read more

UK children's book market reports growth; YA down 22%, children's nonfiction up 10.2%

In the UK, the children’s book market has reported steady growth between August 2017 and August 2018, reports the Bookseller. The children’s market has shown... Read more

Kuala Lumpur named World Book Capital for 2020

Kuala Lumpur (KL) has been named as the UNESCO World Book Capital (WBC) for 2020. The city was selected due to its ‘strong focus on inclusive... Read more


Scottish Book Trust announces new fellowship for writers in English, Scots or Gaelic

Scottish Book Trust has announced a new fellowship program for writers based in Scotland and working in English, Scots and Gaelic, reports Book Brunch. The... Read more

Annual funding for Icelandic publishers may lead to drop in book prices

The Icelandic government has announced ISK 400 million (A$4.9m) in annual grant funding for book publishers as part of a plan to promote the Icelandic... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Black Inc. has sold UK and Commonwealth (excluding ANZ) rights to The Weight of a Human Heart (Ryan O’Neill) to Lightning Books. (See... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Kate Morton’s new novel The Clockmaker’s Daughter (A&U) has debuted at number one on this week’s bestsellers chart, knocking Scott Pape’s The Barefoot Investor (Wiley) back down to... Read more

Leigh Sales’ ‘Any Ordinary Day’ x

‘Using her incisive journalistic skills, Sales presents the reader with both scientific research and vivid descriptions of her own and others’ encounters with tragedy. She... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We can learn a lot by seeing what ideas and topics people considered unacceptable even 20 years ago … That helps us to see the value of reading outside our own comfort zones, and in making sure we champion different voices.’— CEO of Index on Censorship Jodie Ginsberg celebrates the freedom to read and challenge censorship during Banned Books Week.



First of SLV $88.1m redeveloped spaces revealed

State Library Victoria (SLV) has opened the first of its renovated spaces as part of its $88.1 million ‘Vision 2020’ redevelopment. The new spaces include two... Read more


SLQ opens Queensland’s first ‘tool library’

The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has partnered with the Brisbane Tool Library to open Queensland’s first tool library, reports the Age. The membership-based service, located... Read more

Best Small Library in America 2018 announced

In the US, Madison County Public Libraries (MCPL) has won Library Journal’s 2018 award for Best Small Library in America, reports USA Today’s Citizen Times.... Read more


Tracking changes: Jacqueline Kent on ‘A Certain Style’ x

Seventeen years after A Certain Style was first published, Jacqueline Kent’s biography of Australia’s first full-time book editor Beatrice Davis is being reissued for a... Read more


Digital Book World: Bradley Metrock on interactive books, accessibility and voice-first publishing

Digital Book World (DBW) executive producer Bradley Metrock offers some insights on the topics that will be covered DBW conference, which will run from 2-4... Read more


Podcast spotlight: The First Time Podcast

Launched in 2018, The First Time is a weekly podcast about the first time someone publishes a book. Supported by the ACT Writers Centre, Writers... Read more

Vreedenburgh appointed RWA president x

Bree Vreedenburgh has been appointed president of Romance Writers of Australia (RWA), following the resignation of Joanne Boog.

Drinks and networking event: Junior and young people in publishing

Junior and young people in publishing are invited to an evening for drinks and networking, supported by the Australian Publishers Association. This evening is designed... Read more

Editors NSW: The business of being a freelance editor

Editors NSW is presenting a workshop on the business of being a freelance editor with Rhonda Daniels, owner of freelance editing business Right with Rhonda. Sessions include:... Read more

A&U acquires ANZ rights to ‘Four Dead Queens’

Allen & Unwin has acquired ANZ rights to YA fantasy novel Four Dead Queens by Australian author Astrid Scholte. A&U will publish simultaneously with the United States, where Four Dead Queens will be released by PRH. International buzz is already building and this debut heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent.

Four Dead Queens will be published on 1 March 2019. This standalone novel features a teenage thief who discovers all four of her nation’s queens have been brutally murdered. She teams up with the messenger she stole from to figure out who did it.

Publisher Jodie Webster says: ‘Astrid is a wonderful new talent on the Australian YA scene and we are delighted to welcome her to Allen & Unwin. I am thrilled to be publishing her debut fantasy novel, Four Dead Queens, which has a brilliant premise, dynamic characters, cinematic world-building and an electrifying plot full of tension and suspense.’




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