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3 October 2018


George and Clare, the Malachite and the Diamonds: Play With Knives Book Five

This last novel in Jennifer Maiden’s ‘Play With Knives’ quintet, George and Clare, the Malachite and the Diamonds experiments across poetry, prose, style, person, action and... Read more
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Inaugural recipients of $150k The Next Chapter initiative announced

The Wheeler Centre (TWC) has announced the 10 inaugural recipients of the 2018 Next Chapter grants for developing writers, each worth $15,000. The recipients of... Read more


Egan announced as incoming ABA CEO

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced Robbie Egan as incoming CEO, beginning in early December 2018. Currently the group operations manager at Readings, Egan... Read more
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HarperCollins, Hardie Grant, S&S and Walker join forces in NZ sales and marketing agency x

HarperCollins has announced a new combined sales and marketing agency in New Zealand, which will represent Hardie Grant, Simon & Schuster (S&S) and Walker Books.... Read more


Vu, Thomas win 2018 Inky Awards

Peter Vu and Angie Thomas have won the 2018 Inky Awards, presented by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria. Peter... Read more
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ASA announces 2018 Barbara Jefferis Award shortlist

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the shortlist for the 2018 Barbara Jefferis Award. The shortlisted titles are: The Trapeze Act (Libby Angel,... Read more


SPN Independent Publishing Conference 2018 program: publishing in the age of Trump, podcasts, disability awareness

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the full program for its 2018 Independent Publishing Conference, which will run at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne... Read more

Minister admits NSW arts funding was redirected to Sydney Symphony Orchestra

NSW arts minister Don Harwin has admitted that some money from a Create NSW funding round was diverted to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO), meaning... Read more


PRH acquires Ronnie Scott’s ‘The Adversary’ in two-book deal

Penguin Random House (PRH) has acquired ANZ rights to Ronnie Scott’s debut novel The Adversary in a two-book deal. PRH acquired rights at auction to... Read more


Brow Books signs Grills in two-book deal; Ord’s ‘diary comic’ to publish in February

Brow Books has acquired world rights to big beautiful female theory by writer and artist Eloise Grills as part of a two-book deal. Described as... Read more


PRH sells Stevenson crime-thriller debut in US and UK

Penguin Random House (PRH) has sold North American and UK (ex ANZ) rights to debut crime-thriller Greenlight (Michael Joseph) by Sydney-based author Benjamin Stevenson. PRH... Read more


Pages and Pages opens dedicated event space

Pages and Pages Booksellers, situated on Sydney’s North Shore in the suburb of Mosman, has announced it is opening a new dedicated event space. Following... Read more


Melbourne bookshop Collected Works to close in November x

Melbourne bookshop Collected Works will not be renewing its current lease, according to owner Kris Hemensley, who runs the shop with his wife, Loretta. Currently... Read more

EU council allows VAT-free status for ebooks and audiobooks

The European Union’s (EU) Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) has agreed to allow all EU member states to reduce the amounts of value-added tax... Read more


Blakemore wins 2018 Royal Society Science Book Prize

In the UK, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore has won the £25,000 (A$44,140) Royal Society Science Book Prize for her book Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage... Read more


Goldsmiths Prize 2018 shortlist announced

In the UK, the shortlist for the 2018 Goldsmiths Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Kudos (Rachel Cusk, Faber) Murmur (Will Eaves, CB Editions)... Read more


Giller Prize 2018 shortlist announced

In Canada, the shortlist for the C$100,000 (A$108,000) 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize for the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English has... Read more


Diversity reforms introduced at Carnegie, Greenaway awards following review

The UK’s Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) has made several changes to the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway awards, following an independently chaired... Read more


Love Your Bookstore campaign to run in US

In the US, a number of book industry figures have created the Love Your Bookstore campaign to promote physical bookstores, reports Publishers Weekly. The campaign... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Melanie Ostell Literary has sold world rights to The Whistler Calls (Greg Woodland) to Text. Penguin Random House (PRH) has sold North American... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Liane Moriarty’s latest novel Nine Perfect Strangers (Macmillan) has debuted at number one on this week’s top 10 bestseller chart, causing The Clockmaker’s Daughter (Kate Morton,... Read more

Toni Jordan's ‘The Fragments’ x

‘Jordan’s writing moves at a fast skip and her descriptions of retail shifts and pre-internet research processes are particularly convincing. It’s a treat to step... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘The funding raid is especially galling because it is effectively a reverse Robin Hood: taking from the poorly funded independent sector to give to one of the wealthiest and best supported cultural organisations in the country’Ben Eltham describes the response to the revelations that NSW arts minister Don Harwin diverted money from a recent Create NSW funding round.



RiP David Lovell

Publisher David Lovell has died, aged 74. Lovell was the founder and publisher of David Lovell Publishing (DLP), which published books based around the Catholic... Read more


State Library of NSW opens dedicated children's learning centre

The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) has opened a new purpose-built children’s learning centre, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Facilitated by a $1 million donation... Read more


Christchurch's $92.7m public library set to open this October

The new $NZ92.7 million ($A89m) Tūranga public library, the ‘most modern’ and largest in the South Island of New Zealand, will officially open to visitors... Read more

Dutch library wins 2018 Public Library of the Year

The School 7 library in the Netherlands (KopGroep Libraries) has won the Public Library of the Year award for 2018, reports Dutch News. Announced at... Read more


Stretching the truth: Jack Heath on ‘The Truth App’ x

The Truth App (Scholastic, September) is the first book in YA author Jack Heath’s five-book junior-fiction series ‘Liars’, described by reviewer Heath Graham as a ‘non-stop action-adventure ride’... Read more


Podcast spotlight: Bookish Friends

Established in 2016, Bookish Friends is a YA and genre fiction podcast created by Diem Nguyen. Each episode features a mix of conversation, book reviews, and interviews... Read more

Varuna: Publisher Introduction Program applications open

Varuna, the Writers’ House is calling for applications for Publisher Introduction Program (PIP). The program includes a seven-day residency at Varuna and a manuscript consultation.... Read more

CBCA 2019 conference announced

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced that its National Conference will be held from 31 May to 2 June 2019 at QT... Read more

MidnightSun acquires debut author in two-book deal

MidnightSun Publishing has acquired world rights to debut author S J Morgan’s novels Heaven Sent and Boomerang in a two-book deal.

Contemporary YA novel Heaven Sent, released in October 2018, follows Evie as her life is turned upside down when handsome Gabe crashes through her bedroom wall, claiming to be her saviour.

A gritty, psychological thriller for adults, Boomerang follows Alec and Sindy as they escape a biker gang and Thatcher’s Britain to the harsh outback on the other side of the world. Boomerang is due for release in September 2019.

MidnightSun publishing director Anna Solding anticipates that the novels will garner interest in the international market due to their gripping plots and universal themes.

‘Sue is from the UK, where much of Boomerang is set, which gives it a very authentic feel. Her own experiences with scoliosis colour Heaven Sent and give readers of the book insights into an important medical theme that is rarely mentioned,’ says Solding.

Solding plans to take both books to the London and Frankfurt Book Fairs.


Eurospan announce distribution deal with TLD in Australia

Effective from 1 October, Eurospan has appointed TLD to provide its clients with in-territory distribution services for Australia and New Zealand. The relationship will provide local stockholding, dispatch, invoicing and customer services for all Eurospan’s trade and direct customers in the territories. Eurospan is a UK based class leading marketing, sales and distribution service for academic, professional, scientific and medical publishers in territories outside North America.

Ken Rhodes, Managing Director of Eurospan, said, ‘We’re delighted to have come to agreement with TLD to help us service the Australia and New Zealand territories. We have been expanding very rapidly across the extended pacific region and we are thrilled to have found such a partner in TLD.’

Warwick Teale, CEO of TLD, said, ‘This partnership provides Eurospan with the unique opportunity to leverage off TLD’s existing IT infrastructure, print on demand offering, local Customer Service and the existing relationships with all major retailers and booksellers including our new player in the Australian market, Amazon. We’re excited to be part of Eurospan’s strategic plan to expand into this region. TLD is Australasia’s largest independent publishing supply chain provider and has been providing distribution services to International Trade and Academic Publishers for over 20 years.’




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