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10 October 2018


Pape’s ‘The Barefoot Investor for Families’ breaks record for first-week sales in Australian nonfiction

Scott Pape’s The Barefoot Investor for Families (HarperCollins) has become the fastest-selling Australian nonfiction title, after selling 74,600 copies with a value of $1.7 million... Read more
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Winton’s ‘The Riders’ to be adapted for film

Tim Winton’s The Riders (Penguin) will be adapted into a feature film produced by director Ridley Scott’s production company Scott Free, reports Deadline Hollywood. A... Read more


Giese wins 2018 Victorian Premier’s History Award for ‘The Maddest Place on Earth’

Clinical psychologist Jill Giese has won the 2018 Victorian Premier’s History Award, worth $5000, for her book The Maddest Place on Earth (Australian Scholarly Publishing),... Read more
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Sweatshop to partner with DARTS on first nationwide anthology

Western Sydney-based literacy collective Sweatshop will partner with Diversity Arts Australia (DARTS) to deliver a series of literary initiatives, including its first nationwide project. Sweatshop... Read more


Digital Writers' Festival announces 2018 program

The program for the 2018 Digital Writers’ Festival (DWF), which runs from 30 October to 3 November, has been announced. More than 140 guests will... Read more
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Richell Prize 2018 shortlist announced

Hachette Australia and the Emerging Writers’ Festival have announced the shortlist for the 2018 Richell Prize for emerging writers. The shortlisted writers and their works... Read more


Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers 2018 shortlist announced

Scribe and Express Media have announced the shortlist for this year’s Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers. The shortlisted works are: ‘Her Body as in... Read more


NZ Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement 2018 announced

Creative New Zealand has announced the winners of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement, worth NZ$60,000 (A$54,760) each. Māori dramatist and fiction writer... Read more


UQP acquires Riwoe’s historical novel ‘On Gold Mountain’

The University of Queensland Press (UQP) has acquired world rights to historical novel On Gold Mountain by Brisbane-based writer Mirandi Riwoe. Set on the goldfields... Read more


Transit Lounge acquires new fiction by Savage, Bird

Transit Lounge has acquired world rights to new novels by Angela Savage and Carmel Bird. Savage’s fourth novel, Mother of Pearl, is set in Thailand... Read more


Hardie Grant acquires book based on podcast ‘The Full Catastrophe’

Hardie Grant Books has acquired world rights to The Full Catastrophe, based on the podcast of the same name, via Jeanne Ryckmans at Cameron Cresswell... Read more


Debut novel ‘Half Moon Lake’ sold to US

US and Canadian rights to Kirsten Alexander’s debut novel Half Moon Lake (Bantam, January 2019) have been acquired by Grand Central, an imprint of Hachette... Read more


NZ picture book on Trump sold to UK x

New Zealand publisher Millwood Press has sold UK, Irish and Australian rights to picture book Dear Donald Trump (Sophie Siers, illus by Anne Villeneuve) to... Read more


‘Alice-Miranda’ animated telemovie in production

SLR Productions has commenced production on an animated telemovie based on Jacqueline Harvey’s Alice-Miranda (Random House Children’s) series of children’s books, reports Mediaweek. Originally announced... Read more


Margaret River to collaborate with Singapore's Ethos Books on anthology

writingWA has announced a collaboration between Margaret River Press and Singapore publisher Ethos Books to publish an anthology of previously unpublished short fiction Due to... Read more


Mātātuhi Foundation to offer writing, reading, literacy grants

The Auckland Writers Festival (AWF) has launched a new foundation that will support New Zealand writers and fund activities that contribute to New Zealand’s literary... Read more


AO presented to literary festival founder Garnaut

In Beijing, literary festival founder and CEO of M Restaurant Group Michelle Garnaut has been presented with a medal of the Order of Australia (AO)... Read more


PRH to expand to Southeast Asia in 2019

Penguin Random House (PRH) will launch a publishing operation in Southeast Asia in 2019. Based in Singapore, the new company will publish local and international... Read more

S&S UK before-tax profit doubles in 2017

In the UK, Simon & Schuster (S&S) made a before-tax profit of £5.9 million (A$10.9m) in 2017, up 56% from 2016, reports the Bookseller. Turnover was up... Read more


US$75,000 Cundill History Prize 2018 shortlist announced

In Canada, the shortlist has been announced for the Cundill History Prize, which rewards ‘the best history writing in English’. The shortlisted titles are: Red... Read more


Inaugural JCB Prize for Literature shortlist announced

In India, the shortlist has been announced for the inaugural 2018 JCB Prize for Literature, which aims to ‘foster greater translation between Indian languages’ and promote... Read more


Shortlist announced for 2018 Baillie Gifford Prize

In the UK, the shortlist for the £30,000 (A$54,720) Baillie Gifford Prize, which recognises nonfiction writing by authors of any nationality, has been announced. The... Read more


Dark Horse, Macmillan, Disney among winners at Digital Book World Awards

In the US, the winners of the Digital Book World (DBW) Awards have been announced. The awards are presented as part of the DBW conference,... Read more

US BookScan data to migrate to new system x

In the US, NPD BookScan will transition from the Nielsen platform to NPD’s own system, following the market research firm’s acquisition of Nielsen’s Book Services... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Lyn Tranter at Australian Literary Management has sold world rights to The Students (Sarah Hopkins) to Text. Natasha Solomun of Jacinta di Mase... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Scott Pape’s The Barefoot Investor for Families (HarperCollins) has debuted at number one on this week’s bestseller chart and has broken the record to become Australia’s... Read more

Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys’ ‘All the Ways to be Smart’

‘Suitable for children aged two to six years old, All the Ways to be Smart is a celebration of what childhood can be, and it will likely... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘Good editors, where once they would have put all their time into the text, now have tons of other corporate and bureaucratic responsibilities, as well as pressure from higher up to deliver certain things.’—UK industry figures respond to recent criticisms by the Man Booker Prize judges about the editing of some of this year’s prize submissions.


‘Students Need School Libraries’ campaign website launched

The School Library Coalition has launched the ‘Students Need School Libraries’ website, with the campaign set to begin on 16 October. The campaign ‘seeks to highlight... Read more


NT library welcomes resident creative Fraser-Bell

Emerging artist C J Fraser-Bell has commenced her residency at the Northern Territory Library (NTL), after being announced as one of four Territory artists to... Read more

Libraries gain in 2019 US federal budget

In the US, federal legislation will ensure level or increased funding for library programs into the new financial year, reports American Libraries Magazine. The ‘Federal... Read more


Finding home: Fiona Wright on ‘The World Was Whole’ x

With her second essay collection The World Was Whole, Fiona Wright ‘continues to set the standard for the essay form in Australia’, writes reviewer Jo Case.... Read more


Podcast spotlight: Words and Nerds

Launched in 2017, Words and Nerds is a conversational podcast in which the host ‘interviews both established and independent authors about their writing process, and... Read more

Memorial service for Albert Ullin to be held on 1 November

A public memorial service to celebrate the life of The Little Bookroom founder Albert Ullin will be held on Thursday, 1 November at 2.30pm at... Read more

‘All the Ways to Be Smart’ reprinted ahead of publication

All The Ways to be Smart (Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys) to be published on October 15 by Scribble, has already been reprinted before publication, following huge support and enthusiasm in the trade for this third release from the award-winning duo.

Early reviews for All The Ways to be Smart are in:

‘Joyous, imaginative and life-affirming…will likely become a classic’—Books+Publishing

‘The perfect picture book’ —Words & Illustrations

  • Publicity tour: Brisbane (Riverbend Books 18/10, Where the Wild Things Are, 19/10 ), Sydney (Better Read Than Dead 25/10), Melbourne (Kids Book Fest at Fitzroy Town Hall 13/10, Storytime at Readings Kids 26/10, Book Launch at North Fitzroy Library 28/10 ). Please contact Kate O’Donnell for bookshop visits.
  • International rights already sold in France and Italy. Previous books sold into 10+ territories.
  • Over 10,000 copies of their previous book Under the Love Umbrella sold.
  • The duo has previously been awarded ABIA Small Publisher Children’s Book of the Year (winner 2016, shortlisted 2018), ABDA Best Designed Children’s Illustrated Book (2016 & 2018), CBCA Crichton Award (2016).

Order your copies through UBD.




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