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17 October 2018


Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2018 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction A Long Way from Home... Read more
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ANZ authors nominated for 2019 Astrid Lindgren Award

Ten authors and illustrators from Australia and New Zealand and one Australian organisation have been nominated for the 2019 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The Australian... Read more


OzCo appoints Adrian Collette as CEO

The Australia Council for the Arts has appointed Adrian Collette as its incoming chief executive officer. Collette worked in publishing for a decade, including as... Read more
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Allen, Blackadder awarded 2018 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship

Screenwriter Jane Allen and author Jesse Blackadder have been jointly awarded the 2018 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship. Allen and Blackadder will travel to Antarctica in... Read more


Spencer wins 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award for ‘The Age of Fibs’

Sydney-based writer Beth Spencer has won the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award for her short-story collection The Age of Fibs. Author and prize judge... Read more
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‘Dinner Detectives’ creators win global pitching competition

Australian children’s book creators Yves Stening and Nigel Buchanan have won a pitching competition at the world’s biggest children’s entertainment industry event, MIPJunior, reports the... Read more


‘The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart’ to be adapted for TV

Australian producer Bruna Papandrea’s company Made Up Stories has acquired screen rights to Holly Ringland’s debut novel The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (Fourth Estate),... Read more

HarperCollins signs Blackwood in two-book deal x

HarperCollins has signed a two-book deal with children’s book illustrator Freya Blackwood. The first book in the deal is a yet-to-be-titled picture book about a... Read more


Hachette to launch ‘Fortnite’ publishing program

Hachette Australia, in association with Hachette divisions in the UK, USA, France and Spain, has announced a publishing program based on the popular game Fortnite. In... Read more


Opening Scene initiative introduces writers to screen producers

The Wheeler Centre and the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) have launched a three-year program to introduce writers to screen producers. The Opening Scene program... Read more


‘KYD’ to publish annual print collection of short fiction

Kill Your Darlings magazine (KYD) will publish an annual print collection of short fiction, with the inaugural collection to be released in October 2019. New... Read more


Māori, Pasifika writers to travel to London for Oceania exhibition

Five New Zealand writers will travel to the UK in November to showcase Māori and Pasifika literature alongside the Oceania art exhibition at the Royal Academy... Read more

APA announces publisher hosts for 2018 Publishing Industry Internship program

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) will run its Publishing Industry Internship Program (PIIP) again in 2019, following last year’s program. The program offers higher education... Read more


ASA to wind up print magazine after 50 years

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced it will no longer produce its biannual print magazine, Australian Author, and will transition to digital publishing.... Read more


Aussie children’s book creators chosen to pitch at global kids entertainment event

Australian children’s book creators Yves Stening and Nigel Buchanan are one of five intellectual property owners selected to pitch at the world’s biggest children’s entertainment... Read more


Burns wins 2018 Man Booker Prize

Northern Irish writer Anna Burns has won the 2018 Man Booker Prize for her third novel, Milkman (Faber). She is the first Northern Irish author... Read more


‘Sweet Fruit, Sour Land’ wins 2018 Not the Booker Prize; judges overrule public vote

Sweet Fruit, Sour Land (Sandstone Press), by London-based author Rebecca Ley, has won the Guardian’s 2018 Not the Booker Prize. Judges overruled the public vote,... Read more


Condé wins alternative Nobel prize

Guadeloupean novelist Maryse Condé has won the New Academy Prize in literature, a one-off award created to replace this year’s Nobel Prize for literature, which... Read more

Global publishers warn of phishing scams targeting manuscripts

A succession of phishing scams targeting publishers and agents has prompted responses from several global publishers, reports the Bookseller. Penguin Random House (PRH) North America... Read more


Over one million books self-published in the US in 2017

In the US, more than one million books were self-published in 2017, breaking the record for the the total number of titles self-published in a... Read more


National Book Award 2018 shortlists announced

In the US, the finalists for the 2018 National Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Fiction A Lucky Man (Jamel Brinkley, Graywolf... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Zeitgeist Media Group Agency has sold screen rights to The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (Holly Ringland) to Made Up Stories. (See news.)... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

Nine Perfect Strangers (Liane Moriarty, Macmillan) is back at the top of this week’s bestsellers chart after debuting at number one two weeks ago, relegating The Barefoot Investor... Read more


Australian bestsellers in September: ‘Scrublands’ and ‘The Barefoot Investor’ top charts x

Australian crime-thrillers are currently dominating the fiction bestsellers chart, with Chris Hammer’s debut novel Scrublands at number one for September following its release a month... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘We should not be afraid of people consuming other forms of media. For us, this is a positive. Ultimately it drives people back to the book. And consumers have demonstrated that they are willing to pay for content’—In his opening keynote at the Frankfurt Book Fair, HarperCollins UK CEO Charlie Redmayne said that consumers have demonstrated that they are willing to pay for content, as long as the quality, platform and price are in line with their expectations.



RiP Mary Midgley x

UK philosopher and writer Mary Midgley has died, aged 99. Midgley was a prominent moral philosopher, publishing over 15 books on science, ethics, the environment... Read more


SLNSW 2019 fellowships announced

The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) has announced the six recipients of its 2019 research fellowships, including the inaugural Dr A M Hertzberg Fellowship, which... Read more


New items at SLV's World of the Book exhibition

State Library Victoria’s (SLV) free World of the Book exhibition has reopened, with more than 300 additional items on display including some never-before-exhibited material. Rare... Read more

UK School Librarian of the Year announced

In the UK, librarian Emma Suffield from Saint Wilfrid’s Church of England Academy in Lancashire has won the 2018 School Librarian of the Year Award,... Read more


Bridging borders: Philippa Donovan on working between Australia, the UK and the US x

Literary consultant and book-to-film/TV scout Philippa Donovan has recently returned to Australia after working in the UK and the US. She shares her career journey.... Read more


Podcast spotlight: The Full Catastrophe

The Full Catastrophe is a ‘live therapy session [where] guests tell stories about when life got so bad it got funny’. Recorded live at Sydney theatre... Read more

Black Inc.’s ‘Best Summer Stories’ x

‘It’s rarely possible to give an anthology a perfect score—there are always a few stories that fail to hit the mark—but Best Summer Stories comes very close.’... Read more

Amber Gilchrist has joined Exisle Publishing

Amber Gilchrist has joined the newly created position of NSW Sales Manager at Exisle Publishing in Sydney. Amber Gilchrist begins the position on 14 January... Read more

Editors NSW: Basic copyright and copyright issues

Editors NSW is running a workshop with Olivia Lanchester, Legal Services Manager at the Australian Society of Authors (ASA), who will talk through the basics... Read more

‘This Imaginary Feeling of Being Australian’ now available

A political satire by Michael Nicholson available at www.mikenicholson.org or www.mikenicholson.com.

There is a seismic change in the political landscape and The Greens are swept into office with Adam Bandt becoming Prime Minister and Bob Brown becoming President.


S&S sells 2 millionth ‘Dork Diaries’

Simon & Schuster Australia is thrilled to announce they have invoiced more than 2 million copies of the bestselling Dork Diaries series.

The milestone further cements Dork Diaries as the #1 girls’ book series in Australia and New Zealand.

‘I’m doing a happy dance to hear Simon & Schuster Australia has sold their 2 millionth Dork Diaries book,’ said author Rachel Renee Russell. ‘Or as Nikki Maxwell would say, “That’s dork-tastic!”

‘Thank you to all the Australian and New Zealand booksellers who have helped introduce Nikki to a generation of readers.’

The thirteenth instalment in the blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling series, Dork Diaries: Birthday Drama! was published this week.




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