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24 October 2018


Queensland Literary Awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards (QLAs) were announced on 23 October. The winning titles in each category are: Fiction ($15,000) Taboo (Kim... Read more
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‘Pulse Points’ wins 2018 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction

Jennifer Down’s short story collection Pulse Points (Text) has won the 2018 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Pulse Points was chosen from a shortlist of six... Read more

Mununggurr-Williams wins 2018 Australian Poetry Slam

Darwin-based Djapu poet Melanie Mununggurr-Williams has won the 2018 Australian Poetry Slam national final, reports the Guardian. At the national final held at the Sydney... Read more
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Most Underrated Book Award 2018 shortlist announced

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the shortlist for the 2018 Most Underrated Book Award. The shortlisted titles are: Gwen (Goldie Goldbloom, Fremantle Press) Living... Read more


Walkley Book Award 2018 longlist announced

The Walkley Book Award longlist for 2018 has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Trace: Who Killed Maria James? (Rachael Brown, Scribe) A Long Way... Read more
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Australian children’s books shortlisted for Japan’s Sakura Medal

Five Australian children’s books have been shortlised for Japan’s Sakura Medal. Jeannie Baker’s picture book Circle (Walker) has been nominated in the picture books category, while in... Read more


‘Liminal’ founder McIntosh nominated for Victorian Young Australian of the Year

Founder and editor-in-chief of Liminal magazine Leah Jing McIntosh has been announced as one of four nominees for Victorian Young Australian of the Year. A writer and... Read more


Birch to give inaugural State of the (Writing) Nation oration

Writers Victoria in partnership with State Library Victoria (SLV) has announced a new annual oration called State of the (Writing) Nation. Each year, Writers Victoria... Read more


Le, Saleh awarded inaugural Affirm Press Mentorship for Sweatshop Writers

Vietnamese-Australian writer Shirley Le and Palestinian-Australian poet Sara Saleh, of Western Sydney-based literacy collective Sweatshop, have been announced as the inaugural recipients of a new mentorship... Read more


UWAP celebrates 10 years of publishing Australian poetry

UWA Publishing (UWAP) has celebrated its 10th anniversary of publishing Australian poetry. UWAP’s first poetry collection, Martin Harrison’s Wild Bees: New and Selected Poems, was... Read more


Mostly Books celebrates 41st birthday

Adelaide bookshop Mostly Books will celebrate its 41st birthday with a free event on 8 November. Situated in the inner-southern suburb of Torrens Park, Mostly... Read more


Affirm acquires middle-grade debut at auction; opens unsolicited submissions for kids list x

Affirm Press has acquired middle-grade novel Hattie Maxwell and the Library of Lost Words by debut Melbourne author Julianne Negri at auction via Jacinta di... Read more


2019 Scribblers Festival Schools Program announced

The program for the Scribblers Festival Schools Program, which runs from 8-10 May 2019 in Claremont, Western Australia, has been announced. Launched last year, Scribblers... Read more


Redgum Book Club acquires school book fair provider Central Book Suppliers x

Redgum Book Club has acquired school book fair provider Central Book Suppliers (CBS). Established in 2014, Redgum provides in-school book clubs to schools nationwide, with... Read more

CLNZ announces recipients of 2018 Contestable Fund Grants

Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) has announced the recipients of this year’s round of the Contestable Fund Grants. The fund supports strategic projects that demonstrate... Read more

Hachette offers booksellers direct download of digital assets

Hachette Australia has launched a new digital asset sharing system via its website. The new system allows booksellers to login and download digital marketing assets... Read more


‘Elmet’ wins 2018 Polari First Book Prize

UK writer Fiona Mozley has won the 2018 Polari First Book Prize for her debut novel Elmet (John Murray), reports the Bookseller. The prize is awarded annually... Read more


PRH US merges Crown, Random House divisions

Penguin Random House (PRH) US has merged two major adult divisions, Crown Publishing Group and Random House Publishing Group, reports Publishers Weekly. Random House president... Read more

61% of Canadian publishers are producing audiobooks, up from 16% in 2015

In Canada, 61% of publishers are producing audiobooks, up from 16% in 2015. According to a recent study on audiobook use published by BookNet Canada,... Read more


PEN America sues Trump over freedom of speech

In the US, literary and human rights organisation PEN America is suing President Trump for alleged violations of America’s First Amendment (which protects freedom of... Read more

Four UK bookshops nominated for Britain’s Best Small Shop

In the UK, four independent bookshops have been nominated for Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2018, reports the Bookseller. The annual competition, managed by the... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction Monash University Publishing has sold Greek-language rights for Half the Perfect World: Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955-1964 (Paul Genoni & Tanya... Read more


Bestsellers this week x

This week’s bestseller chart sees the same three titles as last week dominating the list: Nine Perfect Strangers (Liane Moriarty, Pan) at number one, The Barefoot Investor For... Read more

Brad Cooper's ‘The Finest Gold’

‘While The Finest Gold is ostensibly a sporting memoir—and it does cover in fascinating detail the punishing regimes and mental requirements for success—its real charm... Read more

Quote of the week x

‘In a shrinking and fragmented media environment a publicist’s job can be challenging but having a group of book publicists and journalists in a room does remind you how much the content that we generate is still very desirable.’ Publishers Publicity Circle Australia chair Louise Cornege discusses the recently formed group’s plans for the future.



RiP Patricia O'Donnell

Literature patron Patricia O’Donnell has died, aged 72. O’Donnell was a significant patron of the arts in Melbourne, and was a founding donor of the... Read more


State Library NSW seeks UNESCO listing for Unaipon manuscript

The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) will display a manuscript by Indigenous writer, inventor and polymath David Unaipon and is preparing a case for it... Read more


SLWA releases 2018-2022 strategic plan

The State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) has released its strategic plan for 2018-2022. The key objectives of the strategic plan include: to embrace digital... Read more

Canadian partnership to enhance First Nations library services

In the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, a new partnership is aiming to increase library resources on First Nations reserves, reports the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).... Read more


Making the deal: The state of rights sales in the UK x

While the UK remains a tough market for Australian publishers to break into, UK indies are showing an interest in Australian voices, reports Catherine Moller. Several... Read more


Louise Cornege on the Publishers Publicity Circle x

A networking group for UK publicists, the Publishers Publicity Circle (PPC), launched an Australian chapter this year. Allen & Unwin head of publicity Louise Cornege... Read more


Podcast spotlight: Hope Book Club

Launched in 2018, the Hope Book Club is a podcast focusing on books that will ‘enrich your life’. Co-hosts Katrina Roe and Natasha Moore discuss... Read more

Varuna: Copyright Agency Fellowships for First Nations Writers

The 2019 round of fellowships for Indigenous writers is now open under a program developed by Varuna the National Writers’ House, Magabala Books, Sydney University... Read more

Editors NSW: Seminar on ethics in editing

Editors NSW is running its biennial seminar on ethics in editing, which this year focuses on ethics facing editors, both in their business dealings and... Read more

Bilingual children's book ‘My Two Blankets’ to launch in Melbourne on 25 October

Three new bilingual editions of My Two Blankets (Irena Kolbald, illus by Freya Blackwood)—in Arabic, Farsi and Dari, and all with English—will be launched at Readings Carlton as part of National Unity Week.

The English version of My Two Blankets was published in 2014. Through an innovative partnership between the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and Hardie Grant Egmont, the new bilingual versions have been created in the three most common languages spoken by members at the ASRC.

These editions will be launched by Joe Lo Bianco, Melbourne’s global authority on bilingual education, along with the book’s authors and translators.

Event details:

Date: Thursday 25 October 2018
Time: 6 pm
Venue: Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon St
Bookings are available here (free, but recommended).




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