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28 November 2018


The Rip

The new novel from the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of Wimmera. An urban crime novel that slowly and masterfully hooks you in … then shocks... Read more
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Please complete our pre-Christmas survey

Books+Publishing is currently conducting its annual pre-Christmas survey of booksellers and publishers. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey online. Booksellers If you... Read more

Christmas closing list 2018 x

Company Last day of business in 2018  First day of business in 2019 Alliance Distribution Services Closed public holidays Allen & Unwin Friday, 21 December... Read more
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Christmas closing list: Final chance to submit dates

Publishers and distributors have one more chance to advise Books+Publishing of their Christmas closing dates by 5pm this Friday, 30 November. If your business doesn’t appear... Read more

Amazon unblocks Oz shoppers from US store

Australian consumers are now able to purchase and ship items from Amazon’s international website, according to a statement from Amazon. The retailer suspended shipping to Australian... Read more
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Publishers, authors welcome NZ Copyright Act review

The New Zealand government’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released an issues paper on the review of the Copyright Act, which has been... Read more


‘The Dead Still Cry Out’ wins Nib Literary Award

Helen Lewis’ The Dead Still Cry Out (Text) has won the Waverley Council’s Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award for 2018. The book tells... Read more


‘Living in Hope’ wins 2018 Most Underrated Book Award

A memoir by a member of the Stolen Generations, Living in Hope (Frank Byrne with Gerard Waterford & Francis Coughlan, Ptilotus Press), has won the Small Press... Read more


Serong wins inaugural Staunch Book Prize

Australian author Jock Serong has won the inaugural Staunch Book Prize for his novel On the Java Ridge (Text). The UK-based prize aims to ‘make... Read more


Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto Awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Scarlet Stiletto Awards, presented by Sisters in Crime, have been announced. Melbourne writer Philomena Horsley, a medical anthropologist who specialises... Read more


Scribe acquires Louise Omer memoir ‘Holy Woman’

Scribe has acquired world rights to a memoir about ‘faith, feminist spirituality, and a search for meaning’ by writer and critic Louise Omer, via Jane... Read more


Berbay acquires middle-grade series by Louise Park

Berbay Publishing has acquired world rights to a three-book middle-grade fiction series by Australian children’s author Louise Park. The first book in the series, titled Grace’s... Read more


Collins Booksellers opens in Thirroul, NSW

Collins Booksellers has opened a store in the town of Thirroul in New South Wales. Located 70km south of Sydney, Collins Thirroul is the only... Read more


Horne Prize 2018 shortlist announced

The Saturday Paper and skin care company Aesop have announced the shortlist for the $15,000 Horne Prize for narrative nonfiction. The shortlisted writers are: Melanie Cheng for... Read more


Pitt wins 2018 Walkley Book Award for ‘The House’

Journalist and author Helen Pitt has won the 2018 Walkley Book Award for The House (A&U). Chosen from a shortlist of three, Pitt’s book explores the... Read more


Book-to-screen projects receive Screen Australian funding

Two book-to-film adaptations feature among the projects receiving story development funding from Screen Australia. The projects, and their producers, are: A feature film adaptation of Finding... Read more


Pasifika dual-language resources win NZ award

In New Zealand, a series of books published by the Ministry of Education (MoE) to help Pasifika children with literacy has won the Pacific Service... Read more


Netflix to adapt Dahl classics into animated series

Netflix has secured the rights to adapt many of Roald Dahl’s works for screen, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Matilda and George’s Marvellous Medicine (all Puffin). It also... Read more


PEN Afrikaans criticises proposed changes to South Africa’s Copyright Act

In South Africa, PEN Afrikaans has joined international organisations in protesting against proposed changes to South African copyright law outlined in the Copyright Amendment Bill.... Read more


Costa Book Awards 2018 shortlists announced

In the UK, the shortlists for the 2018 Costa Book Awards have been announced. Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award are: The Silence of the... Read more

Chinese author jailed for publishing gay erotic novel

In China, an erotic novelist has been sentenced to over a decade in prison for writing and selling a gay porn novel, reports the Guardian.... Read more


‘The Joy of Waterboiling’ wins 2018 Diagram Prize

The Joy of Waterboiling (Achse Verlag) has won the 2018 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year presented by the Bookseller. The German cookbook is a guide... Read more


Bestsellers this week: Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ debuts at number eight x

Book 13 in Jeff Kinney’s ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series, The Meltdown (Puffin), remains at number one on this week’s bestseller chart, with Lee Child’s Past... Read more

Kate Richards’ ‘Fusion’

‘Part fairytale, part Australian Gothic thriller, Fusion is contemporary Australian literature at its finest and deserves multiple readings—an ideal selection for book clubs.’ … Read Jacqui... Read more

Alice Grundy on the Chinese children’s book industry

‘In a country where 20 million babies are born in a year and there are around 3000 bookshops in Shanghai alone, children’s book publishing is booming—and there’s room for growth.’Brio Books’ Alice Grundy reflects on the children’s book industry in China after taking part in the Shanghai Visiting International Publishers Project.



RiP Sandra Eterović

Melbourne-based illustrator Sandra Eterović has died. Eterović graduated from the University of Melbourne with Honours in Art History in 1992 and was the recipient of... Read more

Tasmania abolishes library fines statewide

Tasmania’s libraries are abolishing fines for items that are returned late to library branches statewide, reports ABC News. From December 2018, failure to return books... Read more

Nanango library to be upgraded for first time in nearly 60 years

Queensland’s South Burnett Regional Council will soon be calling for tenders for the upgrade of the Nanango Library, reports the South Burnett Times. The building,... Read more

ALA responds to racial profiling in libraries following two incidents

The American Library Association (ALA) has released a statement affirming its commitment to ‘providing library professionals with resources that support equity, diversity, and inclusion’, following... Read more


Bookish backchat: Elias Grieg on ‘I Can't Remember the Title but the Cover is Blue’ x

Author, academic and bookseller Elias Grieg’s debut book I Can’t Remember the Title but the Cover is Blue (A&U, December) is an ‘always amusing and often... Read more


Christmas predictions: James Redden from Harry Hartog in Canberra

In the lead-up to Christmas, the busiest time of year on the bookselling calendar, Books+Publishing is asking booksellers across the country to predict their biggest... Read more


Podcast spotlight: The New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Oral History Podcast

Launched in late 2018, the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Oral History podcast delves into the organisation’s archives, sharing authors’ stories of ‘fighting institutions,... Read more

Naheswaran joins Cengage Australia

Sabita Naheswaran has joined Cengage Australia in Melbourne as marketing executive. Naheswaran began the position on 22 November 2018. Previously, she was marketing coordinator at Bonnier... Read more

ALIA: Suggest an author for 2019 ALIA conference

The ALIA Information Online 2019 Conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Sydney from 11-15 February 2019, with an author panel on Wednesday 13 February 2019 (2:30 to 3:25... Read more

CBCA: Applications open for award judges

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is opening applications for judges for its 2020 and 2021 Book of the Year Awards. The judging panel... Read more

Submissions open for 2019 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults recognise and celebrate the best books for young readers produced annually. Titles published between 1... Read more

APA: EOIs now open for Bologna Children's Book Fair 2019

The Australian Publishers Association has opened expressions of interest (EOI) for publishers wishing to participate in the Australian collective stand at Bologna Children’s Book Fair... Read more

‘Living in Hope’ available from NewSouth Books

NewSouth Books is pleased to announce they will now be representing Ptilotus Press in Australia and New Zealand.

Ptilotus Press is the publisher of Living in Hope by the late Frank Byrne—winner of the SPN’s Most Underrated Book Award 2018.

Living in Hope (9780648062905) is available now from NewSouth Books.

To order please contact TL Distribution on (02) 8778 9999 or orders@tldistribution.com.au.




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