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12 December 2018

Final ‘Weekly Book Newsletter’ for 2018, ‘Special Bulletin’ coming

Today’s Weekly Book Newsletter will be the last for 2018. The first Weekly Book Newsletter for 2019 will be published on Wednesday 16 January. The last Daily... Read more

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2019 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Fiction Flames (Robbie Arnott, Text) Ironbark (Jay Carmichael, Scribe)... Read more

Presser wins 2018 Voss Literary Prize for ‘The Book of Dirt’

Author Bram Presser has won the 2018 Voss Literary Prize for The Book of Dirt (Text). The Voss Literary Prize is awarded to the best novel... Read more
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Collis wins 2018 ACT Book of the Year for ‘Dancing Home’

Paul Collis has won the 2018 ACT Book of the Year for his novel Dancing Home (UQP). Dancing Home, which won the 2016 David Unaipon... Read more

Book industry figures among OzCo’s arts leaders

Several literary arts workers have been selected for the 2019 Australia Council leadership programs. Participants in the 2019 Future Leaders program include former Black Inc.... Read more

Saleh, Abdel-Fattah to edit anthology about growing up Arab in Australia

Picador has announced it will publish a new anthology in 2019 about growing up Arab in Australia, to be co-edited by activist and poet Sara... Read more
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Agent ordered to pay $514k after losing lawsuit against Morton

Literary agent Selwa Anthony has lost her lawsuit in the NSW Supreme Court against former client Kate Morton, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Anthony has... Read more

IPEd announces keynotes for 2019 conference

The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) has announced four keynote presentations for its ninth National Editors Conference, held in Melbourne on 8-10 May 2019. Keynotes include:... Read more

HarperCollins acquires McKinnon’s second novel

HarperCollins has acquired world rights to Catherine McKinnon’s second novel, The Great Time, via Jeanne Ryckmans at the Cameron Creswell Agency. Set during World War... Read more
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NewSouth sells Gordon-Smith debut to US, UK

NewSouth has sold North American rights to Australian academic Eleanor Gordon-Smith’s forthcoming debut Stop Being Reasonable to PublicAffairs. The nonfiction book (previously titled What Makes... Read more

James wins Horne Prize

The Saturday Paper and cosmetics company Aesop announced writer Daniel James as the winner of the $15,000 Horne Prize 2018 for his essay ‘Ten More... Read more

Ko wins Deborah Cass Prize 2018

Writer Karina Ko has won the 2018 Deborah Cass Prize for emerging writers from migrant backgrounds for her manuscript extract ‘Things I used to Believe’.... Read more

Adaptations win at AACTA Awards 2018

The 2018 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards have been announced, with many of the awards going to book-to-screen adaptations. The award... Read more

Readings Foundation announces 2019 grant recipients

The Readings Foundation has chosen nine Victorian organisations to share in $146,700 worth of grants in 2019. The grant recipients are: Aboriginal Literacy Foundation: $20,000... Read more

UK industry agrees to code of conduct to address sexual harassment, discrimination x

‘We have tried to go further than to remind everyone of what unacceptable behaviour looks like. We have tried to press “reset” on our complex... Read more

Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Affirm Press has sold multiple translation rights to The Nowhere Child (Christian White) via Kaplan/Defiore: Greek-language rights to Pedio Publishing, Turkish-language rights to... Read more

Bestsellers: ‘The Meltdown’ number one for fourth week running x

This week’s top 10 bestsellers chart sees book 13 in Jeff Kinney’s ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series The Meltdown (Puffin) in the top spot for... Read more

RiP Harriet McKnight

Writer and editor Harriet McKnight (1988–2018) has died. She grew up in Bermagui and spent several years studying music and performing around Melbourne before deciding... Read more

Activist author made director of Mexico’s largest state-owned publishing house

Author and activist Pablo Ignacio Taibo II has been made director of Mexico’s largest state-owned publishing house, Fondo de Cultura Económica (FCE), reports Publishers Weekly.... Read more

UK Society of Authors issues ‘Brexit Briefing’

The UK’s Society of Authors (SoA) has issued a report outlining the vulnerabilities faced by the UK’s creative industries during the government’s Brexit negotiations, reports... Read more

Margery C Ramsay scholarship recipients to research VR and augmented reality in libraries

The State Library of Victoria has awarded to 2018 Margery C Ramsay scholarship to siblings Scott Mundell, from Yarra Plenty Regional Library, and Steven Mundell,... Read more

SLQ conservator named 2018 Conservator of the Year

State Library of Queensland (SLQ) conservator Kelly Leahey has won the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials’ (AICCM) 2018 Conservator of the Year award.... Read more

Report shows 127 UK libraries closed last year

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has found that 127 libraries closed in the UK last year and a continued decline in... Read more

Audiobooks, data-driven publishing discussed at FutureBook 2018 x

The ‘audio gold rush’, data-driven publishing and the importance of surprise in an increasingly algorhythmic world were some of the topics covered at this year’s... Read more

Podcast spotlight: The Wheeler Centre podcast

Established in 2010, The Wheeler Centre (TWC) podcast features full recordings of talks hosted in TWC building in Melbourne. TWC senior digital editor Jon Tjhia... Read more

Christmas predictions: Louise Pfanner from Gleebooks in Sydney

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 sellers and ‘surprise... Read more

Alison Evans’ ‘Highway Bodies’

‘Highway Bodies is a compassionate story imbued with softness, which helps make the intense horrors and violence more digestible. Evans’ second novel shares similarities with... Read more

Change for Souvenir Press

Publisher: Souvenir Press Old distributor: NewSouth Books New distributor: Profile Books Changeover date: 1 January 2019 Returns cut-off: 1 February 2019

Staff changes at Australian Booksellers Association

Robbie Egan has joined the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) as Chief Executive Officer.  He is currently working alongside outgoing CEO Joel Becker, who will be... Read more

Australian Reading Hour 2019

The Australian Reading Hour (ARH) is calling out for involvement in its event on 19 September 2019. ARH is seeking ambassadors for 2019, preferably one children’s... Read more

Melbourne Book Market: Christmas event

Melbourne Book Market will be held on Sunday, 16 December at Queen Victoria Market for a special Christmas event. The market includes booksellers of secondhand,... Read more

World Illustration Awards 2019 is open for entries

The UK-based Association of Illustrators (AOI) in partnership with US-based Directory of Illustration announces that the World Illustration Awards (WIA) 2019 is open for entries.... Read more

NewSouth Books congratulates Giramondo authors on the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

Big congratulations from NewSouth Books to Gerald Murnane for Border Districts (Giramondo), winner of the Fiction category, and Brian Castro for Blindness and Rage: A... Read more

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