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31 January 2019

Books+Publishing office move

Books+Publishing has moved to a new office location. Please send all future postal items, including manuscripts for review, to the following address: Books+Publishing, Level 1,... Read more
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B+P launches round-up of forthcoming publicity

Books+Publishing has launched a weekly publicity round-up, covering forthcoming publicity for Australian and internationally authored books due to appear in Australian media over the coming... Read more


Adler, MUP board directors resign amid university tensions

Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) CEO Louise Adler and four independent directors of the MUP board have resigned after the university proposed a new focus on... Read more
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Book industry figures among 2019 Australia Day honours recipients

A number of book industry figures have been recognised in the annual Australia Day honours. Children’s author Jennifer Rowe was made a Companion (AC) in... Read more

Book sales up marginally in 2018; five Australian titles in top 10 x

Book sales grew marginally in Australia in 2018, with like-for-like growth up 1.3% in volume and 1.4% in value on the previous year, according to... Read more
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Writer and blogger Yang detained in China

Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun has been detained by Chinese authorities, reports SBS News. A critic of the Chinese government and an advocate for democracy, Yang... Read more


UQP signs Kurmelovs in two-book deal x

UQP has acquired ANZ rights to two books by Royce Kurmelovs via Melanie Ostell Literary. The first book, Just Money: A Story of Debt and the Bankers... Read more


Dymocks launches Wiggles shop

Chain retailer Dymocks has become the new retail partner for children’s entertainment group the Wiggles, offering a range of books and merchandise via a dedicated... Read more


‘Kindred’ anthology to tour, thanks to OzCo funding

A number of organisations and individuals were among the recipients of the Australia Council’s latest grants round, which awarded $6.6 million to almost 200 projects.... Read more


UNSW Bookshop reopens with new cafe and event spaces

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has reopened the UNSW Bookshop after a major refurbishment, with a reading room, central room for events, and... Read more


Booktopia counting down ‘Australia’s favourite author’

Booktopia is running its annual promotion to find ‘Australia’s favourite author’ via a public vote. On 29 January Booktopia announced 75 finalists for Australia’s favourite... Read more


Scriven wins Margaret River Short Story Competition

Writer Kit Scriven has won the 2019 Margaret River Short Story Competition for his story ‘We’ll Stand in That Place’. Catherine Noske came in second... Read more


Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2019 longlists announced

The longlists for the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards have been announced. The longlisted titles in each category are: Fiction The Man Who Would... Read more

Man Group withdraws Booker sponsorship

In the UK, hedge fund company Man Group has withdrawn its sponsorship of the Booker Prize. The sponsorship departure will not affect this year’s awards... Read more


Van Es awarded Costa Book of the Year for ‘The Cut Out Girl’

In the UK, Bart van Es has been awarded the £30,000 (A$54,900) Costa Book of the Year award for his biography The Cut Out Girl (Fig... Read more


ALA Youth Media Awards 2019: Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Stonewall

In the US, the American Library Association (ALA) has announced the winners of its Youth Media Awards, including the Newbery and Caldecott medals. Meg Medina’s... Read more


Makkai, Laymon win 2019 ALA Andrew Carnegie Medals

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the winners of the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals. The fiction prize was awarded to Rebecca Makkai for The Great... Read more

Jacaranda receives £25k in donations for #Twentyin2020 initiative

In the UK, independent press Jacaranda Books has received anonymous donations totalling £25,000 (A$45,240), reports the Bookseller. The donations came after the press revealed its... Read more

Wattpad launches data-driven publishing division

In the US, online storytelling platform Wattpad is launching a publishing division called Wattpad Books. Producing both print and ebooks, Wattpad Books will launch its... Read more

Goldsmiths Prize expands eligibility criteria

In the UK, the Goldsmiths Prize has expanded its eligibility criteria, allowing authors of any nationality to enter, as long as they have resided in... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Giramondo has sold Danish rights to Border Districts (Gerald Murnane) to Forlaget THP. Nonfiction Black Inc. has sold Arabic rights in Saudi Arabia to The... Read more


Publicity round-up x

This year, Books+Publishing will publish a weekly publicity round-up, covering forthcoming publicity for Australian and internationally authored books due to appear in Australian media over... Read more


Bestsellers: ‘Places We Swim’ a fast mover amid summer heatwaves x

After a brief stint at the top of the bestseller’s chart last week, The Fast 800 (Michael Mosley, S&S) has dropped to second spot on this... Read more

Gabrielle Tozer’s ‘Melody Trumpet’

‘Gabrielle Tozer has previously written three young adult novels, most recently Remind Me How This Ends. She excels in smart, snappy dialogue and imbues her... Read more

‘The Saturday Paper’ shelves anonymous book reviews

‘The problem with pseudonymous reviewing is that it deprives us, as readers, of encountering strong critical voices and developing a relationship with them at a point when Australian book reviewing is more tenuous than ever.’—Deakin University academic Emmett Stinson on the Saturday Paper‘s ‘experiment’ with anonymous book reviews.


$2m donation to SLV funds new children's quarter, literacy programs

Philanthropists John and Pauline Gandel have donated $2 million to State Library Victoria (SLV) that will go towards the creation of free children’s literacy programs and... Read more

Library advocates recognised in Australia Day 2019 honours

A number of library advocates have been recognised in the annual Australia Day honours. Long-term member of the State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW)... Read more


British Library reduces gender pay gap by a third

The British Library (BL) has reduced its gender pay gap by a third, with women earning a mean hourly rate of 3.9% less than men in... Read more


Bound together: Kate Richards on ‘Fusion’ x

Kate Richards’ Fusion (Hamish Hamilton, February 2019) tells the story of conjoined twins, their carer, and an injured stranger who is brought into their isolated... Read more

Speech Pathology Australia Book of Year Award: nominations are open

Nominations for the 2019 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards are now open. These awards are in their 16th year and promote children’s... Read more



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