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6 February 2019



A tale of mystery and imagination laced with terror. By the bestselling author of Dark Matter and Thin Air, an outstanding new piece of storytelling,... Read more
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VPLAs 2019: Manus detainee Boochani wins $100k top prize

Writer, journalist and Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani, currently detained on Manus Island, has won the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature for his book No Friend... Read more

Victorian government calls on university to reverse decision on MUP

Victorian minister for creative industries Martin Foley has called on the University of Melbourne to reverse its decision to overhaul Melbourne University Publishing (MUP). In... Read more
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MWF to move to State Library Victoria

The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) will move its headquarters this year to State Library Victoria (SLV), after 10 years of being based at Federation Square.... Read more


Quaedvlieg ends contract with MUP

Former Australian Border Force commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg is the first author to publicly terminate a book contract with Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) after the resignation of... Read more
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Transit Lounge sells ‘Soon’ to UK in two-book deal; acquires first kids’ book

Transit Lounge has sold world English-language rights (ex ANZ) to Soon (Lois Murphy) in a two-book deal to UK independent publisher Titan. Soon, which is... Read more


Moriarty’s ‘Bronte Mettlestone’ sold to UK

Jill Grinberg of Jill Grinberg Literary Management has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (ex ANZ) to The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone (Jaclyn Moriarty,... Read more


Hager wins Margaret Mahy Medal

Wellington-based author Mandy Hager has won the 2019 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, presented annually for lifetime achievement and distinguished contribution to New Zealand children’s literature.... Read more


‘The Trauma Cleaner’ longlisted for Wellcome Book Prize

Sarah Krasnostein’s The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay and Disaster (Text) has been longlisted for the UK’s Wellcome Book Prize. The... Read more


Wakefield launches dedicated YA list

Adelaide-based small publisher Wakefield Press will launch a dedicated YA list this year, under the direction of newly appointed publisher Margot Lloyd. Wakefield aims to... Read more

Inaugural summit of Australian Children’s Laureates announced for 2019

The Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation (ACLF) will hold the inaugural Australian Children’s Laureate Summit on 28 February and 1 March 2019 in Sydney. The event... Read more


Echo to publish ‘Tattooist of Auschwitz’ sequel in October

Echo Publishing will publish a sequel to Heather Morris’ bestselling novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz in October. Cilka’s Journey follows the story of one of... Read more


‘KYD’ announces Varuna fellowships

Kill Your Darlings (KYD) will partner with Varuna to offer a week-long fellowship for the writers shortlisted for KYD’s 2019 unpublished manuscript award. The fellowship will take... Read more

Amazon reports 31% net sales increase in 2018

Amazon has released full-year financial results, showing a net sales increase of 31% in 2018. The retailer earned net sales of US$232.9 billion (A$321.3bn) this... Read more


New Salinger writings to be published, confirms son

The unpublished work of J D Salinger will be published in the near future, Salinger’s son Matt Salinger has confirmed in an interview with the Guardian.... Read more

All-women shortlist announced for inaugural Selfies Awards

In the UK, BookBrunch has announced the shortlist for the inaugural Selfies Awards for a self-published novel. The new prize was unveiled in December 2018, and... Read more


YA author postpones debut release following social media controversy

In the US, YA author Amélie Wen Zhao has asked her publisher to postpone the release of her debut novel following social media backlash, reports the... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Spinifex has sold Turkish-language rights to Feminist Fables (Suniti Namjoshi) to Güldünya Yayınları. Transit Lounge has sold world English-language rights (ex ANZ) to Soon (Lois Murphy)... 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 this week: PRH and Harper fiction dominate highest new entries chart x

The Fast 800 (Michael Mosley, S&S) is back at number one on this week’s bestseller chart, proving to be fierce competition for The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape,... Read more

Nicola Redhouse's ‘Unlike the Heart: A Memoir of Mind and Brain’ x

‘Redhouse’s illness and recovery after both children, and how it relates to her own ideas of motherhood is another strand of this memoir. In this... Read more

Manus detainee Boochani accepts the Victorian Prize for Literature x

‘This proves that words still have the power to challenge inhumane systems and structures. I have always said that I believe in words and literature. I believe that literature has the potential to make change and challenge structures of power.’—Poet, journalist and Kurdish refugee Behrouz Boochani accepts the Victorian Prize for Literature via a pre-recorded speech from Manus Island.



RiP Andrew McGahan

Author Andrew McGahan has died, aged 52. Born in the Queensland town of Dalby in 1966, McGahan grew up on the family farm, before moving... Read more

RiP Colin Johnson aka Mudrooroo

Prolific writer, activist and academic Colin Johnson, also known as Mudrooroo, has died in Brisbane, aged 80. Born in Narrogin, WA, Johnson was one of... Read more

State Library NSW launches short film prize

The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) has launched a short film prize to encourage filmmakers to engage with the library’s collection, reports ArtsHub. Films submitted... Read more

Researchers hitting Elsevier paywall up to 10,000 times a day

Researchers at German universities are hitting Dutch journal publisher Elsevier’s paywall up too 10,000 times a day, reports Nature. Over a year after a number of... Read more


Sister act: The story of The Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop

Co-owner Mary Wadsworth tells the story of The Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop in Auckland, New Zealand. In 1965 Dorothy Butler established the bookshop that my... Read more

Jennifer Custer has joined Elwin Street Productions

Jennifer Custer has joined the newly created position of North American & Asian Sales Director at Elwin Street Productions in London. Jennifer Custer begins the... Read more

ABIA nominations closing soon

Australian Publishers Association (APA) would like to remind publishers that nominations for the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) close 5pm, Monday 11 February. See the Nominations... Read more

Schwartz City now distributed by Books at Manic

Schwartz City, art book imprint of Black Inc., is now distributed by Books at Manic.

For sales and distribution please contact Books at Manic on +61 3 9380 5337 or manicex@manic.com.au.
Returns cut-off to United Book Distributors is 28 February 2019.

Visit the website: schwartzcitybooks.com




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