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27 February 2019


CBCA 2019 Notable Books announced

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its list of Notable Books for 2019. The books in each category are: Older readers Between... Read more
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James appointed director of UQP

Ben James has been appointed director of the University of Queensland Press (UQP), effective from 25 March. James will replace Jill Eddington, who retired from... Read more


‘Cardinal’ available in Victoria after suppression order lifts

After court suppression orders relating to the trial of Cardinal George Pell were lifted yesterday, 26 February, ABC journalist Louise Milligan’s book Cardinal: The Rise... Read more
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Australian Romance Readers Awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Australian Romance Readers Awards, presented by the Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA), have been announced, with Kylie Scott named favourite... Read more

Aurealis Awards 2018 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2018 Aurealis Awards, presented for science fiction, fantasy and horror writing in Australia, have been announced. The finalists are: Best science... Read more
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PRH announces new fellowship program for underrepresented writers

Penguin Random House (PRH) Australia has established an annual fellowship program that aims to ‘find, nurture and develop’ unpublished writers with a focus on underrepresented... Read more

Rockel wins UWAP Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript

Tasmanian author Angela Rockel has won the 2019 UWA Publishing (UWAP) Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript for her manuscript, ‘Rogue Intensities’. Rockel was... Read more


Readings Children’s Book Prize 2019 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Readings Children’s Book Prize for 2019 has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Ice Wolves: Elementals Book One (Amie Kaufman, HarperCollins) The... Read more


Inaugural crime fiction festival in Tasmania announces first guests

A new biennial festival focused on crime fiction has announced the first guests for its inaugural program. Taking place in Cygnet and locations around Tasmania’s... Read more


Dalton wins 2019 MUD Literary Prize for debut fiction

Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe (Fourth Estate) has won the 2019 MUD Literary Prize, awarded to a debut novel. Dalton receives a cash prize of... Read more


Skrzypczak awarded 2019 Kat Muscat Fellowship

Writer and educator Liana Skrzypczak has been awarded the 2019 Kat Muscat Fellowship. Skrzypczak, who was adopted from Korea into an Australian family, will use... Read more


Overland announces Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize shortlist

The shortlist for Overland’s Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize for travel-themed short fiction has been announced. The shortlisted entries are: ‘Kátharsis’ (George Haddad) ‘Folie à Deux’... Read more


Overland announces Judith Wright Poetry Prize shortlist

The shortlist for the 2018 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for new and emerging poets has been announced. The shortlisted poems are: ‘Surfing at black... Read more


ABR announces Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2019 shortlist

The shortlist for the 2019 Australian Book Review (ABR) Peter Porter Poetry Prize has been announced. The shortlisted poems are: ‘Dancing with Stephen Hawking’ (John... Read more


Melbourne couple wins at 2019 Prix Sorcières

Picture book Petit Soldat (Editions du Seuil), by Melbourne-based couple Pierre Jacques Ober and Jules Ober, has been awarded at the 2019 Prix Sorcières in... Read more

Increased Chinese government censorship causes printing delays

The Chinese government has implemented a new, strict policy for checking and restricting content in books that are printed in the country, resulting in delays... Read more

Pearson reports 9% revenue drop; PRH has ‘solid’ 2018

UK educational publisher Pearson, which owns a 25% stake in Penguin Random House (PRH), has reported company-wide results showing its 2018 revenue fell by 9%... Read more

PRH Southeast Asia announces inaugural list

The new Southeast Asia arm of Penguin Random House (PRH SEA) has announced its inaugural list of 93 titles, reports the Straits Times. The first... Read more


Scribner acquires new Irving novels in three-book deal

Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster UK, has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to three new novels by American writer John Irving. Darkness as... Read more

UK survey shows working class staff feel background adversely affects career

UK publishing industry staff who identify as ‘working class’ believe their background negatively affects their career in various ways, according to a survey conducted by... Read more


UK Society of Authors calls for TV shows to pay authors for research, appearances

The UK’s Society of Authors (SoA) is calling for television production companies to pay and credit consulting authors and historians for research they provide to... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction HarperCollins has sold Japanese-language rights to White Tiger (Kylie Chan) to Babel Press; and German-language ebook rights to The Innocent Mage, Innocence Lost,... Read more


Publicity round-up x

Books+Publishing’s weekly publicity round-up covers forthcoming publicity for Australian and internationally authored books due to appear in Australian media over the coming weeks. Fiction Mark... Read more


Bestsellers: Fiction dominates highest new entries chart x

This week’s top 10 bestsellers chart is looking very similar to last week’s, with every title in this week’s top 10 also appearing on last... Read more

Meg McKinlay and Leila Rudge’s ‘Let Me Sleep, Sheep’

‘Meg McKinlay and Leila Rudge are an ideal pairing: the lightness of tone and tongue-in-cheek nature of McKinlay’s words goes hand-in-hand with Rudge’s detailed yet... Read more

On reading, publishing and being working class

‘Reading is not a given for all. It is a tenuous product of years of nurturing that the more working class you are, the less likely you are to receive … If we want more working class stories, authors and editors then we have to look at how first we might encourage and develop working class readers.’—Marketing consultant and former New Zealand Book Council CEO Noel Murphy writes for the Bookseller’s blog on reading, publishing and being working class.


WA school library temporarily bans Harry Potter books

A school library in Western Australia has banned access to the Harry Potter series for two weeks to encourage students to read other books, reports... Read more

George Robertson Awards nominations open

The Australian Publishers Association has opened nominations for the George Robertson Awards. The awards acknowledge the contribution made by people who have devoted 30 years or... Read more

Editors Victoria: Dinner meeting with Joe Reich

For its first meeting of the year, the Victorian branch of IPEd (Editors Victoria) is trialling a new venue: the Coffee Head Cafe in Camberwell.... Read more

‘Boy Swallows Universe’ sells over 100,000 copies

HarperCollins Publishers Australia is celebrating a major milestone for Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe, which has now sold over 100,000 copies across all formats in Australia alone since its publication in July 2018.

Dalton’s debut novel has been embraced by readers around Australia and is now attracting critical acclaim–it was recently shortlisted for the 2019 Indie Book Awards and last week it was announced as the winner of the 2019 MUD Literary Prize. Boy Swallows Universe has also become an international publishing phenomenon—due to be published across all of the major publishing territories, and in more than 28 languages, with more deals to be announced in the near future, including for screen and theatre rights.




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