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27 March 2019


The Other Half of Augusta Hope 

‘Without a doubt one of the best books I have ever read—an extraordinary masterpiece’—Anstey Harris, author of The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton. ‘A... Read more
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Over 200 attend 2019 Leading Edge Books conference x

Just over 100 booksellers, more than 100 publishers and suppliers and 35 authors attended this year’s Leading Edge Books (LEB) conference, which was held in... Read more


ABA announces 2019 conference program; Halls to give keynote

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the program for its 2019 conference, to be held at Pullman Melbourne on the Park from 23-24 June. The conference... Read more
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First AWW from Jo Dyer attracts new audiences; Dalton tops bestsellers x

Adelaide Writers’ Week (AWW) has reported it brought new demographics to the 2019 festival, which ran from 2-7 March 2019. In her first year as... Read more

CBCA Awards 2019 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Older readers... Read more
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Report says up to 60 Big W stores could close

Up to 60 Big W stores may be forced to close according to a recent Macquarie Wealth Management report, first reported in the Australian. Woolworths... Read more


PRH to publish new McInerney novel, debut children’s book

Penguin Random House has acquired ANZ rights (including audio) to a new novel and debut children’s book by Monica McInerney. The two-book deal was struck... Read more


Scribe acquires debut novel by Horton

Scribe has acquired world rights to Luke Horton’s debut novel, The Fogging, which was highly commended in the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards unpublished manuscript... Read more


MidnightSun acquires debut picture book about pioneer aviator

MidnightSun Publishing has acquired world rights to Beverly McWilliams’ first picture book Born to Fly, illustrated by Timothy Ide. Born to Fly follows the life... Read more

Whitcoulls pulls Peterson’s ‘12 Rules for Life’

New Zealand bookselling chain Whitcoulls has pulled Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life (Penguin Press), reports the NZ Herald. In an email to customers, the... Read more


Scribble to begin publishing directly into North America

Scribe’s picture-book list Scribble will begin publishing titles directly into North America in September this year. Scribble will launch its North American publishing list with... Read more


Mascara announces winners of Avant-garde Literary Awards

Mascara Literary Review has announced the winners of the Avant-garde Literary Awards for literature, criticism and theory. The awards recognise ‘books which are stretching the... Read more


ANZ authors nominated for 2019 RITA Awards

Several Australian and New Zealand authors have been nominated for the 2019 RITA Awards for excellence in published romance novels and novellas, presented by the... Read more


Ledden-Lewis wins 2019 Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award

Bundjalung artist Charmaine Ledden-Lewis has won Magabala Books’ 2019 Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award. A freelance artist based in Blackheath, NSW, Ledden-Lewis receives $10,000, a mentorship... Read more


Red Room Poetry fellowship shortlist announced

Red Room Poetry has announced the shortlist for its 2019 fellowship, which recognises the achievements and artistic goals of contemporary Australian poets. The 11 shortlisted... Read more

Kozlowski wins Leila St John Award

Children’s book specialist Kathy Kozlowski has received the annual Leila St John Award, presented by Victorian branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA).... Read more

Red Room Poetry expands Poetry in First Languages schools program to QLD, NT, ACT

Red Room Poetry is expanding its Poetry in First Languages (PIFL) program in 2019 to include Queensland, the Northern Territory and the ACT. The PIFL... Read more


Arena Magazine launches $1000 Alan Roberts Prize

The Arena Foundation, in association with Arena Magazine, has launched an annual prize for the best essay related to ‘ecology, social life or a politics... Read more

Sales, earnings up at PRH in 2018

Penguin Random House (PRH) parent company Bertelsmann has reported a slight rise in sales and earnings at the publisher in 2018, with revenue up 1.9%... Read more

Waterstones staff campaign for ‘real living wage’

In the UK, staff at bookselling chain Waterstones are campaigning to be paid the ‘real living wage’, reports the Bookseller. Piccadilly Waterstones bookseller April Newton... Read more

US Christian bookstore chain to close 170 bricks-and-mortar stores

In the US, Christian bookstore chain LifeWay Christian Resources has announced that it will close all 170 of its physical stores by the end of... Read more


‘Smash All the Windows’ wins inaugural Selfies Award

In the UK, Jane Davis’ self-published novel Smash All the Windows has won the inaugural Selfies Award for a self-published work of fiction. Smash All... Read more


‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ wins Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019

In the UK, Onjali Q Raúf’s novel The Boy at the Back of the Class (Orion Children’s Books) has won the £5000 (A$9230) Waterstones Children’s... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Zeitgeist Agency has sold Dutch-language rights to Below Deck (Sophie Hardcastle) to Uitgeverij Prometheus, and German-language rights to Kein & Aber. Hachette has... 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 Samantha... Read more


Bestsellers: Easter books in the charts x

The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, Wiley) is back on top of the bestsellers chart this week, relegating James Patterson’s 18th Abduction (Century) to number two,... Read more


February bestsellers: ‘The Rosie Result’ and ‘The Barefoot Investor’ top charts x

Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Result—the final instalment in the internationally bestselling Rosie trilogy—has debuted at the top of the Australian fiction bestsellers chart for February. Other... Read more

Young people speak out about the closure of SLV’s Centre for Youth Literature x

‘Even if everything does continue on as usual … it denies teenage and youth leaders having their own independent organisation. It’s like saying YA literature isn’t important enough to have an organisation by itself.’—Young people, including 12-year-old Inky Awards judge Luca Fraillon, appeal to politicians following the ‘re-branding’ of the State Library of Victoria’s Centre for Youth Literature.


SLV launches $75,000 appeal to acquire Bruce Postle Archive

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) has launched a public appeal to raise $75,000 by the end of June to acquire and preserve the archive... Read more

British Library plans expansion into northern England

The British Library is planning to open a branch in the city of Leeds as part of an expansion of its activities in northern England,... Read more


LBF ‘as busy as ever’; Australians report interest in ‘uplifting nonfiction’ and self-help for kids

Australian publishers attending the 2019 London Book Fair (LBF) reported an interest in ‘uplifting or inspiring nonfiction’ and ‘self-development, self-esteem, resilience and mental health books... Read more


Karys McEwen: Why you should meet your heroes

In her first column for 2019, high school library manager Karys McEwen argues that young people have much to gain from interacting with authors in... Read more

Jocelyn Moorhouse’s ‘Unconditional Love: A Memoir of Filmmaking and Motherhood’

‘Moorhouse has the storyteller’s powerful memory for detail and the filmmaker’s eye for the emotionally imbued image, whether describing the intense girl she once was... Read more

ACT Book of the Year: evaluation survey

artsACT is undertaking an evaluation of the ACT Book of the Year Award, as part of reviewing all arts funding programs to inform the development... Read more

Editors NSW: Educational publishing presentation

Editors NSW is running a presentation on educational publishing, presented by Dr Gurdish Gill. The presentation will look at the fast-paced world of educational publishing:... Read more

2019 Voss Literary Prize open for entries

The Australian University Heads of English (AUHE) and the estate of Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss are pleased to call for nominations for the sixth annual Voss Literary Prize. The prize, for the best novel published in Australia in 2018, carries a cash prize and will be presented at the AUHE AGM in November 2019. A nomination form and details of entry can be found at vossliteraryprize.com. Entries must be received by COB, 30 April 2019.


Walker Books congratulates CBCA shortlisted authors

Walker Books Australia congratulates the following authors and illustrators on their inclusion in the CBCA Shortlist. Sarah Epstein for Small Spaces; Mark Greenwood and Andrew McLean for The Happiness Box: A Wartime Book of Hope; Donna Rawlins, Mark Jackson and Heather Potter for Waves; and Claire Saxby and Tannya Harricks for Dingo.


$5000 Maritime History Book Prize nominations open

Writers, publishers and readers are invited to nominate works for the Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize worth $5000. Nominations close on 31 July 2019.

The prize will be awarded for a nonfiction book treating any aspect of maritime history relating to or affecting Australia, written or co-authored by an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and published between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2018.

For more details, see the website.




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