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3 April 2019

Thirty Big W stores to close

Woolworths will close approximately 30 Big W stores over the next three years, following a review of the chain’s 183 stores, reports ABC News. Two... Read more
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Scribble wins Bologna Prize for children’s publishing

Scribe’s picture-book list, Scribble, has won the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year in the Oceania category. Scribble was chosen from a... Read more

Melbourne City of Lit announces Booksellers in Residence program

The Melbourne City of Literature has announced a new initiative for Victorian booksellers to spend a week in an overseas bookshop in another City of... Read more
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Gleeson, James nominated for 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Awards

Libby Gleeson and Ann James have been nominated by IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Australia as the Australian candidates for the 2020... Read more


Melbourne’s Embiggen Books to close

Melbourne independent bookshop Embiggen Books will close in June 2019. Co-owners Warren Bonett and Kirsty Bruce established Embiggen in Noosaville on the Sunshine Coast 12... Read more
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Federal government expands asset write-off scheme

The federal government has proposed an expansion of its ‘instant’ tax deduction threshold for small businesses, increasing the asset threshold from $20,000 to $30,000. The... Read more

Black Dog Books imprint to be absorbed into Walker’s flagship list x

Walker Books Australia has announced that the Black Dog Books imprint will be absorbed into the flagship Walker Books Australia list from May 2019. Founded... Read more


Storylines National Awards 2019 winners announced

The Storylines Children’s Literature Trust of New Zealand has announced the 2019 winners of three national awards. The winning entries in each category are: Joy... Read more


Carey shortlisted for 2019 Walter Scott Prize

Peter Carey’s novel A Long Way From Home (Penguin) has been shortlisted for the UK’s Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Set in the 1950s,... Read more

2019 Ernest Scott Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2019 Ernest Scott Prize for History has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Galleries of Maoriland: Artists, Collectors and the Māori... Read more

ALS Gold Medal 2019 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2019 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal has been announced. The longlisted titles are: Aqua Spinach (Luke Beesley, Giramondo) Beautiful Revolutionary... Read more

Hachette acquires new Max Barry novel

Hachette Australia and Hodder & Stoughton have jointly acquired British Commonwealth rights to a new ‘high-concept’ novel by Max Barry, reports the Bookseller. Hodder &... Read more


Hardie Grant acquires Tim Costello memoir x

Hardie Grant has acquired world rights to a memoir by former CEO of World Vision Australia Tim Costello. The memoir, titled A Lot with a... Read more


EWF announces 2019 festival ambassadors

The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) has announced the five writers appointed ambassadors for the National Writers’ Conference, which runs from 22-23 June at State Library... Read more

IPEd announces inaugural ambassadors

The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) has announced its inaugural ambassadors. The IPEd ambassadors are: Karin Hosking (ACT) Rebecca Harris (Qld) Matthew Sidebotham (ACT) Sophie... Read more


McGregor awarded $2000 by Kat Muscat Fellowship Committee

Express Media and the Kat Muscat Custodial Committee have awarded $2000 to Caitlin McGregor, to develop a ‘series of essays around care’. McGregor was highly... Read more

WAYRBA 2019 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2019 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards (WAYRBA) have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Picture books A... Read more

Literature podcasts among award finalists

The finalists of the 2019 Australian Podcast Awards have been announced. Podcasts in the literature, arts and music category are: Chat 10 Looks 3 Mamamia... Read more


Flemish author Bart Moeyaert wins 2019 Astrid Lindgren Award

In Sweden, Flemish author Bart Moeyaert has been announced as the winner of the five million krona (A$760,000) Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Moeyaert is the... Read more

2019 Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2019 International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Friday Black (Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, riverrun) Folk (Zoe Gilbert,... Read more

Leaver, Smith announce new publishing business

In the UK, former Quarto Group CEO Marcus Leaver and former Bonnier Zaffre CEO Mark Smith have launched a new trade publishing business, Welbeck Publishing... Read more

Macmillan, Scholastic report gender pay gaps

Macmillan and Scholastic are the latest UK publishers to report gender pay gaps as part of government regulations that require companies with 250 or more... Read more


2019 Republic of Consciousness Prize awards joint winners

In the UK, joint winners have been announced for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, which recognises ‘brave, bold and brilliant’ literature from small presses and... Read more


Antrobus wins 2019 Ted Hughes Award

In the UK, British Jamaican poet Raymond Antrobus has won the 2019 Ted Hughes Award for his debut collection The Perseverance (Penned In The Margins), reports... Read more

European Parliament passes copyright reform bill

The European Parliament has passed the EU’s copyright reform bill 348 votes to 274, reports the Bookseller. The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Bonnier Zaffre has sold Russian-language rights to Fled (Meg Keneally) to Hemiro. Nonfiction Monash University Publishing has sold African rights to Knowledge and... 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 Into... Read more


Bestsellers this week: ‘Boy Swallows Universe’ back in charts x

Two fiction titles are new to this week’s bestseller chart, with Clive Cussler’s latest adventure novel Celtic Empire (with Dirk Cussler, Michael Joseph) at number two... Read more

Susan Hurley’s ‘Eight Lives’

‘Hurley’s background in medical research and the pharmaceutical industry gives the story an authoritative voice, while the multi-voice narrative drips a steady pipette of equal-parts... Read more

Waterstones staffers agitate for wage increases

‘Waterstones’ much-celebrated return to profitability has been engineered by Daunt, but built on the labour of booksellers, much of it inadequately remunerated and unrecognised … Theirs is the tireless effort by which the company remains afloat, and to say—as Daunt has—that a stimulating job should be a reward in itself is not simply patronising, it is exploitative.’—Former Waterstones staffer Jim Taylor argues in the Guardian that wage increases for booksellers are long overdue. Waterstones managing director James Daunt responded to the recent criticism this week in the Bookseller.


‘Modest wins, major disappointments’ for libraries in federal Budget 2019-20: ALIA

The Australian Libraries and Information Alliance (ALIA) has responded to the federal government’s 2019-2020 budget, describing ‘a few modest wins’ as well as some ‘major... Read more

SLNSW announces new children's library

The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) is launching a fundraising appeal to help fund a new dedicated area for children and families to browse, sit... Read more

Victorian high-school clarifies library 'rebranded' not abolished

A Victorian high-school has confirmed it has rebranded, not abolished, its school library, contrary to a highly publicised Age article that ‘misrepresented the reality of... Read more

NSW library service to give away street library kits

The Port Macquarie-Hastings Library Service in regional NSW is giving away 10 street library kits to support the street literary movement, reports the Wauchope Gazette.... Read more


Tales of the unexpected: Events at Riverbend Books

Events manager Vicky Tosh shares the joys and hiccups of managing author events at Brisbane’s Riverbend Books. Before I was hired at Riverbend Books, I... Read more

Simon & Schuster US appoint NewSouth Books to distribute Skyhorse Publishing in ANZ

Following Skyhorse Publishing’s appointment of Simon and Schuster Inc. to represent their publications in the US domestic market and some international markets, Simon and Schuster Inc. have appointed NewSouth Books to continue representation of the Skyhorse list in ANZ, effective immediately. For more information please contact marketing@newsouthbooks.com.au or TL Distribution orders@tldistribution.com.au.


Availability of Allen & Unwin CBCA shortlisted titles

Congratulations to the Allen & Unwin authors and illustrators whose books have been shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year.

All our shortlisted titles are available and are being reprinted. We expect to begin supplying stock as follows:

  • Chalk Boy, Margaret Wild, illustrated by Mandy Ord (9781760630683, $24.99 HB)
  • Here Comes Stinkbug!, Tohby Riddle (9781760523527, $24.99 HB)
  • Noni the Pony Rescues a Joey, Alison Lester (9781760293123, $24.99 HB)
  • The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars, Jaclyn Moriarty (9781760297183, $22.99 HB)
  • Brindabella, Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Andrew Joyner (9781760112042, $16.99 PB)
  • Changing Gear, Scot Gardner (9781760631468, $19.99 PB)
  • Lenny’s Book of Everything, Karen Foxlee (9781760528706, $19.99 PB)
  • Lenny’s Book of Everything, Karen Foxlee (9781760529444, $27.99 HB)

Stock available: now

  • The Mediterranean, Armin Greder (9781760630959, $29.99 HB)

Stock available: 21 May

Order and enquiries to UBD: 1800 33 88 36
or orders@unitedbookdistributors.com.au


Cengage Australia’s Higher Education price review 1 May 2019

Cengage’s Higher Education division (University and VET) is implementing a price review, effective 1 May 2019.

All new orders released will reflect the new prices as of this date.




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