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10 April 2019


Laveau-Harvie wins 2019 Stella Prize for debut ‘The Erratics’

Vicki Laveau-Harvie has won the 2019 Stella Prize, worth $50,000, for her memoir The Erratics (Fourth Estate). Judging panel chair Louise Swinn said The Erratics,... Read more
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New ambassadors, initiatives for 2019 Australian Reading Hour announced

Australian Reading Hour has announced its ambassadors and several new initiatives for this year’s event, which will be held on 19 September. Mick Elliott, Anthony... Read more

George Robertson Award 2019 winners announced

The winners of the 2019 George Robertson Award, which recognises long and distinguished service to the publishing industry, were announced by the Australian Publishers Association... Read more
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Authors, publishers join campaign to resettle Boochani

A number of prominent Australian writers, publishers and journalists have joined a new campaign calling on the federal government to resettle Manus Island-detainee and award-winning... Read more


The Paperback Bookshop celebrates 50 years

The Paperback Bookshop in Melbourne’s CBD is celebrating its 50th anniversary in April. Current co-owner Rosy Morton, who has owned the shop since 2000, said... Read more
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Griffiths wins 2019 Ernest Scott Prize

Billy Griffiths has won the 2019 Ernest Scott Prize for history for his book Deep Time Dreaming (Black Inc.). Griffiths book was chosen from a... Read more


Young shortlisted for 2019 Folio Prize

New Zealand writer Ashleigh Young has been shortlisted for the UK’s Rathbones Folio Prize. Her Windham-Campell Prize-winning essay collection Can You Tolerate This? (Giramondo) is... Read more


Brow Books acquires two Lau novels, Pham debut

Brow Books has acquired world rights to two novels by Jamie Marina Lau. Gunk Baby, which will be published in 2020, follows the character Leen,... Read more


Hardie Grant Egmont to publish ‘period guide’ by Yumi Stynes, Melissa Kang

Hardie Grant Egmont has acquired world rights to a guide for pre-teens about getting their period, written by journalist Yumi Stynes and Melissa Kang, the... Read more

Scribe acquires Guardian bureau chief’s book on Pell trial x

Scribe has acquired world rights in a pre-empt to a book by the Melbourne bureau chief of the Guardian, Melissa Davey, on the trials of... Read more

Scribe acquires ‘major title’ on women of ISIS x

Scribe has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to The Guest House for Young Widows: the women of ISIS, by journalist, writer and academic Azadeh Moaveni.... Read more


Andrada wins Anne Elder Award 2018 for ‘Flood Damages’

Australian Poetry has announced Eunice Andrada as the winner 2018 Anne Elder Award for her collection Flood Damages (Giramondo). The Anne Elder Award, established in... Read more


Australians nominated for 2019 Hugo Awards

Several Australian writers and artists are among the finalists for this year’s Hugo Awards for science-fiction. Australian author Foz Meadows has been named a finalist... Read more


NZ, Oz writers shortlisted for 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Two New Zealanders and one Australian writer are among the finalists for the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. New Zealand writer Maria Samuela was shortlisted... Read more


Leane wins 2019 Red Room Poetry fellowship

Wiradjuri poet and writer Jeanine Leane has won the 2019 Red Room Poetry Fellowship. Chosen from a shortlist of 11 poets, Leane receives a $5000... Read more


NewSouth to publish new play series; acquires ‘The 13-Storey Treehouse’ adaptation

NewSouth will publish Richard Tulloch’s playscript The 13-Storey Treehouse as part of its new play series in August 2019. NewSouth said the play ‘brings to... Read more

Report finds NZ writers earn $14.5k on average from their writing x

New Zealand writers earn an average of NZ$15,200 (A$14,515) per year from their writing, according to a new report commissioned by Copyright Licensing NZ. The... Read more


Man Booker International Prize 2019 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Celestial Bodies (Jokha Alharthi, trans by Marilyn Booth, Sandstone Press)... Read more

Waterstones staff deliver petition, self-published book with backing of 9000

Staff at UK bookselling chain Waterstones have handed in their petition for a ‘real living wage’, featuring more than 9000 signatures, to the chain’s head... Read more

Shortlist announced for 2019 Jhalak Prize for BAME writers

The shortlist for the UK’s Jhalak Prize for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) writers has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Built: The Hidden... Read more


International Dublin Literary Award 2019 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the International Dublin Literary Award 2019 has been announced. The 10 shortlisted titles are: Compass (Mathias Énard, trans by Charlotte Mandell, Fitzcarraldo... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Children’s Black Inc. has sold the film and television option to The Amazing Adventures of Grover McBane, Rescue Dog (Claire Garth, Piccolo Nero) to... 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 Joanne... Read more


Bestsellers: Reilly YA novel debuts at number one x

Matthew Reilly’s latest book—a YA novel—The Secret Runners of New York (Macmillan) has debuted at number one on this week’s bestseller chart, knocking The Barefoot... Read more

Tony Birch on identity and storytelling

‘What has changed in the last decade, a remarkable shift that critics of festivals ignore, is that Aboriginal writers now appear in greater numbers, and we get to speak for ourselves, rather than being spoken about by some colonial hack or ignored completely.’—Author Tony Birch delivered the inaugural Writers Victoria the State of the (Writing) Nation oration in November last year, a transcript of which has been published in the Autumn edition of Meanjin.


New database explores diversity in children’s books

The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literacy (NCACL) has launched a cultural diversity database designed to help librarians, teachers, parents and readers find books that... Read more


ALA publishes list of Top 11 Most Challenged Books in 2018

Alex Gino’s George (Scholastic) was the most challenged or banned title in US libraries, schools and universities in 2018 for its inclusion of a transgender... Read more


The prize is right: Authors on winning an unpublished manuscript prize

How does winning an unpublished manuscript prize affect the careers of debut authors? Jackie Tang talks to two recent winners. It’s difficult to ignore the... Read more

Christopher Cheng & Bruce Whatley’s ‘One Tree’ x

‘One Tree acknowledges the old ways while being realistic, but not negative, about modern life. It shows there are always possibilities for change and it... Read more

Soeterboek leaves NewSouth for UTS

Nella Soeterboek, the outgoing director of NewSouth Books, has joined the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion as partnerships manager.

Books at MIFF: Submissions open

Submissions are now open for the 37ºSouth’s Books at MIFF (BaM) program. Australian and NZ publishers and literary agents who are film rights holders of... Read more

Editors Victoria: Dinner meeting

Editors Victoria is holding a dinner meeting featuring Peter Davies. Formerly the assistant manager, reports and communications, in the Victorian Attorney-General’s department, Davis will reveal... Read more



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