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22 May 2019

Miles Franklin 2019 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award, worth $60,000, has been announced. The longlisted titles are: The Lebs (Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Hachette) Flames... Read more
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Christer steps down as PRH publishing director, to be replaced by Ractliffe x

Justin Ractliffe has been appointed Penguin Random House (PRH) ANZ publishing director, replacing Nikki Christer in the role. Christer will step into the new role... Read more

Schulz to resign from UQP after 11 years x

UQP children’s and YA publisher Kristina Schulz will resign from the position, after an 11-year tenure with the publisher. Schulz began with UQP in 2008... Read more
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Purcell resigns from Booktopia x

Booktopia director of books John Purcell has resigned from the company, effective 22 May. Purcell began at Booktopia in a customer service role in 2009.... Read more


IPEd conference 2019: pay rates, copyright discussed

More than 300 delegates attended this year’s National Editors Conference in Melbourne in May, under the theme ‘Beyond the page’. Run by the Institute for... Read more
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Young wins 2019 Text Prize for ‘Loner’

Melbourne writer Georgina Young has won the 2019 Text Prize for her YA novel, Loner. Loner is a ‘humorous and heartfelt exploration of new adulthood’... Read more

Readings YA Prize 2019 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2019 Readings Young Adult Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Highway Bodies (Alison Evans, Echo) What I Like About Me (Jenna... Read more


Remiger wins 2019 Michael Gifkins Prize

Tom McLean, writing as Tom Remiger, has won the 2019 Michael Gifkins Prize for an unpublished novel for his novel Soldiers. Chosen from a shortlist... Read more

Writers Victoria announces Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund recipients

Writers Victoria has announced the fourth round of recipients for the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund. Twelve successful writers, booksellers and publishers were selected from... Read more


S&S acquires d’Alpuget’s updated Hawke bio x

Simon & Schuster Australia (S&S) has acquired world rights to Bob Hawke: The Complete Biography (Blanche d’Alpuget) and will publish ‘an updated and revised commemorative... Read more


Scribe acquires Madeleine Ryan’s debut novel

Scribe has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to debut literary novel A Room Called Earth by Australian writer Madeleine Ryan, via Barbara Zitwer of the... Read more


EWF 2019 program announced

The program has been announced for this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival, which runs in Melbourne from 19-29 June. More than 300 guests will appear at... Read more

Crowdfunding campaign for First Nations and POC Writers Count launched

The First Nations and People of Colour Writers (FNPOC) Count has launched a crowdfunding campaign through the Australian Cultural Fund to cover the cost of... Read more

Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival launches crowdfunding campaign for 2019 event

The organisers of the Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival, which is set to run this year from 12–28 July, have begun a crowdfunding campaign... Read more


Stella winner ‘The Erratics’ sells to US, Canada x

Jeanne Ryckmans at the Cameron Creswell Agency has sold US and Canadian rights in two separate deals to 2019 Stella Prize winner The Erratics (Vicki... Read more


Four authors to promote Oz crime fiction in US

Four Australian writers will travel to the US to promote Australian crime writing, after receiving a $25,000 career development grant last week. Sulari Gentill, Robert... Read more


‘The Big Four’ wins Ashurst Business Literature Prize

Ian Gow and Stuart Kells have won this year’s Ashurst Business Literature Prize for their book The Big Four: The Curious and Perilous Future of... Read more


Serong shortlisted for £15,000 Wilbur Smith Adventure Prize

Jock Serong has been shortlisted for the £15,000 (A$28,230) Wilbur Smith Adventure Prize, for his novel Preservation (Text). Preservation is one of six novels shortlisted... Read more

Eight local titles make ALIA most borrowed list 2019

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has partnered with library provider Civica to compile a list of most borrowed books from Australian libraries from... Read more

Canadian parliamentary review recommends reform of Copyright Act

A Canadian parliamentary committee has recommended the government undertake broad reform of the country’s copyright policies, following a review of the fallout following the implementation... Read more


Alharthi wins Man Booker International Prize 2019

Omani writer Jokha Alharthi has won the 2019 Man Booker International Prize for her novel Celestial Bodies (trans by Marilyn Booth, Sandstone Press). Alharthi is the... Read more


Antrobus wins Folio Prize for poetry collection ‘The Perseverance’

In the UK, poet Raymond Antrobus has won the £30,000 (A$55,260) Rathbones Folio Prize for his collection The Perseverance (Penned In The Margins), becoming the... Read more

New US tariffs on Chinese imports to include books

The office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has issued a notice that books are among the US$300 billion (A$435bn) in Chinese imports set to... Read more


Gunaratne wins 2019 Dylan Thomas Prize

In the UK, British-Sri Lankan writer Guy Gunaratne has won the 2019 International Dylan Thomas Prize for his debut novel In Our Mad and Furious... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction HarperCollins has sold the following translation rights to Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton): Russian-language rights to AST; Hebrew-language rights to Kinneret Zmora; 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 &... Read more


Bestsellers: ‘Boy Swallows Universe’ at number one x

Following an award-winning run this month, Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate) has made it to the top of the bestseller chart this week,... Read more


‘Girl Stuff 8–12’ tops Australian children’s/YA nonfiction bestsellers chart in April x

Kaz Cooke’s go-to guides for pre-teen and teenage girls, Girl Stuff 8–12 and the original Girl Stuff, are at number one and number eight respectively... Read more

Kathryn Lefroy’s ‘Alex and the Alpacas Save the World’ x

‘Readers will easily relate to strong and courageous Alex, who also carries her own set of personal doubts and grudges as she navigates relationships and... Read more

The value of sensitivity readers

‘A science fiction writer needs to know how an object moves in zero gravity, or what a black hole looks like … a cis, white, able bodied writer should be doing exactly the same—doing their research.’—In the UK, Usborne editor Darran Stobbart talks to the Bookseller about sensitivity readers for children’s and YA books.


Eight local titles make ALIA most borrowed list 2019

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has partnered with library provider Civica to compile a list of most borrowed books from Australian libraries from... Read more


Georgia Spanos on ‘When the Tomatoes Are Ready’

Georgia Spanos is a Melbourne-based writer, editor and ‘advocate for all things food and culture’. When she’s not the digital editor at Halliday magazine, she... Read more


Book buyer spotlight: Harry Hartog and Berkelouw Books’ Maxine Ryan x

Maxine Ryan has been working as a book buyer for Harry Hartog and Berkelouw Books for over 20 years. She spoke to Books+Publishing for our ‘book... Read more

Nancy Conescu joins Berbay Publishing x

Nancy Conescu will join Berbay Publishing as associate publisher. Conescu has previously worked at Walker Books Australia, Penguin USA and Little, Brown Books for Young... Read more

Elizabeth Allen has joined Lost in Books multilingual kids’ bookshop x

Elizabeth Allen has been appointed to the newly created position of Captain of Commerce at Lost in Books multilingual kids’ bookshop in Fairfield NSW. She... Read more

Publishers Publicity Circle update

The next Sydney Publishers Publicity Circle (PPC) meeting will be held on Wednesday, 19 June at Allen & Unwin, 83 Alexander Street, Crows Nest. Lara... Read more

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