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29 May 2019

Faber Writing Academy course x

From the writing school inside Australia’s leading independent publishing house comes Your Brilliant Writing Career, a new symposium designed for early career writers. Symposium leader... Read more
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54 bookshops to receive Puffin grants x

Puffin has announced the 54 Australian bookshops that will receive a share of $100,000 in funding for children’s reading programs. The winning bookshops each receive... Read more

ABA booksellers of the year 2019 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2019 Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) booksellers of the year awards have been announced. The finalists for bookseller of the year are:... Read more
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Rusher departs MUP for Hachette

Emma Rusher will leave her position as head of sales and marketing at Melbourne University Publishing for a new role as communications director at Hachette... Read more


Fletcher appointed federal arts minister

Paul Fletcher has been appointed Minister for Communications, Cybersafety and the Arts under cabinet changes introduced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Fletcher takes over the... Read more
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Sheppard wins $15,000 Kathleen Mitchell Award; Dunk wins $15,000 Dal Stivens Award

Holden Sheppard has been announced as the winner of this year’s Kathleen Mitchell Award, presented biennially to the author aged 30 or under for an... Read more


Higgie wins inaugural Fogarty Literary Award for ‘The History of Mischief’

Rebecca Higgie has won the inaugural Fogarty Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript for her novel The History of Mischief. Higgie receives a $20,000 cash... Read more


Finalists for 2019 Walkley-Pascall Prize for arts criticism announced

The Walkley Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2019 Walkley-Pascall Prize for arts criticism, as part of its Mid-Year Celebration. The finalists are: Rosemary... Read more


‘Boy Swallows Universe’ to be adapted for TV x

Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe (Fourth Estate) will be adapted as an international television drama, reports Deadline Hollywood. Screen rights to Dalton’s bestselling debut, negotiated... Read more


‘Goodwood’ to be developed for television

The ABC, along with ABC Studios International, will develop Holly Throsby’s Goodwood (A&U) as a television series. The series will be written by Alison Bell... Read more


‘Half the Perfect World’ to be adapted for film x

Cascade Films has acquired the film adaptation rights to Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell’s Half the Perfect World: Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955–1964... Read more


Affirm acquires debut thriller; UK, US rights also sold x

Affirm Press has acquired ANZ rights to author Anna Downes’ debut thriller The Safe Place in a two-book deal, with US and UK & Commonwealth... Read more


Scribe acquires new Allington novel

Scribe has acquired world rights to Rise and Shine, a novel by Adelaide writer Patrick Allington. According to the publisher, the book is ‘a Kafkaesque fable of hope... Read more

Brow Books to publish guide to community-based projects

The Relationship is the Project, a new resource that aims to help practitioners, artists and cultural workers better engage with community-based projects, will be published... Read more


‘Boy Swallows Universe’ to be adapted for stage in 2020 x

Queensland Theatre has acquired the stage adaptation rights to Trent Dalton’s bestselling Boy Swallow Universe (Fourth Estate). The adaptation will be produced in partnership with... Read more


MWF schools’ program 2019 announced

The program for the 2019 Melbourne Writers Festival schools’ program has been announced. More than 60 writers, artists and performers will feature in over 70... Read more


Davitt Awards 2019 longlists announced

Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the longlists for the 2019 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. A total of 127... Read more

Peter Carey Short Story Award 2019 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2019 Peter Carey Short Story Award has been announced. The shortlisted stories are: ‘Elisabeth Kubler Ross’ by Paige Clark ‘Place, Lost’... Read more


New Dymocks store opens at Point Cook, VIC x

Chain retailer Dymocks has opened a new shop in the outer Melbourne suburb of Point Cook, about 30 kilometres west of the CBD. The Point... Read more

Copyright Agency announces inaugural Reading Australia Teacher Fellow

The Copyright Agency has announced the inaugural Reading Australia Fellow for a teacher of English and literacy. Alex Wharton, from Carinya Christian School in Gunnedah,... Read more

Wellcome Book Prize suspended after 10 years

In the UK, the Wellcome Book Prize has been suspended after 10 years of being awarded, reports the Bookseller. Founded in 2009 by UK biomedical... Read more

PRH buys minority stake in US independent publisher Sourcebooks

In the US, Penguin Random House (PRH) has bought a significant minority stake in independent publisher Sourcebooks. Sourcebooks will retain its majority ownership of 55%... Read more


Shortlist announced for 2019 UK Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize

In the UK, the shortlist for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize, recognising the best science books for children, has been announced. The shortlisted... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction HarperCollins Australia has sold screen rights to Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate) to Anonymous Content, Chapter One, Hopscotch Features and Joel Edgerton... 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 Candice... Read more


Bestsellers: Manson’s ‘Everything is F*cked’ debuts at number one x

Mark Manson’s new self-help book Everything is F*cked (HarperCollins) has debuted at number one on this week’s bestseller chart, while his previous book The Subtle Art... Read more

Lee Kofman’s ‘Split: True Stories of Leaving, Loss, and New Beginnings’

‘The emotional range, honesty and deep introspection make Split read like a map of the human heart. While the subject matter is separation and loss,... Read more

Bruce Pascoe on the reception to ‘Dark Emu’

‘I had a feeling this book would reach a wider audience. It just goes to show that Australia is changing its mind about its own history—there’s a conversation going on, and people are using the book to open that conversation. There’s still a few dinosaurs about, but the kids in particular are all over it.’Bruce Pascoe on his book Dark Emu, which has just been released as a young readers edition and is now in its 28th printing since it was first acquired by Magabala Books in 2014.


Insurers not liable for earthquake-prone Wellington library

Wellington mayor Justin Lester has confirmed that insurers are not liable for the cost of strengthening or demolishing the city’s central library, which in late... Read more

National Library of Scotland to house Rankin’s literary archive

UK crime writer Ian Rankin has donated his literary archive to the National Library of Scotland, reports the Bookseller. The collection comprises 50 boxes of... Read more


The ‘new Australian sensibility’: Literary agent Barbara J Zitwer on discovering Australian writers

New York-based literary agent Barbara J Zitwer represents writers including Man Booker International Prize-winner Han Kang, and recently sold rights on behalf of her Australian... Read more


Book buyer spotlight: Gleebooks’ Morgan Smith x

Morgan Smith has worked for Sydney’s Gleebooks for close to 25 years, and is currently the manager and book buyer at Gleebooks’ Dulwich Hill store.... Read more

Cowell leaves Text; Forge appointed editor x

Elizabeth Cowell has resigned from her role as senior editor at Text Publishing. Former freelance editor Samantha Forge has been appointed editor at Text and... Read more

MEAA session for book publishing staff

The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) is holding a session for book publishing staff wondering how to go about organising their own workplace and... Read more

State memorial for Les Murray

A state memorial for Les Murray will be held on Wednesday, 12 June at 2pm in the Mitchell Library Reading Room, State Library of New... Read more

Inaugural Janet Mackenzie Medal open for nominations

The inaugural Janet Mackenzie Medal, named after founding member of Editors Victoria Janet Mackenzie, is now open for nominations. The medal is given to an... Read more

Ford Street titles no longer available through ASO

Ford Street titles will no longer be available via Australian Standing Orders. Mindcull by K H Canobi will be the last title. NewSouth represents Ford... Read more

Children’s bookselling and publishing seminar

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) and Australian Publishers Association (APA) are running the Between the Covers, Behind the Counter: Children’s bookselling and publishing seminar with... Read more

Change for Lake Press

Brumby Sunstate will be taking on the exclusive distribution of Lake Press titles for the book store, newsagency and gift markets, effective 1 July 2019.

Lake Press will retain a direct relationship with the larger trade, department store and grocery retailer accounts. Lake Press’ Chief Operations Officer, Darren Busuttil said, ‘after evaluating a number of alternatives, Brumby Sunstate was the perfect fit to enable Lake Press to expand further and to better service key individual books stores and specialty retail accounts.’




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