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26 June 2019


‘Boy Swallows Universe’ wins ABA book of the year; booksellers of the year announced x

Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe (Fourth Estate) has won the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Booksellers Choice Award at the 2019 ABA conference awards night, held in... Read more
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Shortlist for 2019 National Biography Award announced

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has announced the shortlist for the 2019 National Biography Award, worth a total of $42,000. The shortlisted... Read more


Naher, Heifetz announce new literary agency

Agents Gaby Naher of The Naher Agency and Grace Heifetz of Curtis Brown Australia have partnered to form a new literary agency called Left Bank... Read more
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Owners of Lorne Beach Books to retire after 40 years in the trade x

The owners of Lorne Beach Books in regional Victoria are selling their shop after 40 years in the book trade. David and Meryl Bartak owned... Read more


BWF 2019 program announced

The program has been announced for the 2019 Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF), which runs from 5–8 September. Over 160 writers will appear at the festival,... Read more
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MWF reveals first international guests

Sonic Youth co-founder and author of the memoir Girl in a Band (Faber) Kim Gordon, Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt, and Black Lives Matter activist and... Read more


Former Finch staff launch Bad Apple Press

Two former Finch Publishing staff have launched Bad Apple Press, a ‘boutique’ publisher of local nonfiction specialising in memoir. Bad Apple Press was founded by... Read more

Hardie Grant defamation policy not renewed; insurer cites Turnbull memoir

Hardie Grant’s insurer, Chubb, cited Malcolm Turnbull’s forthcoming memoir as a factor that influenced its decision not to renew the publisher’s existing defamation cover, reports the... Read more

ABR announces Behrouz Boochani Fellowship

The Australian Book Review (ABR) has announced its inaugural $10,000 Behrouz Boochani Fellowship, presented in association with the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness at the... Read more


Hachette acquires local rights to debut thriller

Hachette Australia has acquired ANZ rights to Gold Coast-based author Allie Reynolds’ debut novel Shiver, in partnership with Headline UK. Headline’s fiction publishing director Jennifer... Read more


A&U acquires rights to International Man Booker winner ‘Celestial Bodies’ x

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired ANZ rights to Jokha Alharthi’s Celestial Bodies, winner of the 2019 International Man Booker Prize, from Claire Roberts at... Read more


‘A Room Called Earth’ sold to US, Canada

North American rights to Victoria-based writer Madeleine Ryan’s forthcoming debut novel A Room Called Earth have been sold to Penguin Random House USA imprint Penguin... Read more


Scholastic acquires two books by Rove McManus

Scholastic Australia has acquired world rights to two children’s books by TV personality Rove McManus. Scholastic will publish the picture book Disgusting McGrossface in September... Read more


Dr Karl returns to ABC Books in three-book deal x

ABC Books has acquired three new books by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki in a deal negotiated by Jeanne Ryckmans of the Cameron Creswell Agency. The deal... Read more


Paramount acquires film rights to McKinty’s ‘The Chain’

Paramount Pictures has acquired the film rights to Adrian McKinty’s forthcoming novel The Chain (Hachette, July), reports Deadline. Paramount executive Alex Jackson acquired the rights... Read more

NT History Book Award 2019 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2019 Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award has been announced. The three shortlisted titles are: Found in Translation: Many meanings... Read more


O’Sullivan wins 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction

Jane O’Sullivan has won the 2019 Lip magazine Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction for her short story ‘Limpet Teeth’. Judge Melanie Joosten said O’Sullivan’s piece, chosen... Read more


The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Nonfiction longlist announced

Melbourne-based literary magazine The Lifted Brow and RMIT’s non/fictionLab have announced the longlist for their Prize for Experimental Nonfiction. The longlisted writers and their works are:... Read more

UK publishing revenue down two percent in 2018 x

The UK Publishers Association (PA) has found the UK publishing industry’s revenues in 2018 fell two percent on the previous year, with a five percent... Read more


US book market contracts slightly for fifth year in a row

The Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) annual StatShot report on the US book industry, published on 21 June, found the total US book market to... Read more


Keefe, Burns win 2019 Orwell Prize

In the UK, two authors writing about the conflict in Northern Ireland have been awarded £3000 each (A$5470) as part of the Orwell Prize, reports... Read more


Adam wins 2019 Desmond Elliott Prize

Claire Adam has won the 2019 Desmond Elliott Prize for first-time novelists for Golden Child (Faber). The winning novel, which follows the lives of a... Read more

PEN America condemns death of Uighur author following detention in Chinese camp

PEN America has condemned the death of prominent Uighur writer Nurmuhammad Tohti, who died after being held in one of Xinjiang’s internment camps, reports the... Read more


Harjo becomes first Native American poet laureate

Joy Harjo has been named the 23rd poet laureate of the United States, becoming the first Native American poet to hold the post, reports Publishers... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Barbara J Zitwer of the Barbara J Zitwer Agency has sold North American rights to A Room Called Earth (Madeleine Ryan) to Penguin Random... 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: Gilbert’s ‘City of Girls’ enters top 10 x

This week’s bestseller chart is looking very similar to last week’s, with Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate) topping the chart for the third... Read more


May bestsellers: ‘Alpacas with Maracas’ tops picture book chart x

Over one million children in schools, libraries and bookshops across Australia participated in this year’s National Simultaneous Storytime on 22 May, so it was no... Read more


Vincent and the Grandest Hotel on Earth (Lisa Nicol, Puffin) x

Not 10 pages after inheriting his grandfather’s ostensibly magical shoeshine kit, Vincent is scouted to shine shoes at the Grandest Hotel on Earth—a job that... Read more

Africa Rising summit: ‘African publishing is the new frontier’

‘If Iceland, with 300,000 people, can sustain literary culture, why not Africa, where there are 40 million speakers of Yoruba, or 60 million Hausa, and 100 million speaking Swahili?’—In the opening keynote at the International Publishers Association’s Africa Rising summit, Kenyan novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o encouraged publishers to publish books in indigenous languages, while addressing the misconception that there is no existing market for them.



Publishers Weekly

Books+Publishing is partnering with US trade news magazine Publishers Weekly to provide our subscribers with exclusive access to the weekly digital edition of PW magazine... Read more


Christchurch’s Tūranga library wins NZ property industry awards

Christchurch’s central library, Tūranga, has won two awards at the 2019 New Zealand Property Industry Awards. Opened in October last year after six years of... Read more


ANU launches Australian Common Reader database

Researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) have launched a searchable database of Australian library records spanning 1861 to 1928. The Australian Common Reader website... Read more


Natural habitat: Kate Goldsworthy shares her career journey x

Over the past 10 years, Victoria-based editor Kate Goldsworthy has worked for a wide range of publishers, both in-house and as a freelancer. She shares... Read more

Changes at Five Mile

Five Mile has new staff members joining its team in newly created positions. Amanda Rae is appointed to the position of global sales executive and... Read more

Better Reading to feature booksellers and librarians

Better Reading is looking for great bookshops and libraries, booksellers and librarians to feature on our site. Our BR community is highly engaged across social media and loves hearing your stories. If you’d like us to feature your store or library, please get in touch. If you know of a great bookseller or librarian, tell us about them. All we need from you is the idea, some photos and perhaps a brief Q&A. Let’s celebrate the places and people that bring books to the community. Contact: jane@betterreading.com.au


Lorne Beach Books for sale

Bookshop for sale

Lorne Beach Books, Lorne, Vic

Opened in 1999 by David and Meryl Bartak after 20 years of owning and operating Black Mask Books in Toorak Rd, South Yarra. Forty years of creating and helping readers is coming to an end. It’s time to put on the thongs and walk on the beach.

An independent, eclectic quality bookshop with no competition, no newsagency and no DDS in prestigious coastal town.

Suit someone looking for a sea-change or as a coastal addition to an existing shop.

Good price for the right person. A new lease with options available.

Contact David and Meryl Bartak.
Email: david.bartak13@gmail.com
Phone: 0412 547 188


What on Earth Books to be distributed by Walker Books Australia

Walker Books Australia is delighted to announce that they have taken on the Australian distribution of award-winning UK publishing house What on Earth Books, beginning August 2019. For more information visit the website.




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