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3 July 2019


Miles Franklin Literary Award 2019 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award, worth $60,000, has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Lebs (Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Hachette) A Sand... Read more
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Over 300 booksellers encouraged to ‘change the narrative’ at upbeat ABA conference x

Almost 340 booksellers, publishers and other guests attended this year’s Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) conference, held in Melbourne from 23–24 June. ABA CEO Robbie Egan—who... Read more


Thames & Hudson to open Sydney office; Heath to join as associate publisher

Thames & Hudson (T&H) has announced an expansion of its Australian publishing division, with former Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) executive publisher Sally Heath to join... Read more
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Brown wins 2019 ALS Gold Medal

Pam Brown has won the 2019 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal for her poetry collection click here for what we do (Vagabond). Brown’s collection... Read more

Create NSW implements changes to arts funding application processes x

Create NSW has announced changes to its arts funding guidelines and processes. The new 2019/20 guidelines for the Arts and Cultural Funding Program consolidate the... Read more
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Speech Pathology Australia book awards 2019 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2019 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Birth to... Read more


Boochani, Fidler, Winch announced in first line-up for Ubud 2019

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) has announced its first guests for the 2019 festival, which will run from 23–27 October in Ubud, Indonesia. Headlining... Read more


A&U acquires local rights to C S Pacat YA trilogy

Allen & Unwin (A&U) has acquired ANZ rights to C S Pacat’s YA trilogy ‘Dark Rise’. In the trilogy, which is set in an alternate... Read more


Black Inc. sells Anna Krien’s forthcoming novel to UK

Black Inc. has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (ex ANZ and Canada) to Anna Krien’s debut novel Act of Grace (Black Inc., October) to Serpent’s... Read more


Five Mile sells UK, US and Canadian rights to Love Your Body

Five Mile has sold UK, US and Canadian rights to Jessica Sanders’ picture book Love Your Body (illus by Carol Rossetti) to the Quarto Group.... Read more


ILF celebrates International Year of Indigenous Languages with bookshop fundraising program

The Indigenous Literary Foundation (ILF) will mark the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages with a revamped membership program for bookshops. Launched last year, the... Read more


PRH announces inaugural recipients of Write It! program

Penguin Random House Australia has announced the inaugural recipients of its Write It! program for underrepresented writers. Chosen from a shortlist of 12, the four... Read more


Scribe, Varuna partner on new mentorship program

Scribe and Varuna, The Writers’ House, have partnered to offer a new mentorship program to three writers. The partnership combines a Varuna residency with an... Read more


Kill Your Darlings announces New Australian Fiction collection contributors

Kill Your Darlings (KYD) has announced the contributors to its inaugural annual print collection of short stories, New Australian Fiction, due to published in October... Read more


KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award longlist announced

The longlist for the 2019 Kill Your Darlings (KYD) Unpublished Manuscript Award has been announced. The longlisted authors and their works are: Pamela Baker for... Read more


Sparrow wins 2019 Walkley-Pascall Prize for arts criticism

Jeff Sparrow has won the 2019 Walkley-Pascall Prize for arts criticism for his essay ‘A Place of Punishment: No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani’ (Sydney... Read more


Two Australians longlisted for 2019 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award

In the UK, the longlist for the £30,000 (A$54,500) Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award has been announced, with Australian writers Paddy O’Reilly and Paul... Read more

Retailers to benefit from consolidated music licensing deal

From today, retailers will only need to secure one music license to play music in their stores, rather than two separate licenses from two rights... Read more

Overland announces shortlists for writing residencies

Literary journal Overland has announced the shortlists for two writing residencies that aim to address a lack of opportunities for underrepresented writers. The 2019 program... Read more

UK publishing employment up 3.9% in 2018

In the UK, publishing industry employment was up 3.9% in 2018, growing from 192,000 jobs in 2017 to 199,000 in 2018, reports the Bookseller. The... Read more

UK survey finds that older women feel misrepresented in fiction

In the UK, a survey of more than 1000 women over 40 has found that 51% of respondents feel that older women tend to fall... Read more

Amazon responds to NYT feature alleging widespread sales of counterfeit books

In the US, Amazon has responded to claims made in a New York Times (NYT) feature that the company takes a lax approach to policing... Read more

Locus Awards winners announced

In the US, the winners of the 2019 Locus Awards for science fiction and fantasy writing have been announced. Winners include: The Calculating Stars (Mary... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Black Inc. has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (ex ANZ and Canada) to Act of Grace (Anna Krien, October) to Serpent’s Tail (see... 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’ tops chart for fourth week running x

For the fourth consecutive week, Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate) is number one on the bestsellers chart, followed by Everything is F*cked (Mark... Read more


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

NSW libraries get $36.5m boost

The NSW state government has announced a funding boost of $36.5m to public libraries in 2019/20, as part of a total of $60m in additional... Read more

S&S latest publisher to change digital book lending terms

In the US, Simon & Schuster (S&S) has become the fourth of the Big Five publishers to change its digital book licensing terms for libraries... Read more


Is YA okay?: The state of Australian young adult literature

With reports from the UK showing a sharp decline in sales of  YA fiction, Jackie Tang explores whether the Australian market is experiencing similar changes.... Read more


Book buyer spotlight: ALS Library Services’ Philippa Siebert x

As a member of the acquisitions team at Adelaide-based ALS Library Services, Philippa Siebert has been helping libraries stock their shelves for over a decade.... Read more


Taking Tom Murray Home (Tim Slee, HarperCollins) x

This debut novel and winner of HarperCollins’ Banjo Prize is based on the ingenious premise of a funeral-protest that raises awareness of the pressures facing... Read more

Avid Reader in-store with Patrick Boone: Publishing around the globe

Join Patrick Boone for a talk about book publishing, selling, and distributing in the Netherlands. Patrick has interviewed start-ups in Iran, bookshops in India, and... Read more

Children’s publishing: networking drinks

Children’s publishing professionals are invited to a ‘Christmas in July’ event. Celebrate and catch up with friends and colleagues from all publishing houses. Eat, drink,... Read more

Lorne Beach Books for sale

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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




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